An Interview with Lew Bracker

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Of the more than 200 books written on the subject of James Dean, few actually had the honor of being close to the man behind the myth. In his latest work Jimmy & Me: A Personal Memoir of James Dean Lew Bracker offers up his memories of one of the most dedicated actors of all time.

What were you like as a child? What are some of your most fond memories of that time? How have you changed most since then?

I have never really thought about how I was as a child. I grew up among a very large extended family in a small town, so I felt very secure with so many aunts and uncles and cousins around me. I do think it had a lasting effect on me in many ways. For one thing, family meant so much to me.

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“James Dean: On the Road to Salinas,” an interview with Lee Raskin

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Author Lee Raskin is a Porsche historian and author of James Dean At Speed. He is a leading authority on the passion for racing possessed by James Dean. His latest offering James Dean: On the Road to Salinas seeks to respectfully enlighten the reader to the truth of his death. The book also features the photos of Sanford Roth. The release is set to coincide with the 60th Anniversary of Dean’s passing and is available for pre-order now at stanceandspeed.com.

Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? What were you like as a child? What are some of your most fond automotive memories growing up?

During my formative years, I grew up in the middle of America — Omaha, Nebraska. My mother’s family owned a replacement auto parts and accessory business — Wolfson Auto Parts. I was always the curious type, particularly about…

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An Interview with Debra Christofferson

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Debra Christofferson has appeared on shows such as NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Grey’s Anatomy, and American Horror Story to name a few. She is likely best known for her role as Lila on HBO’s hit show Carnivale. She can currently be seen on the Nickelodeon series 100 Things to Do Before High School as well as in the television film, A Deadly Adoption, and will soon appear on the Sundance Channel series Rectify.

As someone who was raised in a small town in the Midwest and had the chance to enjoy life on the farm, how do you think your early beginnings there have influenced you to be who you are today?

Actually, we lived in town; my grandma lived on the family farm and my dad farmed the land and raised cattle until recently. He has worked from dawn till dusk nearly every day of his…

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Saving Fairmount: James Dean’s Hometown, An Interview with Filmmaker Michael Mathias

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James Dean & Marcus Winslow Jr. in Fairmount, 1955. Photo by Dennis Stock. James Dean & Marcus Winslow Jr. in Fairmount, 1955. Photo by Dennis Stock.

In tribute to the town where James Dean grew to be the great man he was, documentary filmmaker Michael Mathias pays homage the small town with great soul. The film Saving Fairmount: James Dean’s Hometown gives an in-depth look into wonderfully welcoming appeal of America’s most beloved small town.

The film can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuZc1Cd8a6Q

For those would like to help preserve it with donations of any amount more information. can be found at http://www.mainstreetfairmount.org/.

Are you a native of Marion, Indiana or did you move there later on?

I’ve lived here my entire life. Small town life is something that you have to learn to love. I grew up dreaming about graduating high school and heading off to a big, hip city where everyone was a self proclaimed artist. I soon realized that wasn’t…

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An Interview with Tim Minear

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Tim Minear is best known for his work as an executive producer on American Horror Story, for which he was nominated for two Emmy Awards. He has also worked on such shows as Firefly, Angel, Lois and Clark, X-Files, and Wonderfalls among others.

As someone who grew up as one of those kids who made movies with their friends, do you still enjoy seeing your creations come to life as much as you did then? What does it feel like to see your ideas come to life on screen?

When it comes close to what’s in your head, it’s amazing. Though in the last couple of years my best friend and I had all our super 8 movies preserved digitally. Going through that stuff was the most thrilling thing. Our childhoods from about 8 years old to mid twenties was all right there. It’s like having a time…

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An Interview with Nelson Braswell

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Virginia native Nelson Braswell discovered the love of music at an early age. A self-taught vocalist, guitarist, and bass player he has had the opportunity to open for acts like Ratt, Dokken, and others. Over the years his work has appeared on five various albums, most recently he can be found on Potomac Records. The two newest singles Roll With It and Devil’s Playground are available from there now.

What was it like growing up in Virginia? How did that affect who you are as a person?

It was as typical as living anywhere else, I guess. As a kid, we moved a lot, due to my step father being a truck driver. So I, at a young age, was frequently the new kid in school, until my early teens when we finally settled down. In Virginia, I experienced city and country living growing up. I worked hard and played…

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An Interview with Shane Fitzgibbon

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Shane Fitzgibbon is best known as the drummer of Gunzo. Formed by guitarist Tracii Guns(L.A Guns) Gunzo features bassist Rudy Sarzo(Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Oyster Cult, and Queensryche), and Keith St. John on vocals. They can currently be found touring various locations around the U.S.

What was it like growing up in Orange County? Did it leave lasting impression on you coming from where you do?

Growing up in OC was really great, it honestly doesn’t get much better. That being said, there was not always a ton of interesting stuff to get into in the suburbs so you really have to search out ways to have some fun and get into a little trouble. As far as it having a lasting impression on me…I’m not really sure…I think the thing that has had the more significant impression on me was branching out of the bubble and trying…

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An Interview with The Boxmasters

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The Boxmasters is an Americana Rock and Roll band currently made up of Billy Bob Thornton, J.D Andrew, Brad Davis, and Ted Andreadis. Their fourth album, Somewhere Down the Road was released on 101 Ranch Records, April 7, 2015. It was an honor to sit down with the band for a glimpse at the men behind the music.

What were you like as a child growing up? What is your most fond memory from that time in your life? Did your love of music develop at an early age?

Billy Bob Thornton: My love of music developed when I was 3 or 4 because we used to listen to music around my Grandma’s house. It was mostly what was on the radio at the time, especially Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis. A lot of Sun records. My mom loved Jim Reeves and Ray Price and people like that, so that…

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An Interview with Ron Thal a.ka. Bumblefoot

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Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal is a guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He is likely best known for his stint as lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses. His tenth album Little Brother Is Watching features Dennis Leeflang on drums. With over 20 years of experience in the music industry Ron has collaborated with some of the most iconic musicians of our time. Most recently he has collaborations with DMC (Run DMC) and Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, Art of Anarchy). Bumblefoot also has music appearing in TV, film, and videogames. He works with U.S Embassies around the world on cross-cultural music programs and works with dozens of international charities visiting orphanages and children’s hospitals.

Do you happen to remember what you very first favorite song was?

Probably the theme to Sesame Street. (laughs) I started listening to music very young.

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An Interview with Wayne Nelson of Little River Band

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Wayne Nelson is best known from his work as the lead singer/bassist for Little River Band. Founded in Australia in 1975, the band has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, and are the first band to achieve the record of having Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years.

When did you first discover your love of music?

My earliest memories are infused with music. My parents constantly had music in playing in our home…Chopin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, et al from my mom, and marching music from my dad who was a drum major in college. And both loved Broadway music and plays. They also both sang in the church choir, and were active in local theater groups. So I went with them to rehearsals and services. Rhythm, harmony, and composition were in the air on a regular basis.

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