11 episodes

Welcome to Songbook, a podcast about revolutionary music books.
 
In every episode host Jude Rogers and a special guest delve into the history of great writing about music by choosing a classic book, exploring its history and legacy and discussing what makes it so special. There’ll be some books you’ll have heard of, plenty you definitely won’t have, but either way this podcast is guaranteed to expand both your bookshelf and your record collection. So dive on in and feed your head…
 
Songbook is brought to you by White Rabbit, the imprint dedicated to the most innovative voices in music and literature.
store.whiterabbitbooks.co.uk
Music by David Holmes

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Welcome to Songbook, a podcast about revolutionary music books.
 
In every episode host Jude Rogers and a special guest delve into the history of great writing about music by choosing a classic book, exploring its history and legacy and discussing what makes it so special. There’ll be some books you’ll have heard of, plenty you definitely won’t have, but either way this podcast is guaranteed to expand both your bookshelf and your record collection. So dive on in and feed your head…
 
Songbook is brought to you by White Rabbit, the imprint dedicated to the most innovative voices in music and literature.
store.whiterabbitbooks.co.uk
Music by David Holmes

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    10 Vashti Bunyan

    10 Vashti Bunyan

    The shy but free spirit who never played by anyone else’s rules, Vashti Bunyan brings her own unique take and experiences to this fascinating discussion about the book Marianne by Marianne Faithfull with David Dalton.
    Admitting that she was very nervous to revisit an era she had long tried to leave behind her, and a person she didn’t like being compared to, she quickly reveals that reading the book was a revelation.
    Along the way we hear about her dad wishing she’d been a boy, what she’d misunderstood about Marianne Faithfull and why people have the sixties all wrong.
    A brilliantly insightful conversation with a true British musical legend (and some strong language, be warned!).
    Books mentioned in the podcast:
    Wayward by Vashti Bunyan https://uk.bookshop.org/books/wayward-just-another-life-to-live/9781474621939
    Bert Weedon’s Play in a Day https://uk.bookshop.org/books/bert-weedon-s-play-in-a-day/9780571529650 
    Faithfull: An Autobiograhpy by Marianne Faithfull with David Dalton https://www.amazon.co.uk/Faithfull-Autobiography-Marianne/dp/0815410468
    Bodies: Life and Death in Music by Ian Winwood https://uk.bookshop.org/books/bodies-life-and-death-in-music/9780571364183
    Clothes, clothes, clothes. Music, music, music. Boys, boys, boys. By Viv Albertine https://uk.bookshop.org/books/clothes-clothes-clothes-music-music-music-boys-boys-boys/9780571351343
    The Foghorn’s Lament by Jennifer Lucy Allen https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-foghorn-s-lament-the-disappearing-music-of-the-coast/9781474615037
    You can buy Jude's book The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes Our Lives here: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-sound-of-being-human-how-music-shapes-our-lives/9781474622929
     
    Finally White Rabbit's Spotify Playlist of 'booksongs' - songs inspired by books loved by our guests - is here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7chuHOeTs9jpyKpmgXV6uo

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    • 40 min
    09 Adelle Stripe

    09 Adelle Stripe

    Writer and White Rabbit author Adelle Stripe joins Jude to chat about the 1999 book by James Young called Nico, Songs They Never Play on the Radio.
    As well as delving into the grimy Manchester life of singer Nico and her manager Alan Wise that the book portrays they also cover, amongst many things, the intrigue of Adam Ant, why reading about failure is more fun than reading about success, misogyny and how to write about drug use without glamorising it.
    Books mentioned in the podcast:
    Ten Thousand Apologies: Fat White Family and the Miracle of Failure by Adelle Stripe https://bit.ly/3QMfkO2
    The Boy Looked at Johnny by Julie Birchill and Tony Parsons https://bit.ly/3RMBrFu
    England’s Dreaming by Jon Savage https://uk.bookshop.org/books/england-s-dreaming/9780571368549
    You are Beautiful and You are Alone by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike https://uk.bookshop.org/books/you-are-beautiful-and-you-are-alone-the-biography-of-nico/9780571350018
    Coal Black Mornings by Brett Anderson https://uk.bookshop.org/books/coal-black-mornings/9781408710487
    Hellfire: the Jerry Lee Lewis Story by Nick Tosches https://bit.ly/3LeZFFN
    Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Star by Anthony Joseph https://bit.ly/3LdH0KA
    You can buy Jude's book The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes Our Lives here: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-sound-of-being-human-how-music-shapes-our-lives/9781474622929
    Finally White Rabbit's Spotify Playlist of 'booksongs' - songs inspired by books loved by our guests - is here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7chuHOeTs9jpyKpmgXV6uo

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    • 43 min
    08 Geoff Lloyd

    08 Geoff Lloyd

    Podcaster supremo and (importantly for this episode) Beatles obsessive Geoff Lloyd joins Jude for a Songbook deep dive.
     
    Getting together to unpick Paul McCartney's recent bestseller The Lyrics, revelations abound. From Geoff telling Jude how his wife uses The Beatles as a carrot to get him to do stuff to whether Macca admits to watching bad films about himself. They discuss how hard it is to get McCartney off-script, the Beatles' skill at legacy-building and whether Geoff will admit to having a favourite Beatle. 
     
    For fans and non-fans alike.
    Books mentioned in the podcast:
    Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now by Barry Miles (used only) https://bit.ly/3TPTDiT
    Revolution in the Head by Ian McDonald https://bit.ly/3AYFffy
    One Two Three Four by Craig Brown https://bit.ly/3BnAn5m
    Postcards from the Boys by Ringo Starr (used only) https://bit.ly/3KVnW3J
    The Beatles - All These Years Vol. I by Mark Lewisohn https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-beatles-all-these-years-volume-one-tune-in/9781408705759
    Hunter Davies
    My Life in Pictures by Pattie Boyd https://uk.bookshop.org/books/my-life-in-pictures/9781909526907
    How to be Invisible by Kate Bush https://uk.bookshop.org/books/how-to-be-invisible/9780571350940
    You can buy Jude's book The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes Our Lives here: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-sound-of-being-human-how-music-shapes-our-lives/9781474622929
    Finally White Rabbit's Spotify Playlist of 'booksongs' - songs inspired by books loved by our guests - is here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7chuHOeTs9jpyKpmgXV6uo

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    • 40 min
    07 Zakia Sewell

    07 Zakia Sewell

    NTS breakfast show presenter, DJ and writer Zakia Sewell gets together with Jude to chat about her choice of book for this week's episode - The Folk by Ross Cole.
     
    Zakia has a lifelong interest in and love of folk in all its myriad forms and definitions - some of which they grapple with here!
     
    Jude and Zakia also delve into childhood mix tapes, Albion, the quest for meaning in dark times and the complex politics of collecting folk songs.
     
    Books mentioned:
    The Folk: Music, Modernity and the Political Imagination by Ross Cole https://bit.ly/3AANFJZ
    Blues People by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka) https://uk.bookshop.org/books/blues-people/9781838858148
    You can buy Jude's book The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes Our Lives here: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-sound-of-being-human-how-music-shapes-our-lives/9781474622929
    Finally White Rabbit's Spotify Playlist of 'booksongs' - songs inspired by books loved by our guests - is here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7chuHOeTs9jpyKpmgXV6uo


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    • 39 min
    06 Kate Molleson

    06 Kate Molleson

    Writer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Kate Molleson joins Jude to talk about the book Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay.
    As well as digging into the life of Bessie they also discuss how music provides solace, childhood encounters with music, whether women are allowed to be straight up authorities on music, radical lyrics and the complications of discussing a female musician’s clothes.
    Books mentioned in the podcast:
    Sound Within Sound: Opening Our Ears to the Twentieth Century by Kate Molleson https://bit.ly/3bZkZC2
    Us Conductors by Sean Michaels https://uk.bookshop.org/books/us-conductors/9781408868690
    The Musical Life of Gustav Mole by Kathryn Meyrick https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-musical-life-of-gustav-mole/9780859533331
    Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay https://bit.ly/3wddpuF
    You can buy Jude's book The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes Our Lives here: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-sound-of-being-human-how-music-shapes-our-lives/9781474622929
    Finally White Rabbit's Spotify Playlist of 'booksongs' - songs inspired by books loved by our guests - is here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7chuHOeTs9jpyKpmgXV6uo

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    • 37 min
    05 Lloyd Bradley

    05 Lloyd Bradley

    Author and journalist Lloyd Bradley joins Jude to discuss Ted Gioia’s book Music: A Subversive History.
     
    A wonderful conversation that takes in (amongst many things) Lloyd’s chef training, being sent baby clothes by George Clinton, becoming Shakin’ Stevens ‘envoy on earth’, the responsibility of flying the flag for black music writers in the UK and why music right now is in the best place it’s ever been. 
    Books mentioned in the podcast:
    You can pre-order Lloyd’s next book, Funk is Its Own Reward, here https://uk.bookshop.org/books/funk-is-its-own-reward-from-r-b-to-hip-hop/9781472123411
    Bass Culture by Lloyd Bradley https://uk.bookshop.org/books/bass-culture-when-reggae-was-king/9780140237634  
    Music: A Subversive History by Ted Gioia https://amzn.to/3wbH0oe
    Meet Me at Jim and Andy’s by Gene Lees https://uk.bookshop.org/books/meet-me-at-jim-and-andy-s-jazz-musicians-and-their-world/9780195046113
    Move on Up by Aaron Cohen https://uk.bookshop.org/books/move-on-up-chicago-soul-music-and-black-cultural-power/9780226653037
    You can buy Jude's book The Sound of Being Human: How Music Shapes Our Lives here: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-sound-of-being-human-how-music-shapes-our-lives/9781474622929
    Finally White Rabbit's Spotify Playlist of 'booksongs' - songs inspired by books loved by our guests - is here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7chuHOeTs9jpyKpmgXV6uo

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    • 49 min

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