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E37: Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb and The Wichita Lineman with Dylan Jones Rock's Backpages

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Joined by special guest Dylan Jones ahead of the publication of his new book, The Wichita Lineman: Searching in the Sun for the World's Greatest Unfinished Song, RBP podcast hosts Barney Hoskyns and Mark Pringle chat about the songwriting talent behind the song that inspired said book, Jimmy Webb. Dylan explains how the book came to be, and the three of them enthuse about Jimmy's ability to tell stories, both in song and in person.
They then listen to an excerpt from a 2005 audio interview with the man himself in which he laments what he sees as a lack of complexity in the pop music of today and talks about his use of harmony and chords before Mark and Barney quiz Dylan about what compelled him to hire Boris Johnson as car correspondent for GQ magazine.
Talk turns briefly to politics as they consider how David Cameron might feel about having called the referendum, but returns to music shortly afterward, with Mark presenting some of his highlights from the archive. These include an interview with Robin Gibb shortly after he left the Bee Gees, a report from The Wailers first trip to London (before they were 'Bob Marley and...') and a Diana Ross press conference about having to de-Chic-ify the album she recorded with Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.

Joined by special guest Dylan Jones ahead of the publication of his new book, The Wichita Lineman: Searching in the Sun for the World's Greatest Unfinished Song, RBP podcast hosts Barney Hoskyns and Mark Pringle chat about the songwriting talent behind the song that inspired said book, Jimmy Webb. Dylan explains how the book came to be, and the three of them enthuse about Jimmy's ability to tell stories, both in song and in person.
They then listen to an excerpt from a 2005 audio interview with the man himself in which he laments what he sees as a lack of complexity in the pop music of today and talks about his use of harmony and chords before Mark and Barney quiz Dylan about what compelled him to hire Boris Johnson as car correspondent for GQ magazine.
Talk turns briefly to politics as they consider how David Cameron might feel about having called the referendum, but returns to music shortly afterward, with Mark presenting some of his highlights from the archive. These include an interview with Robin Gibb shortly after he left the Bee Gees, a report from The Wailers first trip to London (before they were 'Bob Marley and...') and a Diana Ross press conference about having to de-Chic-ify the album she recorded with Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.

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