15 episodes

Telling the stories of rock & roll pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, dance hall singer Dora Hand, WW1 spy Mata Hari and more, singer-songwriter Frank Turner talks to historians, poets and fellow musicians about twelve historical women who have been largely forgotten but should be celebrated. And his mum.

Every Wednesday Frank will release a new song and explore the story behind it in a new episode of the podcast.

No Man’s Land the album is available for pre-order now.
A Frank Turner, Xtra Mile Recordings and Somethin’ Else production.

Frank Turner's Tales From No Man's Land Somethin’ Else

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    • 4.7, 315 Ratings

Telling the stories of rock & roll pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, dance hall singer Dora Hand, WW1 spy Mata Hari and more, singer-songwriter Frank Turner talks to historians, poets and fellow musicians about twelve historical women who have been largely forgotten but should be celebrated. And his mum.

Every Wednesday Frank will release a new song and explore the story behind it in a new episode of the podcast.

No Man’s Land the album is available for pre-order now.
A Frank Turner, Xtra Mile Recordings and Somethin’ Else production.

    Bonus Episode: Live at Latitude Festival

    Bonus Episode: Live at Latitude Festival

    SURPRISE!! You thought it was all over...well, sadly it is but before we part ways we thought we'd give you one final bonus episode to wrap up the Tales From No Man's Land series. Cast your mind back to those long, hazy summer days and reminisce with this live podcast recorded at Latitude Festival. Featuring live versions of songs from the album and a discussion about the album led by Frank.
     
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    • 44 min
    Rosemary Jane

    Rosemary Jane

    To round off the series Frank is joined by the remarkable woman who inspired the final song on his album No Man's Land, Rosemary Jane, aka his mum! She might not be a historical figure just yet, but there’s still time! The pair discuss the album as a whole, the tales of each of the women who inspired it and Rosemary offers some choice memories from Frank's childhood - whether he likes it or not!
     
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    • 59 min
    A Perfect Wife - Nannie Doss

    A Perfect Wife - Nannie Doss

    Frank is joined by writer and host of the Criminal Broads podcast Tori Telfer to discuss one of the more problematic characters of his album, Nannie Doss. Don't be fooled, she is not as innocent as her name suggests. She was in fact a serial killer who admitted to killing four of her five husbands – one of whom she found in the Lonely Hearts column of a magazine. It's suspected that she also killed her mother, sister, mother-in-law and grandson, although she never admitted to these. Her name the Giggling Granny came about after she showed no remorse for her crimes, simply commenting that she hadn’t met her “perfect mate” yet...
     
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    • 34 min
    Nica

    Nica

    This episode is about a woman whose love of music was so powerful that she uprooted her life for it. Pannonica Rothschild, or 'Nica' became the black sheep of her famous banking family after she was consumed by a newfound passion for bebop. She ditched her family, relocated from France to New York, and spent the rest of her life as a jazz patroness; befriending many prominent jazz musicians such as Thelonius Monk and Charlie Parker. She was affectionately known as ‘The Jazz Baroness’.
     
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    • 35 min
    Rescue Annie

    Rescue Annie

    Frank tells the tale of a young woman who drowned in the river Seine in Paris in the 1800's. As was common in this period a cast of her face, known as a 'death mask', was displayed in the morgue for her family to claim. Sadly she was never identified, but her story doesn't end there. Her peaceful expression captivated so many that very quickly moulds were made and her likeness was hung on the walls of homes across Paris. She became known as L'Inconnue de la Seine, or The Unknown Woman of the Seine. Years later, a toy maker discovered her death mask and used it as the face of the first CPR doll, which he named Rescue Annie. Frank meets Art Historian and Curator Katy Hessel to discuss the woman behind the mask.
     
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    • 37 min
    The Lioness - Huda Sha'arawi

    The Lioness - Huda Sha'arawi

    Huda Sha’arawi was a pioneering Egyptian feminist leader and founder of the Egyptian Feminist Union. In 1923 she famously removed her full-face veil in front of a crowd at Cairo station, which sent a shockwave through the Arab world. Huda's actions became a landmark gesture for women’s rights activists in Egypt and she was often referred to as The Lioness. In this episode Frank speaks to Huda's granddaughter Sania Sharawi Lanfranchi, who has written a biography about her grandmother's life entitled 'Casting Off The Veil."
     
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
315 Ratings

315 Ratings

AlfieYellowUK ,

Everyone should hear this

I’m already a Frank Turner fan but hearing the stories and history of the women on this album is inspirational. Music lovers, history buffs and anyone wanting to know a bit more about some amazing women NEEDS to listen!

admiral_akbar ,

WOW! Not just for fans of Frank’s music...

I’ve been a fan of Frank Turner for a good few years now, but these podcasts take things to another level!!! Frank is an absolute natural at presenting podcasts and they are so interesting and informative. I cannot recommend these episodes enough to ANYONE! If you are already a fan of Frank then you’ll love them full stop. If you’ve never heard of Frank, then you’re in for a real treat... a massive amount of great history, along with some great music too! CHECK THIS OUT.

animal week ,

Best podcast ever to ever exist

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