This week on From the Vault we present a special interview with musician Van Morrison from 1971.
Van Morrison, after spending the 1960's in New York, headed west to Marin County, California - just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, and started recording his Tupelo Honey album. It was then that KPFA's Dan McCloskey caught up with Van Morrison at his home, and they spoke at length about Van Morrison's upbringing into Belfast, Ireland, early musical influences and successes, and his emergence as on the world's leading songwriters and singers. The interview, in its original form, is masterfully cut with some of Van Morrison's biggest hits.
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