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Video: Animated Michael Jackson Interview on ‘Blank On Blank’

posted by Oscar September 17, 2014

We’re big fans of Blank On Blank, a series by PBS Digital Studios through which they resurface old interviews of iconic figures and add animation to what would otherwise only be audio bits of interesting information. The interview includes a bit of the game “telephone,” with interviewer John Pidgeon giving his questions to then 13-year old Janet Jackson who then relayed them over to big brother Michael. MJ talked about the influence of the peacock on their approach to putting on a show, perfectionism, and how his working relationship with Quincy Jones came about.

Choice quote from this: “My singing… i’ll just say it simple as possible: it’s just godly.”

Hear the full conversation http://rocksbackpages.com


Video: Animated David Bowie Interview on ‘Blank On Blank’

posted by Oscar May 20, 2014

Here’s another good one from the Blank On Blank series… PBS Digital Studios took to task animating this interesting 1988 interview in which David Bowie opens up about working with the likes of Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, and his iconic “Ziggy Stardust” character, during which he talks about being the ultimate Rock star during that era and why the character couldn’t have genuinely lasted longer than it did.

At just over 5 minutes, this interview is definitely one of the better ones Blank On Blank has featured.


Video: Animated Jimi Hendrix Interview on ‘Blank on Blank’

posted by Oscar February 5, 2014

For the latest vintage interview revived by the folks at PBS Digital Studios, the latest edition of Blank on Blank focuses on what turned out the be the final interview of the legendary guitarist, Jimi Hendrix. Conducted on Sept. 11, 1970 in London by Keith Altham, the interview sees Jimi open up about the evolution of his “look” and his music, music getting too heavy, and wanting to bring about a sort of 3rd world where he would actually “belong.” See it, with animation from Patrick Smith, above.

Hear the full interview RocksBackPages.com


Video: Animated Kurt Cobain Interview on ‘Blank on Blank’

posted by Oscar October 24, 2013

PBS Digital Studios has released another animated interview video for their Blank on Blank series, this time featuring Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The late singer opens up to Jon Savage about feeling awkward in high school, his thoughts on Zeppelin lyrics, thinking he might have been gay, and the effect that came with getting married and having a child. It’s got a good bit of information for Nirvana fans and of course the animation is entertaining.

See it above.