Gimme Shelter Singer Merry Clayton & Author Dawnie Walton

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Author Dawnie Walton talks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about what inspired her debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, a fantasy rock history about a fierce black singer in the 1970s. Plus Jim and Greg talk with Merry Clayton, whose iconic performance on Gimme Shelter still didn’t make her a household name. 

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Dawnie Walton

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Jim and Greg interview author Dawnie Walton about her debut novel, “The Final Revival of Opal and Nev.” They talk about the real-life inspirations for the characters of Opal and Nev, which include Merry Clayton, Grace Jones and Nona Hendryx for Opal and David Bowie and Rod Stewart for Nev.

Merry Clayton

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The guys interview legendary vocalist Merry Clayton, best known for her searing vocals on the Rolling Stones’ “ Gimme Shelter.” She recently released her first album since a tragic injury in 2014 and shares details about how that project came together.

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