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Ben Harper Unplugged and Off the Cuff: Video

August 27, 2007 6:13 PM ET

Watch Ben Harper play an acoustic rendition of "Steal My Kisses" (and explain the song's origin) and chat about where he and the Innocent Criminals are at as they release their latest album, Lifeline. Plus, Harper discusses his interview with Rolling Stone associate editor Austin Scaggs, and the star-packed night the two shared in Paris.

Plus, listen to audio selections from Scaggs' interview with Harper, in which the pair cover everything from Harper's favorite songs to DJ on the tour bus to the day he realized the fame and the glory could all vanish in an instant.

In this clip Harper discusses the post-show high that keeps him and his bandmates up all night listening to Al Green and drinking.

Harper recalls the show he played in western France that launched his career.

Harper offers his opinion on botched traveling rock festival Zooma, and how the jaunt's cancellation tore him apart.

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