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Publisher's Summary

This fascinating collection of archive interviews with Muhammad Ali begins in 1965 with an interview with Harry Carpenter and culminates with a TV interview with Joanna Lumley in 1989. Along the way Ali makes several famous appearances on Parkinson in the 1970s and talks to David Frost in The Frost Interview. The 1980s find him answering questions about his impending retirement and rumours that he is suffering from Parkinson's disease. In the course of these appearances he also discusses his fighting career, his frank views on religion and society, his vision of a separate Black-only American state and his lack of formal education.

The interviews included in this collection are I, Cassius, BBC Radio (first broadcast 11th May 1965), Sports View, BBC radio (first broadcast 15th August 1967), The Richest Prize in Sport, BBC television (first broadcast 14th March 1968), Parkinson, BBC One (first broadcast 17th October 1971), The Frost Interview (recorded 1974), Muhammad Ali: Most Boxers Can't Even Talk, BBC television (first broadcast 5th August 1975), archive interview, BBC radio (first broadcast 17th July 1977), Tonight, BBC television (first broadcast 15th January 1979), archive interview, BBC television (first broadcast 19th September 1984) and Wogan, BBC television (first broadcast 1989, hosted by Joanna Lumley).

Please note: due to the age and nature of this archive material, the sound quality may vary.

©2016 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2016 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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  • Michael
  • 2021-05-15

Inspiring, Insightful, Refreshing

See the side of Ali that you're not familiar with.. It's captivating and brilliantly funny.

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  • 2017-01-29

the greatest... for what it is

For anyone who's learned about Ali from a biography, news reports, or sports channel, hearing him in his own words reveals a depth and complexity that secondary sources could never provide. A humble and deeply intellectual man arises from his spoken word. Brief, but well worth the listen.