115 episodes

Rockonteurs is a podcast all about the real stories behind real music.
Presented by Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, who wrote and performed megahits like ‘Gold’ and ‘True’, and Guy Pratt, a bass player who shaped songs for the likes of Madonna and Pink Floyd, you’ll hear exclusive stories of life on the road, in the studio and what really happened behind the scenes from artists who wrote, performed and produced the some of the biggest classic rock and pop tracks of all time.
Guests include Sir Bob Geldof, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, super-producer Trevor Horn, Chris Difford of Squeeze and their bandmate from A Saucerful of Secrets, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason

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Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt

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    • 4.8 • 628 Ratings

Rockonteurs is a podcast all about the real stories behind real music.
Presented by Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, who wrote and performed megahits like ‘Gold’ and ‘True’, and Guy Pratt, a bass player who shaped songs for the likes of Madonna and Pink Floyd, you’ll hear exclusive stories of life on the road, in the studio and what really happened behind the scenes from artists who wrote, performed and produced the some of the biggest classic rock and pop tracks of all time.
Guests include Sir Bob Geldof, Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, super-producer Trevor Horn, Chris Difford of Squeeze and their bandmate from A Saucerful of Secrets, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason

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    S4E11: Belinda Carlisle

    S4E11: Belinda Carlisle

    This week on Rockonteurs, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt chat with the former lead vocalist of the most successful all-female rock band of all time and a hugely successful solo artist too. We are delighted to welcome Belinda Carlisle to the podcast. From Punk to Pop, we discuss the Go-Go’s, their influences, and their success culminating with the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2021. Plus, we look back at those huge feel-good pop anthems of the 80s.
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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    • 54 min
    S4E10: Scott Gorham

    S4E10: Scott Gorham

    This week on the podcast Guy and Gary are joined by Scott Gorham to celebrate 45 years of one of the most remarkable live albums of all time, ‘Live and Dangerous’ from Thin Lizzy which is out now in a super deluxe edition. With some incredible stories of the band, Phil Lynott, and Scott’s journey to rock star status, this is one not to miss. Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    S4E9: Joan Armatrading

    S4E9: Joan Armatrading

    This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy are joined by an incredible artist with a career spanning over 50 years and 20 studio albums. We are delighted to welcome Ivor Novello Award-winning Joan Armatrading to the podcast to talk about her remarkable career. From the musical Hair to her debut album ‘Whatever’s for Us’ in 1972, to A&M Records, smash hits of the 70s and 80s and working with the likes of super producers like Glyn Johns and Gus Dudgeon, this is one not to miss.
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Tribute – David Crosby

    Tribute – David Crosby

    A special episode to mark the passing of David Crosby. Guy and Gary reflect on his career and his early appearance on the Rockonteurs podcast. Plus, we also pay our respects to Jeff Beck. Rockonteurs is produced by Gimme Sugar Productions
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    • 21 min
    S4E8: Nick Heyward

    S4E8: Nick Heyward

    This week Guy and Gary chat with singer and songwriter Nick Heyward.
    Nick burst onto the scene in the early 80s with his band Haircut One Hundred and the debut album Pelican West. Which is re-released to celebrate the 40th anniversary! They enjoyed 4 Top 10 songs within a year, but before they started work on the 2nd, Nick left to go solo! In this episode, Nick talks about his influences, his love for the band and the upcoming live show in May at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush…with maybe more to follow.
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    S4E7: Don Black

    S4E7: Don Black

    This week on Rockonteurs, Guy and Gary chat with one of the most prolific songwriters this country has ever produced. He’s written 5 Bond songs and shaped lyrics for the likes of John Barry, Michael Jackson, Lulu, Meat Loaf, Van Morrison, Scott Walker, and Quincy Jones. We welcome the Academy Award-winning Don Black to the podcast for a fascinating discussion into his amazing career that continues to this day…
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones for Gimme Sugar Productions

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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
628 Ratings

628 Ratings

hedges ,

Cuts to the chase!

Great guests, extremely knowledgeable hosts, always entertaining. A God-send these past couple of years

ianclev ,

Fabulous insights into the music industry

Huge thanks for Gary and Guy for delving into their contact lists and beyond for this series. It’s in my top three listens.
I’ve just finished listening to the Don Black episode which, I think, is one of the best yet. The success is doubtlessly influenced by interviewing people who have genuine stories to tell; however, they know what questions to ask because they’ve been there and done it.
I also enjoyed the question time episode, which would be great as a monthly ‘bonus’. Also, chaps - when you run out of guests, how about interviewing each other?!!
Thanks again for a great series.

southern softy ,

Good but needs to avoid talking over the top of the interviewee

Some excellent interviews from a wide range of people in the music biz. However, as has been mentioned by at least one other review, the frequent interruption of the interviewee is intensely annoying. Seem to occur as the person being interviewed is in mid-anecdotal flow and you never get to hear the end of the story! Nonetheless, a good podcast series overall. Get rid of the interruptions and it would be 4 / 5 star.

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