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11/07/2014 11:15 am ET Updated Jan 07, 2015

My Conversation With Herbie Hancock

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Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by Herbie Hancock, who, over a 50-year-plus career, has established himself as one of the towering figures in music. He's excelled at all genres -- from jazz to hip-hop, fusion to funk, collaborating with such diverse artists as Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell. He's the recipient of 14 Grammy Awards and just last month received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Foundation of America. He's now written a memoir titled Herbie Hancock: Possibilities that deals frankly with his life, including wrestling with drugs and how his family and his faith in Buddhism helped him overcome his addiction.

In the clip below, I asked Herbie why he chose to be so honest about this part of his life -- a struggle that until now was not part of the public record.

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