A podcast that chats to a wide variety of Beatle authors and writers. What inspired them to add their entry into a library of over 1000 books?
’’In His Own Write’ with Jonathan Glew
I'm joined for this episode by actor and director Jonathan Glew to discuss John Lennon's 'In His Own Write'.
In 2015 Jonathan was granted the rights from Yoko Ono and the Lennon Estate to adapt John Lennon’s first book of poetry and prose into a theatrical production. The show went on to be a huge hit at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival and was remounted at the V&A in 2016 where it ran alongside the ‘You Say You Want A Revolution?’ exhibition.
James Campion - ’Take A Sad Song...’
My guest for this episode is James Campion, who joins me to discuss his book 'Take A Sad Song...The Emotional Currency of Hey Jude'.
James' book dives deeply into the song’s origins, recording, visual presentation, impact, and eventual influence on the remaining pat of The Beatles career
Paul Du Noyer - ’Conversations With McCartney’
Paul Du Noyer returns to the pod to discuss his 2015 book 'Conversations With McCartney'.
In June 1989, Paul Du Noyer was contacted by Paul McCartney's office in London and asked to interview the star as they had met once before and enjoyed a good rapport.
In the years that followed, Paul Du Noyer continued to meet, interview and work for Paul McCartney on a regular basis, producing magazine articles, tour programmes, album liner notes, press materials and website editorial. It's likely that Du Noyer has spent more hours in formal, recorded conversation with McCartney than any other writer.
Jay Bergen - ’Lennon, The Mobster and The Lawyer’
My guest for this episode is Jay Bergen, the attorney who represented John in his 1976 trial against Morris Levy, the mob connected owner of Roulette Records who had released 'Roots' - an unauthorised version of John's 'Rock n Roll' album.
Jay shares his memories of the time he spent with John - what it was like interviewing him on the stand, and what he observed about John and Yoko, just as they were retiring from the public eye.
More information about the book can be found at https://www.lennonthemobsterandthelawyer.com/
Richard Mills - ’The Beatles and Fandom’
My guest for this episode is Richard Mills, who joins me to discuss his book 'The Beatles and Fandom'.
Richard's book is the first to discuss fan subcultures. It combines academic theory on fandom with compelling original research material to tell an alternative history of the Beatles phenomenon: a fans' history of the Beatles that runs concurrently with the popular story we all know.
Ted Widmer - ’The Beatle Who Got Away’
I'm joined for this bonus episode by historian and writer Ted Widmer, who joins me to discuss his fabulous New Yorker piece on Stuart Sutcliffe.
Ted tells about the time he spent with Stuart's sister, Pauline, how Stuart fitted in with the other Beatles, and how his early death cast a huge shadow over The Beatles for years to come.
You can read ted's piece here - https://www.newyorker.com/culture/essay/the-beatle-who-got-away
One of the best Beatles related podcasts. !
Joe is a very talented interviewer whose podcast has opened me up to many Beatles books which I never knew existed. He lets his guests speak without speaking over him or her, but at the same time asks deep, probing questions. Give him a listen!
Fascinating interview! Kudos to Hagan for telling it like it is/was. He sounds like a genuine guy and a treasure of a journalist. Even Paul opened up to him!
Joe’s best interview yet IMO