Dan Jansen – Unbreakable

By:  Michael D. McClellan It’s two hours before the biggest race of  your life and you’ve just seen death. How do you compete when it goes down like this? You’ve sacrificed large swaths of your childhood and even larger chunks of your adolescence in exchange for a place at the top of your sport’s elite, […]

Craig Chaquico – String Theory

By:  Michael D. McClellan | Rock & roll is full of clichéd stories that begin this way, stories that start with the obligatory, alcohol-fueled car crash, followed immediately by those long, tense, white knuckle moments where life, in all its frailty, hangs suspended in the balance.  There are broken bones and there is blood, the […]

Bob Cousy – Flashpoint

By:  Michael D. McClellan | “Before Elvis, there was nothing,” John Lennon once observed, this in reference to all those popular singers who crooned so statically and politely in front of rigid dance bands in the style of Perry Como.  The white ones did, anyway.  But Elvis was different – he grew up in Memphis, […]

Sananda Maitreya – The Artist

By:  Michael D. McClellan “Never regret thy fall, O Icarus of the fearless flight For the greatest tragedy of them all Is never to feel the burning light.”  — Oscar Wilde   Terence Trent D’Arby is dead. The ‘80s enigmatic supernova who, at the height of his popularity, sold more than a million albums in […]

David T. Walker – Noteworthy

By:  Michael D. McClellan | David T. Walker’s fingerprints are all over one of the most noteworthy periods in music history, his contributions to the Motown corpus lauded by everyone from Stevie Wonder to Diana Ross, but you would never know it, not with the reticent Walker perfectly comfortable working in the shadows of such brilliance.  Ubiquitous […]

Al Jarreau – The Gift

By:  Michael D. McClellan | Once upon a time, when Los Angeles lived and breathed, there was a man marked for greatness, despite the placid Midwestern upbringing that provided little hint that he was more than us after all.  His backstory didn’t contain the baroque detail or the meteoric rise of a certain working class family from […]

Keb’ Mo’ – Storyteller

By:  Michael D. McClellan | The blues was born at the turn of the twentieth century, in the Mississippi Delta and other regions of the Deep South, a reminder of hard times brought on by the burdens of slavery, the Great Depression and just being black.  Those who played the blues did so from a place of […]

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Michael D. McClellan is a native of Montgomery, West Virginia. He has written two books about the Boston Celtics, and has interviewed more than 70 current and former NBA greats including Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving and Clyde Drexler. Michael launched FifteenMinutesWith.Com in September, 2013. The site focuses on profiles with extraordinary actors, artists, musicians, writers, scientists and athletes.

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