You don't have to be a superfan of Bob Dylan to find his candid commentary on the '60s intriguing. And you don't have to be a Beatles nerd to find Paul McCartney's ego utterly fascinating. Artists like David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Bo Diddley, Tina Turner, James Taylor, Little Richard and a laundry list of music titans offered more than just their songs to history - they offered a perspective, and that's why many of us can't stop wondering: What were they thinking?
Here's your answer. The Library of Congress just made free to the public the Joe Smith Collection, 225 recordings of unabridged interviews with just about anyone who matters in the pop music canon. These exchanges are gritty and honest, and they are a chance to hear with your own ears the heartfelt opinions of some of music's most influential figures.