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Boston Phoenix, Peter Keough interviews

Identifier: M220

Scope and Contents Note:

This collection contains audiocassette tapes of interviews with film directors, actors, and producers such as Thomas Vinterberg, Anjelica Huston, and Tom Hanks. The interviews were conducted and/or attended by Peter Keough during his time as film critic at the Boston Phoenix and span approximately 1986 through 2007. Also included is a handwritten list created by Keough that gives films, interviewees, and years for some of the audiocassettes, as well as a few personal notes.

The collection is arranged into one series: Interviews. Audiocassettes are arranged alphabetically by film when possible. In cases where cassettes contain interviews regarding multiple films, the physical cassette is filed where it first appears in the finding aid. Some cassettes were originally mislabeled or unlabeled, and not all tapes are included on Keough’s list. While the processor of this collection has attempted to ensure tapes are accurately labeled, it was not possible to listen to each tape in its entirety. As such, some tapes may still be unintentionally mislabeled or contain unidentified interviewees and films.


  • Creation: 1986-2007

Language of Materials:

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is unrestricted except where noted. When interviewees request material remain off the record, permission to publish must be discussed with the University Archivist.

Bibliographical Note:

Peter Keough was born July 19, 1952. He was the film critic at the Boston Phoenix, an alternative newspaper in Boston, from 1989 to its closing in 2013. Keough has been a member of multiple film festival juries and edited the 1995 anthology “Flesh and Blood: the National Society of Film Critics on Sex, Violence, and Censorship” as well as the collection 2013 “Kathryn Bigelow Interviews.” He currently works as a freelance film critic and Boston Globe correspondent, has published in a number of other papers including the Chicago Reader and Boston Magaizine, and is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics.

Historical Note:

The Boston Phoenix was a popular alternative weekly periodical known for its progressive coverage of Boston arts and culture, as well as politics and lifestyle. Founded in 1965 by Joe Hanlon, it ran for 47 years until it ceased publication in 2013. Originally known as Boston After Dark (BAD), it merged with its competitor, the Cambridge Phoenix in 1972. The first edition of the Boston Phoenix was published on August 1, 1972. In 2012, it merged with Stuff Magazine, resulting in a weekly glossy magazine titled The Phoenix. On March 14, 2013, the Boston Phoenix announced their last edition, which was published on March 15, 2013. A final digital edition was published one week later.


2 cubic feet (2 containers)

System of Arrangement:

Arranged in one alphabetical sequence by film.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements:

Cassette player needed to listen to the interviews.

Physical Location:



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Finding aid for the Boston Phoenix, Peter Keough interviews collection
Finding aid prepared by Emily Mathay
May, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Snell Library
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Boston MA 02115 US