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Two time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash sits down with two-time Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge. Nash is best known as one of the founding member of the legendary quartet Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. The group is celebrated for their intricate vocal harmonies, political activism, and influence on U.S. music and culture. Coolidge got her start as a background singer for renowned musicians such as Leon Russell, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Nash himself. She has had great solo success and graced the pop charts from 1977-1978 with four consecutive top 25 hits.

Joe Elliot, best known as the lead singer and frontman of the legendary rock band Def Leppard is used to being on the receiving end of interviews. In this episode of "Speakeasy" the tables have turned and Elliot is the one asking the questions of famed singer/songwriter Ian Hunter. Elliot first met Hunter in 1977, when he snuck backstage at a festival in Europe. It was not until years later that they would form a bond and friendship that would endure. Hunter first achieved commercial success as the lead singer of English rock band Mott the Hoople before continuing his career as a solo artist.

Nick Lowe has become a noted figure in UK pub rock, power pop, and new wave best known for his songs "Cruel to Be Kind" and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass." He is a singer-songwriter, musician, and producer and has worked with the likes of Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and Johnny Cash. Covers of Lowe's songs "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" (Elvis Costello), "I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll)" (Dave Edmunds), and "The Beast in Me" (Johnny Cash) went on to become hits.

Grammy Award winner Gary Clark Jr. is joined by four-time Grammy Award winner Jimmie Vaughan at New York City's Iridium for a taping of the intimate conversation series "Speakeasy." Clark has been called "The Chosen One" by Rolling Stone and has been hailed as a major talent by icons including the Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow, and Paul McCartney.

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The Def Leppard front man opens up to Rolling Stone editor/author Fricke (Animal Instinct: The Def Leppard Story) about the band's trajectory- from the teen hijinks of the band first conceived out of boredom as "Deaf Leopard" in post-war England through changes in the lineup and their continuing legacy headlining with opening acts that were once their aspirational idols. Elliott reveals what makes a great band, why a good rhyme trumps proper geography for a hit song, how modern rock training may be the worst thing for the future of rock music, living with the spectre of Hysteria, and more.

John Mellencamp settles in to answer questions and to discuss his early days, his work with Stephen King, Farm Aid, his recently released new album, Plain Spoken and work as a painter, with Rolling Stone Magazine co-founder Jann Wenner. Mellencamp's candid conversation also explores his philosophy on success, what drives his passion for expression and his uncompromising creative will.

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