Five Cover Stories In One Year


It took me three years to get an interview with Barry Manilow but this year it happened. Better yet, it wound up being a cover story – my first – for The Aquarian Weekly. As 2017 rolled on, four more of my interviews ran in The Aquarian Weekly as cover stories. Having five cover stories in one year is fantastic and I consider myself immensely fortunate for being given these opportunities. With the year winding down, let’s revisit all five of them.

Barry Manilow

Interviewing Barry Manilow was my ultimate goal for three years, and I don’t think any subsequent interview with other artists will surpass this experience. He was a pleasure to speak with and was willing to reveal a great deal about his personal life, while also discussing the beautiful music he’s created over his decades-long career as the foremost vocalist in the adult contemporary genre. As a result of my interview with Barry, the entire print run of this issue sold out within 24 hours, making it The Aquarian Weekly’s most successful issue of the entire year.

John Oates

After Barry Manilow came John Oates. I’ve interviewed John numerous times and he’s always a pleasure to speak with. Having the chance to do a cover story interview with him, built around his autobiography and Hall & Oates’ new musical festival, Hoagie Nation, was a great honor. He’s an immense and under-appreciated talent, and I adore the music he created as one half of the most successful duo of all time, as well as his diverse solo catalog.

The Dives

In July my interview with The Dives was my third cover story of the year. What made this special is the group’s lead singer, Evan Stanley, is the son of Paul Stanley – my favorite member of KISS – and this was the band’s first cover story in the U.S. After it ran, Evan told me that his Dad called him to say how proud he was of him because of this cover story. Think about that for a minute. A cover story I secured for The Dives made my idol proud of his son. To think that my actions could have such a profound and lasting impact on Paul Stanley and The Dives is humbling and amazing. Dionne Warwick

My all-time favorite female vocalist is Dionne Warwick. She has the most unique and moving voice I’ve ever heard, and I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing her twice. My most recent interview with her ran as a cover story the day after she received the Marian Anderson Award in my hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As with all of my interviews, I made it a point to ask her questions others don’t think to ask and the feedback was excellent. Gene Simmons

My last and most recent cover story this year was with Gene Simmons. This is the second time I interviewed Gene this year, which is an amazing accomplishment in itself, and the second time around was better than the first. For this cover story, I asked Gene tough questions about the price of his box set that no one else was brave enough to ask; and Gene provided me with honest and logical answers to these questions. While I still say that George Carlin is the smartest man I ever met, Gene Simmons is a close second.

4 thoughts on “Five Cover Stories In One Year

  1. Tom Sawyer – Malibu, CA – Novelist, screenwriter, playwright Thomas B. Sawyer was Head Writer/Showrunner of the classic CBS series, MURDER, SHE WROTE, for which he wrote 24 episodes. Edgar and Emmy-nominated, Head Writer/Showrunner or Producer/Story Editor on 15 network TV series. He has written 9 series pilots, 100 episodes, both comedy and drama. He wrote/directed/produced the feature-film cult comedy, GOSH ALICE GOODBODY. His documentary film, REUNION, was honored by the New York Film Festival, the Rochester and Edinburgh Festivals, and received national theatrical release. Tom is co-librettist/lyricist of JACK, an opera about John F. Kennedy which, backed by the Shuberts, has been performed to acclaim in the US and Europe. He is publisher of STORYBASE 2.0 writer’s software. Tom’s book, FICTION WRITING DEMYSTIFIED, and STORYBASE software are Writer's Digest Book Club Selections. The best-selling mystery/conspiracy thriller, THE SIXTEENTH MAN, about JFK's assassination, is his first novel. His latest thriller is the best-selling NO PLACE TO RUN, the first novel to make the case that 9/11 was a conspiracy. He's taught writing at UCLA, at other colleges and universities, at numerous major writers conferences, and online at Screenwriters University.
    Tom Sawyer on said:

    Wow, Michael! Five is a *big* deal. Bravo!! I wish yu Happy Holidays and a *great* next year. Tom *The Adventures of the REAL Tom Sawyer* and *9 BADASS Secrets for Putting Yourself in Luck’s Way*

    On Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 1:55 PM, Michael Cavacini wrote:

    > Michael Cavacini posted: “It took me three years to get an interview with > Barry Manilow but this year it happened. Better yet, it wound up being a > cover story – my first – for The Aquarian Weekly. As 2017 rolled on, four > more of my interviews ran in The Aquarian Weekly as cover st” >

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