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Mark Ellen and David Hepworth have been talking about and writing about music together and individually for a collective eighty years in magazines like Smash Hits, Mojo and The Word and on radio and TV programmes like "Rock On", "Whistle Test" and VH-1.
Over thirteen years ago, when working on the late magazine The Word, they began producing podcasts. Some listeners have been kind enough to say these have been very special to them. When the magazine folded in 2012 they kept the spirit of those podcasts alive in regular Word In Your Ear evenings in which they spoke to musicians and authors in front of an audience. 
Over these years they've produced hundreds of hours of material. As of the Current Unpleasantness of 2020, they've produced yet hundreds of hours more with a little help from guests kind enough to digitally show them around their attics such as Danny Baker, Andy Partridge, Sir Tim Rice and Mark Lewisohn. For the full span of the Word In Your Ear world, visit wiyelondon.com.
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Mark Ellen and David Hepworth have been talking about and writing about music together and individually for a collective eighty years in magazines like Smash Hits, Mojo and The Word and on radio and TV programmes like "Rock On", "Whistle Test" and VH-1.
Over thirteen years ago, when working on the late magazine The Word, they began producing podcasts. Some listeners have been kind enough to say these have been very special to them. When the magazine folded in 2012 they kept the spirit of those podcasts alive in regular Word In Your Ear evenings in which they spoke to musicians and authors in front of an audience. 
Over these years they've produced hundreds of hours of material. As of the Current Unpleasantness of 2020, they've produced yet hundreds of hours more with a little help from guests kind enough to digitally show them around their attics such as Danny Baker, Andy Partridge, Sir Tim Rice and Mark Lewisohn. For the full span of the Word In Your Ear world, visit wiyelondon.com.
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    The best five tracks of the ‘70s and massive applause for Paul Simon (80)

    The best five tracks of the ‘70s and massive applause for Paul Simon (80)

    In which we watch the Harmony Game (the fabulous doc about the making of Bridge Over Troubled Water), wonder if the British are qualified to play Country, hear the new Let It Be outtakes (the Fabs playing ‘Fancy My Chances With You’ and George ordering cauliflower cheese), consider the genius of Every Breath You Take, the Stones dropping Brown Sugar and the moment dance music changed from songs to grooves, and salute the Apple Scruff who sang on Across the Universe.
     
    The new Let It Be outtakes on Spotify …
     
    https://open.spotify.com/album/1BdxbYp1FaNejpDgtDo25V?si=SDCZXciQRUqQTG0dcsP2dA
     
    Paul Simon and fan …
     
    https://youtu.be/AXBlY5CImUU
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    • 46 min
    Kacey Musgraves’ naked TV appearance restaged by Alex Gold

    Kacey Musgraves’ naked TV appearance restaged by Alex Gold

    In which we remember when one of the Stones was in the Air Force, the agony of loons pants, the genius of Irene Handl (and her screen roles: Mrs Crumbling, Miss Harker-Parker, Miss Slenderparts) and Bowie as the Goblin King in Labyrinth. Plus Cliff Richards’ new ‘perv breeks’, Steve Van Zandt visits Brian Jones’ grave, the best short songs, when haircuts wreck a band and Ian Martin’s live review of Rick Astley doing the Smiths.
     
    Irene Handl and Peter Sellers in Shadows on The Grass: https://open.spotify.com/track/5cdRF3u4UsywY4dZ2g0imJ?si=3967f42723834402
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    • 45 min
    Richard Balls: the intoxicating songs and chaotic life of Shane MacGowan

    Richard Balls: the intoxicating songs and chaotic life of Shane MacGowan

    ‘A Furious Devotion' is just out, written by Richard Balls after long conversations and nights spent with Shane and interviews with members of the Pogues, old girlfriends, former teachers and collaborators (Nick Cave, Sinead O’Connor and Christy Moore among them). This covers childhood times in Tipperary, his ‘genius’ school years, fierce debates about his Irish identity, the full story of Fairytale of New York, his marriage, how the band put up with him and the cussed old curmudgeon he is today (a taste: this is a man who shuns computers, mobiles and email and won’t turn the TV down when being interviewed). A revelation from start to finish.
    @RichardBalls
     
    https://omnibuspress.com/products/a-furious-devotion-the-life-of-shane-macgowan-published-on-7th-october-2021
     
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Furious-Devotion-Life-Shane-MacGowan/dp/1787601080
     
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Balls/e/B0034Q6Q8C%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
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    • 46 min
    The late Commander Cody and other enthusiastic smokers

    The late Commander Cody and other enthusiastic smokers

    White-hot, pressing topics kicked around the rock and roll park this week include … can heavy metal ever be sexy?, why the Beatles would have made the greatest Unplugged act, the return of Scritti Politti, good deals in charity shops, what made Status Quo swing, how Jim Morrison wrecked the legacy of the Doors, the Floyd and the Stones discovering disco, Barry Ryan RIP and why Best Record polls in old music papers still get our goat. 
    Rock stars smoking: https://art-sheep.com/old-photographs-of-musicians-smoking-their-cigarettes/
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    • 46 min
    "Mrs Robinson, you're trying to seduce me!"

    "Mrs Robinson, you're trying to seduce me!"

    In which we re-watch the Graduate, wonder when Yes songs stopped making sense, salute the best rock stage names and the Björn Ulvaeus song credit campaign, ponder the curious UK launch of Rolling Stone, note the bands who never did cover versions and wonder if - and this may be stressful - Queen could become more popular than the Beatles. 
    Keith Adsley's beard-losing fund-raiser: https://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/new-recovery-home-opens-in-city-8344686?fbclid=IwAR2R1AlZgV2qsTqYh9JrWSdMlw3yhB-ztYDsvm05MDGhqHAjhbixHqrPkts
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    • 46 min
    Tony Fletcher and a rock press version of “the Beano Christmas Annual”

    Tony Fletcher and a rock press version of “the Beano Christmas Annual”

    ‘The Best Of Jamming!’ is a powerfully nostalgic collection of extracts from the fanzine Tony launched in 1977 when he was 13, born of the lost age of spraymount, cow gum, Tippex, typewriters and cut-and-paste issues stapled together on the bedroom floor. He looks back at the hand-drawn covers, letters from Paul Weller, cash loans from his Mum, in-office debates (“Can we have American acts on the cover?”) and the magazine’s eight glorious years on the edge of insolvency, a story someone really ought to make into a movie. Copies of Jamming! now fetch £50 on eBay.   
     
    @tonyfletcher
     
    Best of Jamming!
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Jamming-Tony-Fletcher/dp/1913172309
     
    Tony’s books …
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-Tony-Fletcher/s?rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3ATony+Fletcher
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

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One of the mandatory music podcasts

I’ve been listening to the Word in Your Ear podcast since it was the Word podcast and I was a subscriber to the magazine. I really enjoy Mark and David’s take on music and culture and I know you will. They really know what they’re talking about and they do it in a funny and insightful way. I count this podcast, the Sodajerker on Songwriting and the Rockonteurs as just mandatory musical info and enjoyment. I’m always happy when I see a new episode has been uploaded.

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