October 21 2011
Today's episode of World Cafe revisits the singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s, chronicling some of the decade's most masterful and indelible artists.
In a 2008 interview, the contemplative and politically minded Jackson Browne discusses his love songs, his reaction to the use of "Running on Empty" in a John McCain campaign ad and his beliefs surrounding the battle between nuclear and alternative power sources.
Chart-topping icon Carole King wrote timeless hits like "I Feel the Earth Move" and "It's Too Late," in the process selling tens of millions of records. In this 2002 interview, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee describes her songwriting process and the joy of collaboration.
Known for his warm voice and inspiring lyrics, James Taylor is a five-time Grammy winner whose Greatest Hits has sold more than 12 million copies. Taylor visited World Cafe in 2009 to recount his major influences, his experience covering other artists' music (such as Carole King's "You've Got a Friend") and the inspiration for his 1976 song "Secret O' Life."
Prolific and complex, Joni Mitchell is widely hailed as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. In 1994, she'd just released Turbulent Indigo, and stopped by World Cafe to reveal how her battle with polio has affected her as a performer. She also discussed her friendship with the legendary jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius, who joined her on her classic 1976 album Hejira.(link)
James Taylor "Fire and Rain" Sweet Baby James
Randy Newman "A Piece of the Pie" Harps and Angels
Jackson Browne "Just Say Yeah" Time the Conqueror
Carole King "Oh No Not My Baby" Love Makes the World
James Taylor "Suzanne" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
James Taylor "Secrets O' Life" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Joni Mitchell "Coyote" Hejira
Joni Mitchell "Turbulent Indigo" Turbulent Indigo
Sufjan Stevens "Chicago" Come On Feel the Illinois
Damien Rice "Volcano" O
Damien Rice "The Blower's Daughter" O
The Decemberists "The Engine Driver" Picaresque
Death Cab for Cutie "Soul Meets Body" Plan
Peter Bjorn and John "Young Folks" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Peter Bjorn and John "Amsterdam" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah "The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth" Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Warm Ghost "I Will Return" Narrows
Warm Ghost "Mariana" Narrows
The New Pornographers "Sing Me Spanish Techno" Twin Cinema