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April 20 , 2010

The Chieftains: The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus


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Joe Jackson is a freelance journalist with The Irish Times. He also is an author and a broadcaster whose programmes include ten one hour specials titled 'The Essential Elvis.' He also happens to be a life-long Elvis fan who lightheartedly suggests he has been "writing about Elvis since January 8th 1964, when I wrote in my first childhood…

"As I say, in the preface of this book, On November 22nd 1991, while working as an interviewer for The Irish Times and an Irish rock magazine, I decided to go to war for the Chieftains because, like its leader Paddy Moloney, I thought his group was needlessly knocked into the media shadows in Ireland by the market dominance of U2. 21 years later I am still fighting that war in order to try, in my own small way, to ensure that the Chieftains get their due as one of the greatest groups in the world. And later in 2012, I shall fight this war again in The Chieftains: The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus Volume 2."

Joe Jackson is an Irish author, journalist and broadcaster. He has worked closely with The Chieftains, written more than twenty articles which have been published worldwide, sleeve notes for the group's DVD's and a tribute for the programme when Paddy Moloney received and Ivor Novello award. He also attended the Grammy Awards with the Chieftains and a recording session with the group, Frank Zappa and Tom Jones. Jackson's books include Other Voices, A Personal History of Folk Music, co-written with Nanci Griffith, Troubadours and Troublemakers (Ireland Now: A Culture Reclaimed), David Norris: Trial By Media and Gabriel Byrne: The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus.

In The Chieftains: The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus, Jackson publishes for the first time the full, unexpurgated interviews which were conducted from 1991-1999. These were done to help promote seminal Chieftains albums such as The Bells of Dublin, Another Country, The Long Black Veil and Tears of Stone. This book also includes interviews with Frank Zappa, Tom Jones, Joni Mitchell, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osbourne, Heather Rankin, Natalie McMaster and Akiko Yano,

Please note that The Joe Jackson Interviews Plus is a series of booklets which are described by their author as "similar to the Amazon concept of 'Singles' in that they are texts that range in length from 5,000 words to 30,000 and are not full length books." The Chieftains booklet is 25, 000 words.

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