The Last Bohemians is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, independent podcast series that meets maverick and radical women in arts and culture and takes listeners on a vivid, hallucinatory trip through their extraordinary lives. From subversive musicians and style icons to game-changing artists, these are women who have lived life on the edge and who still refuse to play by the rules.
The series was created in 2019 by host and journalist Kate Hutchinson and is produced by a team of rising women in audio, with portraits by Laura Kelly. Season 1 features Molly Parkin, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Pauline Black and more; Season 2 stars Judy Collins, Gee Vaucher, Zandra Rhodes and P.P. Arnold; Season 3 is with Maggi Hambling, Cleo Sylvestre and Dana Gillespie. In 2020, The Last Bohemians published a lockdown special with performance artist Marina Abramović.
The Last Bohemians has been a podcast of the week in the Guardian, Observer New Review, The Financial Times and on Radio 4. In January 2022, it was featured in the New Yorker. It won silver for Best New Podcast at the British Podcast Awards 2020 and was a finalist for the Grassroots Production Award at the 2021 Audio Production Awards.
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“This series is a delight… Run to this podcast right now” The Observer
"Unusually intimate portraits of spectacular lives… Buoyed by exquisite production, these conversations are atmospheric, contemplative and fabulously candid" Financial Times
"A beautifully intimate set of portraits made by an all-female audio team – what more could you ask for to celebrate International Women’s Day?" The Guardian
Feisty, heartfelt and bursting with wisdom" NME
"A rhapsodic, necessary retelling of trailblazer stories" Dazed
Angelyne: the magic and mystery of LA's original influencer
The Last Bohemians: Los Angeles kicks off with LA legend Angelyne, the blonde bombshell who rose to fame in the 1980s when her billboards started mysteriously appearing around the city (and about whom Peacock released a major, hugely hyped biopic in 2022). Get to know the real Angelyne as host Kate Hutchinson takes an eventful ride in her hot-pink Corvette, is schooled in the difference between mystery and mystique, and control and allure, and finds out how she laid the groundwork for the influencer generation.
Gloria Hendry: the Live and Let Die star on Bond, Playboy Bunnies and the blaxploitation era
The Last Bohemians: LA continues with Bond Girl, Gloria Hendry. She made film history with Live and Let Die, becoming Bond's first Black love interest, and took on edgy roles in what were known as the blaxploitation films of the 1970s. She talks about being a trailblazer, raunchy sex scenes, what being a Playboy Bunny taught her about life and how she paved the way for Black women in film
Linda Ramone: the NYC punk in LA on love triangles, legacies and keeping rock'n'roll alive
The Last Bohemians: LA heads up to the valley and to meet the wife of the late Johnny Ramone – guitarist in one the greatest punk bands there ever was – and custodian of the Linda and Johnny Ramone Ranch, a paradise of countercultural curios, movie memorabilia and Elvis collectables. Over a morning aperitif, Linda talks about growing up with NYC punk, dating bandmates and younger men, what Lisa-Marie Presley thinks of her themed Elvis room, the importance of fandom, her musical obsessions, how she maintains rock’n’roll’s legacy and the best way to silence your critics
Artists Betye Saar, Alison Saar and Maddy Leeser on creativity, mysticism and motherhood
Our LA series, supported by Audio-Technica, returns this week with a Last Bohemians first: in a very special episode, we speak to three generations of an American artistic dynasty up in the leafy hills of Laurel Canyon: Alison Saar, her daughter Maddy Leeser and her mother, 96-year-old Betye Saar, whose 1960s and 70s work was so revolutionary that Angela Davis credited it with launching the Black women’s movement.
Join us around the garden table as the three women discuss their encouraging outlook on motherhood and creativity, making art out of the everyday, being a mixed race family and the importance of exploring their African-American heritage, and the life and career advice that been passed down from generation to generation.
This episode was produced by Sue Merlino and Holly Fisher and presented by Kate Hutchinson.
Lynn Castle: LA's first lady barber on Elvis, the LSD-soaked Sixties and her secret music career
Lynn Castle was one of the first women in Hollywood to cut men’s hair and known as the first lady barber of LA – which she immortalised in her song 'The Lady Barber' with Nancy Sinatra producer Lee Hazlewood.
Little is known about Lynn today but back in the acid-drenched 60s she hung out with movers and shakers of the era like Jim Morrison, the Byrds, Sonny Bono and Neil Young (and trimmed their long locks).
In this episode of The Last Bohemians: LA, supported by Audio-Technica, she discusses her 'friendship' with Elvis, her series of almost-famous moments with Bob Dylan and the Stones, her positive outlook and life, and unexpectedly digs out letters from an old flame...
Producer: Holly Fisher
Presenter and Exec Producer: Kate Hutchinson
Johanna Went: the cult performance art-punk on feminism, fake blood, embracing ageing and inspiring Lady Gaga
The Last Bohemians LA, supported by Audio-Technica, meets the “hyena of performance art”, whose transgressive spectacles of New Wave theatre, experimental noise, elaborate and crude costumes, chaotic rituals, gory props like pig heads and blood – lots of blood – built a cult following in the 1980s LA punk scene and predated Lady Gaga’s meat dress by decades
A must listen to podcast.
Stories of Diverse Women Creatives Over 60
Thank you for sharing captivating conversations with brilliant creatives! Interviews with people who were at the center of powerful movements, live unconventionally, and continue to create. You cannot reach for what you cannot see.
This is such a fascinating podcast..more please!!