June 2017 Interviews

Celebrity Interviews – June 2017

Brian Skerry - 2017 Rolex National Geographic Explorer Of The Year - New Book "Shark"

Brian Skerry - 2017 Rolex National Geographic Explorer Of The Year - New Book "Shark" - Published on June 24, 2017

Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998 he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories. In 2014 he was named a National Geographic Photography Fellow. In 2015 Brian was named a Nikon Ambassador.

An award-winning photographer, Brian is praised worldwide for his aesthetic sense as well as his journalistic drive for relevance. His uniquely-creative images tell stories that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea, but also help bring attention to the large number of issues that endanger our oceans and its inhabitants.

Unique within the field of underwater photography is Brian’s ability to pursue subjects of great diversity. His year round assignment schedule frequently finds himself in environments of extreme contrast from tropical coral reefs to diving beneath polar ice. While on assignment he has lived on the bottom of the sea, spent months aboard fishing boats and traveled in everything from snowmobiles to canoes to the Goodyear Blimp to get the picture. He has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater over the last thirty years.

For National Geographic Magazine, Brian has covered a wide range of stories, from the harp seal’s struggle to survive in frozen waters to the alarming decrease in the world’s fisheries, both cover stories. Other NGM features have focused on subjects such as the planet’s last remaining pristine coral reefs, the plight of the right whale, sharks of the Bahamas, marine reserves, sea turtles and squid. His latest cover story, about dolphin cognition, appeared in the May 2015 issue. He is currently at work on his twenty-sixth feature story for NGM.

Brian has also worked on assignment for or had images featured in magazines such as People, Sports Illustrated, US News and World Report, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian, Playboy, Esquire, Audubon, Men’s Journal and in countless publications worldwide. He is also the author/photographer of five books. His latest monograph Ocean Soul, was released late in 2011 and continues to receive worldwide acclaim.

Brian frequently lectures on photography and conservation issues having presented at venues such as TED Talks, The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Harvard University, The National Press Club in Washington, DC, the Royal Geographical Society in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He is also a regular guest on television programs such as NBC’s TODAY Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and ABC’s Good Morning America. Recognition for his work includes awards from organizations and competitions such as Pictures Of The Year International (POYi), BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Nature’s Best and Communication Arts. In 2010, National Geographic magazine named one of Brian’s images among their 50 Greatest Photographs Of All Time. His fine art prints have been sold at auction at Christie’s, the world’s leading art business and he has had single photographer exhibits in venues such as Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, France, The National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC and in cities worldwide including Lisbon, Geneva, Barcelona, and Shanghai. Other recent print exhibits of Brian’s work have been held in Paris, Barcelona, Shanghai and Geneva. His latest exhibit, Portraits of Planet Ocean at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC is currently on display.

He is a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), the Explorer-In-Residence and a member of the Board of Trustees for The New England Aquarium, a Marine Conservation Fellow with Conservation International, on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund, on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and on the Board of Directors of the Sea To Shore Alliance. In 2012, Brian created the New England Ocean Odyssey, a multi-year project with the Conservation Law Foundation to photograph marine wildlife in New England waters.

After three decades of exploring the world’s oceans, Skerry continues to pursue stories that will increase awareness about the sea. “The oceans are in trouble. There are some serious problems out there that I believe are not clear to many people. My hope is to continually find new ways of creating images and stories that both celebrate the sea yet also highlight environmental problems. Photography can be a powerful instrument for change.”

www.BrianSkerry.com

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David Morrell - Award Winning Author Of "First Blood" In Which Rambo Was Created

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David Morrell - Award Winning Author Of "First Blood" In Which Rambo Was Created - Published on June 12, 2017

David Morrell is the award-winning author of First Blood, the novel in which Rambo was created. He was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. In 1960, at the age of seventeen, he became a fan of the classic television series, route 66, about two young men in a Corvette convertible traveling the United States in search of America and themselves. The scripts by Stirling Silliphant combined action with ideas and so impressed Morrell that he decided to become a writer.
In 1966, the work of another writer (Hemingway scholar Philip Young) prompted Morrell to move to the United States, where he studied with Young at Penn State and received his M.A. and Ph. D. in American literature. There, he also met the esteemed science-fiction author William Tenn (real name Philip Klass), who taught Morrell the basics of fiction writing. The result was First Blood, a ground-breaking novel about a returned Vietnam veteran suffering from post-trauma stress disorder who comes into conflict with a small-town police chief and fights his own version of the Vietnam War.

That “father” of modern action novels was published in 1972 while Morrell was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. He taught American literature there from 1970 to 1986, simultaneously writing other novels, many of them international bestsellers, including the classic spy trilogy, The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the only television mini-series to premier after a Super Bowl), The Fraternity of the Stone, and The League of Night and Fog.

Eventually wearying of two professions, Morrell gave up his academic tenure in order to write full time. Shortly afterward, his fifteen-year-old son Matthew was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and died in 1987, a loss that haunts not only Morrell’s life but his work, as in his memoir about Matthew, Fireflies, and his novel Desperate Measures, whose main character lost a son.

“The mild-mannered professor with the bloody-minded visions,” as one reviewer called him, Morrell is the author of more than thirty books, including such high-action thrillers as The Naked Edge, Creepers, and The Spy Who Came for Christmas (set in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives). Always interested in different ways to tell a story, he wrote the six-part comic-book series, Captain America: The Chosen, the two-part comic-book series, Spider-Man: Frost, and the standalone comic book, Savage Wolverine:Feral. His writing book, The Successful Novelist, analyzes what he has learned during his four decades as an author.

Morrell is a co-founder of the International Thriller Writers organization. Noted for his research, he is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School for wilderness survival as well as the G. Gordon Liddy Academy of Corporate Security. He is also an honorary lifetime member of the Special Operations Association and the Association of Intelligence Officers. He has been trained in firearms, hostage negotiation, assuming identities, executive protection, and defensive/offensive driving, among numerous other action skills that he describes in his novels. To research the aerial sequences in The Shimmer, he became a private pilot, the training for which he describes here. In 2010, he was with the first group of authors to be sent on a USO tour to a war zone (Iraq). Click here to view a short video of the tour.

Morrell’s latest novels, Murder as a Fine Art and Inspector of the Dead, are Victorian mystery/thrillers that explore the fascinating world of 1850s London. Based on years of research, they attempt to make readers believe they are truly on those harrowing, fogbound streets. Both novels feature a controversial, brilliant literary figure of the era, Thomas De Quincey, who wrote the sensational memoir, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, and invented the true-crime genre in his equally sensational essay, “Postscript: On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts.”

Morrell is an Edgar, Anthony, Thriller, and Arthur Ellis finalist, a Nero and Macavity winner, and a three-time recipient of the distinguished Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association. The International Thriller Writers organization gave him its prestigious career-achievement Thriller Master Award. Bouchercon, the world’s largest crime-fiction convention, gave him its Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received an RT Book Reviews “Thriller Pioneer” award and a Comic-Con Inkpot award for “outstanding achievement in action/adventure.” His short stories have appeared in numerous Year’s Best collections. With eighteen million copies in print, his work has been translated into thirty languages.

www.DavidMorrell.net

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Roxy Petrucci - Professional Drummer - Vixen - Madam X - VIP Aftershow

Roxy Petrucci - Professional Drummer - Vixen - Madam X - VIP Aftershow - Published on June 12, 2017

Looking back Roxy Petrucci may not have known the Rock Gods were feeling frisky the day she was born in the City of Detroit well before the ‘Blue Ribbon’ generation. As an Italian American brought up in humble beginnings it was very clear at an early age she’d better be great at something.
Petrucci was raised within a family of talented musicians. A first chair clarinetist in high school then onto college she decided drumsticks and black leather seemed a better fit, thus forming the all-female band Pantagruel later to be known as Black Lace. Inspiration then rocked Petrucci when Bonham & Moon still rolled and her proverbial cup began to overflow. “Music was in my heart but metal was in my veins” and the road would soon call. Madam X proved to be her next outlet and born unto the cast of characters; molten-lava guitarist and sister Maxine Petrucci, bassist Chris ‘Godzilla’ Doliber and vocalist Bret Kaiser. Visually stunning, their performances were a brilliant blend of 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' with 'Spinal Tap' moments. The outrageous Madam X attained cult status as Petrucci paid her dues on an infamous 4-year tour.
Fueled by Madam X, Petrucci continued to make noise of her own on the West Coast scene when she auditioned for David Lee Roth. The Roth opportunity was a near miss as master drummer Greg Bissonette edged her out for the prized gig.
For Petrucci the black leather got even hotter when 1986 proved to be the year of the Vixen. MTV and Vixen would be a match made in heaven and the engine of the most successful all female rock band revved. Worldwide tours opening for Ozzy, Scorpions, Deep Purple and Kiss caused the flames of success to burn too hot so eventually Petrucci and Vixen parted ways in 1991 with occasional performances up to 2001.
Side projects such as Hell’s Belles and Titania never caught fire but in 2004 VH1 came courting Vixen when “Bands Reunited” found Petrucci hiding out in Germantown, WI. Leaving the fans wanting more, Vixen only performed a one-off show and then Petrucci retreated back to her side project Roktopuss featuring Lorraine Lewis of Femme Fatale and
face melting guitarist Jeff Young (Megadeth).
“It wasn’t until 2010 that inspiration struck me once again like a bolt of lightning. While in Nova Scotia I was presented with the prestigious Cape Breton International Drum Festival Legends Award along with drum greats Carmine Appice, Alan White, Jerry Mercer and Virgil Donati.” “It was at that specific time and place, in the presence of so much extraordinary talent when my circle closed on my destiny in music. Awards and accolades may look impressive on the wall but to inspire other potential rock legends is an unparalleled achievement and along with rock n’ roll, will live forever.”
“So they say lightning never strikes twice and you never know what the future may bring. It might be a Detroit thing but I will only speak for myself when I say; "Who the hell are they and what do they know?" "Ultimately they will find me slumped over my drum kit still grasping my sticks in my cold dead hands… but I’m not dead yet!”

www.RoxyPetrucci.com

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Eric Bloom - Vocalist/Guitarist/Songwriter For Rock Band Blue Öyster Cult

Eric Bloom - Vocalist/Guitarist/Songwriter For Rock Band Blue Öyster Cult - Published on June 7, 2017

Eric Bloom is an American singer, songwriter and musician. He is best known as a vocalist, and "stun guitar" player for the long-running band Blue Öyster Cult, with work on over 20 albums.

www.BlueOysterCult.com

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