oral histories

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The Improbable True Story of How 'Clerks' Was Made

Kevin Smith and others tell VICE the story of making one of the most iconic indie films ever on a shoestring budget at a conjoined Quick Stop and video store in New Jersey.

3.31.18

The Incredible Story of 'Passio,' the Gay Porno Starring Jesus

The 2007 film was billed as a "cockbuster jam-packed with unrepentant religious ecstasy."

6.28.17

Tales of Horror and Heroism from the Syrian Civil War

Read a crushing excerpt from ‘We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled,’ a new book of oral histories by Wendy Pearlman.

6.12.17

An Experiment That Changed Baseball: The Moneyball Draft 15 Years Later

For this oral history, we spoke with more than a dozen people who were directly, and indirectly, involved in the Oakland A's 2002 draft, which changed baseball forever.

10.25.16

'The Palate of the Common Man': The Oral History of The Cheesecake Factory

The women and men behind the Cheesecake Factory reveal the untold story of how a tiny Beverly Hills restaurant known for its brown bread became a global chain mentioned in Drake songs and on "Keeping up with the Kardashians."

9.14.16

'They Wished I Was Dead': How 'The Blair Witch Project' Still Haunts Its Cast

Starring in "The Blair Witch Project" sounds like a career highlight. The low-budget indie grossed $248 million and spawned a franchise that reboots this week. In an oral history, key players from the film share how "Blair Witch" affected them.

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5.23.16

Hanson Reveals the Surprising Story Behind 'MMMBop'

The 20-year anniversary of the mega pop hit also marks the day grunge died and pop music was re-embraced by teens round the world. And it was all thanks to a bunch of indie-rock hipsters.

6.9.15

The 1999 Mets Recall the Night Bobby Valentine Wore a Ridiculous Disguise

It's been 16 years since Bobby Valentine wore a ridiculous disguise in the dugout after getting ejected. We caught up with some of the Mets players from the game to get their thoughts.

10.14.14

The Time John Waters’s Girls Escaped a Kidnapping

In this excerpt of Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller, two men abduct three actresses who have starred in several of John Waters's classic movies.

3.28.14

Our Presidents Are Reptilians: A YouTube Oral History

A race of subterranean reptilian humanoids from the constellation Draco​ have posed as powerful humans to take control of Earth.

3.14.14

The Possibilities Are Endless: An Oral History of the Jazz June

This is the story of when the shit kicked in.