One episode just wasn’t enough to cover all of the deliciousness of Joe Milliken’s long-awaited biography, Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars. So much more to explore!
Dave and Donna start the episode with speculations about some rumblings in the Fanorama with regard to how much of Ben’s life was revealed in the book and the issue of privacy. Could it be the difference between the male and female perspective with regard to the focus of the book? Take a listen and then tell us what you think.
From there they move right into the second half of Donna’s interview with Joe, talking candidly about topics like:
- the reality of Ben’s lyrical abilities
- some factors in the increasing tensions in The Cars
- was Diane the Yoko Ono of The Cars?
- Ben’s moodiness and the changes in his personality
- the possibility of a Cars reunion in the 90s
- the blessing and heartbreak of Big People
- the absence of Ric and Elliot from the book
After the interview ends Dave and Donna pick up the discussion and process the new insights from Joe before reopening the book. They jump into their dissection where they left off in Part 1, with the formation of The Cars, and move through to the end. Along the way they point out their favorite parts and speculate on some of the new information. You’ll have to excuse Donna’s gushing; between the photos, the stories, and the research tidbits, there’s just SO much to love in this book!
The show winds down with the reading of The Midnight scroll: long-time friend of the show Harold and sweet listener Donna E. chime in on the Door to Door dissection episode, while Superfan BB cracks wise with regard to the shenanigans from “Let’s Go! with Joe, Part 1.”
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Okay, friends, grab your coffee and let’s go with Joe!