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Starfish and Coffee is a pop-culture podcast hosted by writer, Sion Smith. Expect chat related to music, books and a whole host of other stuff: the supernatural, endangered species, noir crime shows... those kind of things.

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Starfish and Coffee is a pop-culture podcast hosted by writer, Sion Smith. Expect chat related to music, books and a whole host of other stuff: the supernatural, endangered species, noir crime shows... those kind of things.

    #007: Jim DeRogatis: Biographer of Lester Bangs and music critic

    #007: Jim DeRogatis: Biographer of Lester Bangs and music critic

    My guest this week is the mighty Jim DeRogatis.

    He is the biographer of Lester Bangs, a long-time music critic, journalist and podcast host over at Sound Opinions.

    Jim has strong opinions on almost everything we touch upon. I must confess to not even having considered some of the topics he comments upon, so if I sound vague now and again, it’s because I am. I hardly follow any political stories in the U.K. never mind anywhere else. His Sound Opinions podcast (co-hosted with Greg Kot) is a treasure trove of findings - if you've never listened before, you've got months of listening ahead of you.

    His latest book - Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly - is available now in both hardback and as an audiobook.

    Not content with talking solely about Lester, we also wander into territories such as Woodward and Bernstein (the Watergate journalists/please go watch All The President's Men if you never have), investigative journalism, rock criticism, fanzines vs blogs, the death of magazines, R. Kelly, Marilyn Manson, Generation X vs Baby Boomers, ABBA, Kiss vs The Beatles... you get the picture. 

    All references made to 'Sam' are to Sam Weller previous podcast guest on #006 who has an office across the hall from Jim - small world!)

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    I think that’s everything. Here’s the official stuff:

    Starfish and Coffee is available on all podcast hosting platforms. It would help me out a lot if you were a subscriber wherever that may be and even more so by nudging a friend and their ears in that direction. 

    If you’re into what I’m doing, you can support the podcast by ‘buying me a coffee’ at:

    www.buymeacoffee.com/sionsmith

    Follow me on instagram.com/mrsionsmith

    Follow me on twitter.com/StarfishPodcast

    Finally, I have built a new online home here: sionsmith.co.uk where things happen with pens and paper and there are links to 'everything'.

    Be cool to each other….

    S

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    #006: Sam Weller: Ray Bradbury biographer and author.

    #006: Sam Weller: Ray Bradbury biographer and author.

    Episode 6 Show Notes:

    My guest this week is Sam Weller. He is the biographer of the mighty Ray Bradbury, an author in his own right and a serious Kiss fan (which we try very hard not to dwell on but temptation is always there, so please forgive us). He’s also as knee deep in pop culture as I am, making this week an easy ride, which is always a bonus. Talking of bonus features, check out the occasional Chicago PD sirens in the background. Got to love it when that happens.

    Sam currently has a book of short stories in the world called Dark Black which I can’t rain praise on enough without it becoming embarrassing - if you’re in the market to support him, you can buy a copy directly from the publisher, Hat and Beard, right here:

    https://hatandbeard.com/products/dark-black

    Alongside of Ray Bradbury, across the Starfish table, somehow we also managed to cram in (in no particular order)

    Stephen King, Hugh Hefner, magazine publishing, Jim Henson and The Muppets, ABBA, Marvel Comics, David Bowie, Peter Benchley, The Wildhearts, pulp fiction, freelancing, Ed McBain, The Hardy Boys, The Twilight Zone, Neil Gaiman, Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, Lester Bangs, Kiss (natch) and Hoover (yep, the vacuum cleaner company).

    You can find Sam at: http://www.samweller.net

    You can also find him on twitter: https://twitter.com/Sam__Weller

    For those of you with time on your hands, the episode of Alice Cooper on The Muppet Show I refer to (all of which can now be found on Disney Plus) is Season Three, Episode Seven - which is a good point at which to correct myself - the songs he actually performs are Welcome to my Nightmare, You and Me (not, I Never Cry) and School's Out. I can’t find any reference whatsoever to Kiss being on Sesame Street but that’s how I recall it… maybe it was edited into the show before broadcast.

    The article Sam wrote about Kiss for PopMatters can be found here:

    https://www.popmatters.com/kiss-should-end-it-all

    I think that’s everything. Here’s the official stuff:

    Starfish and Coffee is available on all podcast hosting platforms. It would help me out a lot if you were a subscriber wherever that may be and even more so by nudging a friend and their ears in that direction. Please subscribe wherever you listen for notifications of new episodes.

    If you’re into what I’m doing, you can support the podcast by ‘buying me a coffee’ at:

    www.buymeacoffee.com/sionsmith

    Follow me on instagram.com/mrsionsmith

    Follow me on twitter.com/mrsionsmith or twitter.com/StarfishPodcast - I should probably kill one of those off but it stands for now.

    Finally, I have built a new online home here: sionsmith.co.uk where things happen with pens and paper.

    Be cool to each other….

    S

    • 1 hr 16 min
    It’s A Long Way To The Top... (Part 2)

    It’s A Long Way To The Top... (Part 2)

    Episode 5 Show Notes: 

    Back in the late 80s/early 90s, my buddy JJ and myself used to spend a crazy amount of time together at club gigs, in the record store and most importantly, in each other’s kitchen throwing rock n roll philosophy at each other. It’s something we’ve kept up for over thirty years and so it continues except now, we're recording them. In episode five, we lovingly present part two on our thoughts of what it takes to move up the ladder as an emerging artist or band by throwing around some of the things we’ve learned, some of the things we’ve seen and more importantly perhaps, some things that we haven’t seen and should have. As always, it’s more food for thought than concrete answers but you know what… I think that’s OK. That’s the way it should be because you’re all smart enough to figure it out. 

    If you’re into what we’re doing, you can support the podcast by ‘buying me a coffee’ at www.buymeacoffee.com/sionsmith 
    Follow me on instagram.com/mrsionsmith 
    Follow me on twitter.com/mrsionsmith 
    You can find JJ at twitter.com/jjkrazy 

    The show is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcasts and just about every other podcast host you care to use, so you can help us out by subscribing and even more so by nudging a friend in that direction. It would mean a lot.

    • 1 hr
    It’s A Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock n Roll (Part 1)

    It’s A Long Way To The Top If You Wanna Rock n Roll (Part 1)

    Episode 4 Show Notes: Back in the late 80s/early 90s, my buddy JJ and myself used to spend a crazy amount of time together at club gigs, in the record store and most importantly, in each other’s kitchen throwing rock n roll philosophy at each other. It’s something we’ve kept up for over thirty years and so it continues except now, we're recording them. In episode four, we dig into what it takes to move up the ladder as an emerging artist or band by throwing around some of the things we’ve learned, some of the things we’ve seen and more importantly perhaps, some things that we haven’t seen and should have. As always, it’s more food for thought than concrete answers but you know what… I think that’s OK. That’s the way it should be. If you’re into what we’re doing, you can support the podcast by ‘buying me a coffee’ at www.buymeacoffee.com/sionsmith  Follow me on instagram.com/mrsionsmith  Follow me on twitter.com/mrsionsmith  You can find JJ at twitter.com/jjkrazy The show is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcasts and just about every other podcast host you care to use, so you can help us out by subscribing and even more so by nudging a friend in that direction. It would mean a lot. And if you’re looking for that YouTube video link I mentioned at the end of the show, you can find that right here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhitq-pqlNA&t=250s

    • 1 hr
    Radio Killed The Video Star

    Radio Killed The Video Star

    Episode 3 Show Notes:
    Back in the late 80s/early 90s, my buddy JJ and myself used to spend a crazy amount of time together at club gigs, in the record store and most importantly, in each other’s kitchen throwing rock n roll philosophy at each other. It’s something we’ve kept up for over thirty years and so it continues except now, we're recording them.

    In episode three, we lock and load on a subject close to both our hearts and that’s radio. Back in the day, MTV had a good stab at killing it off and inevitably perhaps, just killed itself instead, whilst radio adapted and surged forwards with DAB and digital channels... an adaptation which is still taking place today. Where to from here? Is YouTube the new MTV? The answer as ever, is multi- faceted as we discovered when we started twiddling the dial.

    If you’re into what we’re doing, you can support the podcast by buying me a coffee and keeping it ad/sponsor free: www.buymeacoffee.com/sionsmith 

    Follow me on instagram.com/mrsionsmith/ 
    Follow me on twitter.com/mrsionsmith 
    Website: sionsmith.co.uk 
    You can find JJ at twitter.com/jjkrazy

    Don’t forget to subscribe. We're officially available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor and just about every other podcast host you care to use.

    • 55 min
    A Relevant Magazine Should Be A Sound, Not An Echo

    A Relevant Magazine Should Be A Sound, Not An Echo

    Episode 2 Show Notes: Back in the late 80s/early 90s, my buddy JJ and myself used to spend a crazy amount of time together at club gigs, in the record store and most importantly, in each other’s kitchen throwing rock n roll philosophy at each other. It’s something we’ve kept up for over thirty years and so it continues except now, we're recording them. In episode two of Starfish and Coffee, we chew away at something we both grew up hard on - music magazines (from both sides of the Atlantic and even Japan). Do they have a future in a digital age of supremacy? What do they offer readers and artists alike when there's a much faster way to get your news into the wallets of your fans? I think we are harsh but fair in this conversation and we both really hope you dig it.  If you Really Dig It, you can support the podcast by buying me a coffee and keeping it ad/sponsor free: www.buymeacoffee.com/sionsmith  Follow me on instagram.com/mrsionsmith/  Follow me on twitter.com/mrsionsmith  Website: sionsmith.co.uk  And you can find JJ at twitter.com/jjkrazy Oh... and don't forget to subscribe. We're officially available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor and as I sit and write this, just about every other podcast host you care to use.

    • 55 min

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