Retired music executive Joe Smith decided to share his treasure trove of exclusive interviews of more than 200 celebrated music icons with the Library Of Congress. The unedited sound recordings feature personal accounts from music’s MVPs, such as Elton John, Ray Charles, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Bo Diddley, Steven Tyler and, today’s birthday boy, Paul McCartney.
The 238 hours of interviews have been digitized by the LOC and will be accessible in its Capitol Hill reading room. Some of the recordings also will be streamed on the Library’s website later this year.
Catch a sneak peek of the candid conversations between Smith and Bowie, McCartney, Dylan and Diddley below.
Bowie on performing as different characters versus being himself:
McCartney on “the drug thing”:
Dylan on not believing the 1960s hype:
Diddley on music industry “friendships” and that good-looking copycat Elvis: