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Friday, October 1, 2021

Bobby Campbell on almost everything


Bobby Campbell is one of the nicest people I know. Fortunately, he is also interesting, and quicker on his feet than I would be if I had a bunch of rapid fire philosophical questions tossed at me by Gerry Fialka, who interviews him for an hour and 40 minutes.

It turns out that if someone is interviewed for that long, you can learn a lot about him. If you watch, you will learn what Bobby has in common with Frank Zappa, how we should deal with Ezra Pound these days, what Bobby liked to do with $20 bills when he was younger, what Bobby would call his autobiography, how Robert Anton Wilson shaped his behavior, why he is optimistic, and many other topics. 

I inferred watching the video that Gerry Fialka seemed to know something about Frank Zappa; I'm a Zappa fan and I read the Barry Miles biography a few years ago. Well, it turns out that Fialka is an artist, writer and filmmaker who used to work with Zappa. The interview with Bobby is part of Fialka's interview series; there's also an interview with Steve "Fly" Pratt I need to get to.


Bobby Campbell said...

As always and forever, super very much obliged for the signal boost, Tom!

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed that recent interview. The same day I was watching it I received in the mail a postcard from Bobby of his Ganesh sitting on a Zebra reading Joyce. I'm still giggling in delight!

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

@Unknown, Yes, it's a long interview but I really got into it. And I got the same postcard, too, when I got back from vacation!