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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 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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    S2E29: Serge Pizzorno

    S2E29: Serge Pizzorno

    This week, it’s the final episode of the series and Guy and Gary chat to Kasabian founder and now frontman Serge Pizzorno. Serge chats to us about his influences, his style and the bands return with the new album ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’ – out on August 5th. It’s the first album without their former lead singer and sees Serge stepping up to take over. In this open and honest conversation, he discusses whether the band considered their future and the motivation behind this stunning new record.
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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    • 54 min
    S2E28: Nitin Sawhney

    S2E28: Nitin Sawhney

    This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy meet producer, composer, artist and Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement award winner Nitin Sawhney.
    Nitin discusses his diverse career that includes collaborations with Paul McCartney, Sting, Jeff Beck and Anoushka Shankar to name a few. He also shares a story on his meeting with Nelson Mandela and how the recent Pink Floyd track ‘Hey Hey Rise Up’ – which he plays on came about.
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Stuart Elmore for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    S2E27: Sheryl Crow

    S2E27: Sheryl Crow

    This week on Rockonteurs, Gary and Guy chat to one of Guy’s pals, the superb Sheryl Crow. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Sheryl has sold over 50 million albums and won 9 Grammy Awards since her 1993 debut album ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’. In this powerful episode, she talks openly about her career, the struggle to make it in a male-dominated industry and the darker side of the business, her little music jamming club that gave its name to her debut, and some of the wonderful people she has worked with over the years. If you get a chance, find a way to watch Sheryl’s new documentary too as it is really rather special. Find out where to watch it on SherylCrow.com
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Stuart Elmore for Gimme Sugar Productions.

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    • 58 min
    S2E26: Barbara Charone

    S2E26: Barbara Charone

    This week on Rockonteurs we talk to a legend in the music PR business – someone whose job it is to steer and guide some of the biggest artists in the world – and Barbara Charone has been doing it longer and better than most. She is fun, fabulous, fearless and trusted by the likes of Madonna, The Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder and Keith Richards. She has a new book out that documents her life guiding the greatest names in music and ‘Access All Areas – A Backstage Pass Through 50 Years of Music and Culture’ is out now. This week she chats to Guy and Gary as they continue their tour across Europe with Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets.
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Stuart Elmore for Gimme Sugar Productions

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    • 55 min
    S2E25: William Orbit

    S2E25: William Orbit

    This week Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt chat to producer extraordinaire William Orbit about his career and his new record 'The Painter'. It's his first brand new album in over 8 years and is out in August.
    In an open and candid conversation they also discuss how art saved him, the dark secrets of recording bass, working with Blur on their '13' album and, of course, Madonna...oh and gangster squirrels.
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions

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    • 54 min
    S2E24: Youth

    S2E24: Youth

    Youth, the long-standing bassist for Killing Joke discusses his long and varied career with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt on the latest episode of Rockonteurs. Ranging from his work with The Verve, Crowded House, Pink Floyd, Blue Pearl... oh and Paul McCartney. He also talks about hanging out with John Lydon after the Sex Pistols break-up and tells the amazing story of recording in the Great Pyramid in Egypt for a Killing Joke album.
    Rockonteurs is produced by Ben Jones and Ian Callaghan for Gimme Sugar Productions

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    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
569 Ratings

569 Ratings

Harp&aMonkey ,

Fantastic podcast

Great rapport with guests and their passion for music, knowledge and respect of their guests really shines through. Fantastic podcast.

L33Hen ,

Brilliant podcast…

Like the TV Programmes “30 For 30” or “Storyville “ it doesn’t matter what the subject matter is, it’s going to be interesting. I think this is the best Podcast I’ve subbed to this year, thanks to you both and all involved.

andymat ,

Fabulous

Essential listening for anyone interested in music. As usual, you start off being drawn to the names you recognise and then find incredible gems throughout. It is great to have such warmth and genuine affection from Guy and Gary which makes for immersive and insightful interviews. Only occasionally do they know the Guests so well, they forget to fill in the gaps for the listener. This is my go to podcast

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