Joyce Carol Oates says of Larry Grobel: "If there is a Mozart of
interviewers, Larry Grobel is that individual."
New York Times bestselling author Larry Grobel is one of the world’s
premier interviewers. From Brando to Pacino to DeNiro to Anthony Hopkins, to
writers, musicians, businessmen—Mr. Grobel has interviewed them all.
Since 1970, he has done over 400 interviews for national magazines, books and
cable television. He
has written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly,
Reader's Digest, Details, and is a contributing editor at Playboy and
Movieline's Hollywood Life. Playboy called him "the
interviewer's interviewer" after his interview with Marlon Brando for their
25th anniversary issue; more recently he made news as the result of his
controversial interviews with Gov. Jesse Ventura and former Indiana basketball
coach Bob Knight. He has interviewed
subjects no one has before, and has gotten them to speak about subjects no one
has before. He is a master at what he does, and will share 30 years of advice
and stories in the first—and only—major book on the the art of the
interview, THE ART OF
THE INTERVIEW (Random House/Crown, 2004).
Mr. Grobel is also author of AL PACINO (Simon &
Schuster, 2006), which collects 25 years of interviews and conversations.
Mr. Grobel is also author, with
Montel Williams, of CLIMBING HIGHER (NAL, 2004), which was a #6 New York Times
Bestseller, and remained on the NY Times list for many weeks.
He is also author of CONVERSATIONS WITH
BRANDO, THE HUSTONS, TALKING WITH MICHENER,
ABOVE THE LINE, ENDANGERED SPECIES and CONVERSATIONS
WITH CAPOTE, which received a PEN Special
Achievement award. He has also received a National
Endowment for the Arts grant for fiction. He created the MFA in Professional
Writing program for Antioch University, and is currently teaching "The Art
of the Interview" at UCLA.
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