For some time The Back Office and I have discussed the concept of running one-question interviews. In fact, we tried to nail down such an interview once, when we were approached to review Eagles guitarist Don Felder’s autobiography. The one-question interview is best reserved for major artists who are too busy to sit down with us for an extended chat. The question should be a question that you feel only you have the insight and balls to ask. Felder’s camp considered our offer, but he was already booked for some 2:00 am appearance on CMT.
For years prior to launching Rock Town Hall I’ve kept a pocketful of single questions that I would ask some of my favorite artists, if I ever had the chance to run into them.
For instance, I’d ask Roy Wood what it feels like to have had Jeff Lynne suck the creative blood out of him in as brazen and desparate a fashion as Klaus Kinski’s Nosferatu.
I might ask Brian Eno if what sounds like purposely sloppy tape splices made during the rests in the solo of “Needles in the Camel’s Eye” were done with a purpose.
And I’d definitely ask Martin Scorsese if the gangland killing montage in Goodfellas is in any way an homage to a similarly beautiful and vengeful killing spree in Kurusawa’s Ran.
Sure, these may be serious mouth-breather questions, but if you’ve only got one question to ask a favorite artist what would it be?