Although he has many strings to his bow Kris Kristofferson sees himself primarily as a songwriter.
After graduating with a degree in literature from Pomona College in California, Kris Kristofferson spent a stint as an Airforce pilot before gaining a foothold in the world of music and acting.
Literary fellow, specialised in the poetry of Blake, Captain in the American Forces, A Star Is Born, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Convoy, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand, Ellen Burstyn, Gene Hackman, many others, Sunday Morning Coming Down, Me and Bobby McGee, For The Good Times, Help Me Make It Through The Night, Loving Her Was Easier...
He recalls one of his most moving concerts taking place in Dublin and describes the Irish audiences as kindred spirits and better than anywhere in the world.
It was a typically Irish audience.
Kris Kristofferson sees himself firstly as a songwriter rather than a singer. He says that thanks to people like Bob Dylan, many other songwriters make a living interpreting their songs. Kris Kristofferson was given his first break in the music industry by Johnny Cash who he describes as "a spiritual guide". He was working as a janitor in a studio where Johnny Cash was recording. Johnny Cash invited Kris Kristofferson on stage at the Newport Folk Festival in 1969. Since that night, he never had to work for a living again.
Johnny Cash was a very mythic character at that time.
This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 5 February 1993. The presenter is Gay Byrne.