"Gimme Shelter" Singer Merry Clayton & Author Dawnie Walton


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


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


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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