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Blank on blank recovered interviews

Blank on blank is a series of animated videos recovering unpublished interviews with music celebrities. The lastest episode is dedicated to John Coltrane.

Quoted Studios  is a New York nonprofit organisation working in research and recovery and conservations projects of famous interviews belonging to the American cultural history. What is peculiar is that the news and recordings employed are sometimes unpublished and they are recovered several years later, buried in radio or TV broadcasters archives, forgotten in some journalists’ tape recorders or in the archives of some organisations.

 

Quoted Studios recovers lost tapes, restores them if necessary and proceeds to digitalisation, transforming them into multimedia formats to be published and shared on the Web. This is how the Blank on blank series was born. The series consists of 40 episodes produced so far (totalling over 40 million views), where the interviews to famous American celebrities who made the history of music, as well as the history of cinema, are turned into animated videos.

 

Among the episodes, it is worth mentioning those dedicated to Jim Morrison, who talks about his love for food, to Janis Joplin, admitting her fears and insecurity, to Kurt Cobain, looking for his true identity, and to Johnny Cash and his love for his cowboys’ boots. Every episode also features the voices of music journalists or intellectuals such as Jon SavageJohn R.SteinHoward Smith and many others.

 

In the last episode, for instance, the animated version of John Coltrane talks about the real meaning of life. The original conversation was recorded for Pacifica Radio by the reporter Frank Kofky in November 1966, only 8 months before Coltrane’s death, who were only 40 years old. Throughout the interview, Coltrane shows his musical talent, but the most touching moment comes at the end of the video, when he describes the kind of person he would like to be:

I want to be a force for real good. In other words. I know that there are bad forces, forces that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force which is truly for good.

 

Thanks to his music, he managed to be that good force.

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