My interview with Jeff Hanneman from September 30, 1988
When I was a teenager and published a metal and hardcore ‘zine called Primary Concern, I interviewed Jeff Hanneman from Slayer over the phone. Originally I had hoped to interview the band in person at their August 29, 1988 show at Pulsations in the suburbs of Philly but that fell through. Somehow I was able to schedule a phone interview through either Def Jam Records or Slayer’s publicist and they had Jeff call me at the arranged time. I still lived at home with my parents so I implored my mom not to answer the phone, lest I die of embarrassment when Jeff called. At the appointed time, Mr. Slayer gave me a ring and we had a pretty enjoyable conversation about death, abortion, the Holocaust, art, the P.M.R.C., censorship, and other matters of importance.
Keep in mind that this was done for the second issue of a photocopied ‘zine with a circulation of maybe 250 copies at most. In retrospect it’s pretty amazing that either the record label or Hanneman would give me the time of day, but Jeff was exceptionally nice and if I had more questions, I imagine this could have been a much longer conversation.
This is not a great interview, and my interviewing skills have improved considerably in years since, but here it is: