January 5, 2014 – Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him

For the January, 2014 broadcast of Word By Word: Conversations With Writers brothers Joe and David Henry join host Gil Mansergh to talk about their biography, Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him.

Joe is a singer songwriter who broke into the business as a Production Associate for Spinal Tap, the iconic band that never really was. Married since 1987 to Melanie Ciccone, Joe has penned songs for Madonna, Madeline Peyroux and Roseanne Cash. A Grammy-winning record producer, he has created albums with Louden Wainwright III, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, Mose Allison, Bonnie Raitt and Hugh Laurie (yes, that Hugh Laurie).

David is an author, screenwriter and video & broadcast producer who lives in Louisville, Kentucky. David’s most recent screenplay, co-written with Archie Borders, is Pleased to Meet Me, based on Starlee Kine’s radio story “Everyone Speaks Elton John.”

Topics range from Richard Pryor’s demons, to the “salad-making” skills of Bob Dylan and Joan Rivers, to Joe and Bob’s favorite Richard Pryor movies to what a music producer actually does. In short, one of those interesting and eclectic conversations with writers for which Word by Word is famous.

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