jakemanning.com Portrait of Jake A drawing pin

Famous for their seminal interviews with Richard Nixon, The Sex Pistols and Princess Diana, jakemanning.com is proud to present Jake's interview with David Frost, Bill Grundy and Martin Bashir.

FROST: Would you say that there are certain situations where the president can decide that it's in the best interests of the nation, and do something illegal?

MANNING: Well... Um, I doubt it. Perhaps if.. No I can’t think of one. But you know I'm not a politician right? I’m a songwriter and a travelling musician from the North West of England. I play a twelve string guitar and sing songs about the bits of this stumbling, exhilarating, heart-breaking journey that move me most, and that I hope move other people too. Kind of like a bemused but committed photo-journalist, with inappropriate clothing on a poorly planned safari.

BASHIR: But did you feel that you had to maintain the public image of a successful Princess of Wales?

MANNING: ...Nope. Not really. I mean in fact, I hope that I don't really have to maintain any public image - the important thing to me is finding some way to carry on being able to write, record and perform music. Playing songs to people is the greatest thing I can imagine doing, and I hope to do it for the rest of my life (but there is no telling how long that may be, so do check out the tunes, find a show, or grab my latest CD - this may, after all, be our only chance…)

FROST: Could you just say, with conviction, I mean not because I want you to say it, that you did do some covering up?

MANNING: I didn’t do any covering up, man. Seriously, there’s really nothing to cover up here. I just write and perform songs, and have been doing that since my teens. But it was only once I’d paid off my various inexplicable debts and could truly afford to be penniless, that I became bona fide.

GRUNDY: Well keep going, chief, keep going. Go on, you've got another five seconds. Say something outrageous.

MANNING: Oh man, um… as a series of books and films, Harry Potter was totally overrated.

BASHIR: Your Royal Highness, thank you.

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