In 1985 I interviewed Noel Paul Stookey at our local radio station in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia.
That's right! You know the guy; 'Paul' from that famous folk trio 'Peter Paul and Mary'. (For all those under 50, this group was huge in the 1960's; they are still legendary in the minds of baby boomers even now).
My friend, Russell, and I picked Stookey up from the airport and transported him to our community radio station, 2CHYFM, in order to promote his concert that same night. Chronologically, this event was towards the end of Stookey's Australian tour where he was travelling with a band called Bodyworks.
After an initial embarrassment due to the station unprepared for us, the interview was finally conducted on the 28th September 1985.
So, how did it all go? Well, to be very frank, not very well at all! Stookey was tired and seemingly grumpy; I was young and far too naive.
Read on to access the actual interview (which has just been re-discovered) and also my recollections of a very uncomfortable interview that haunted me for years after…