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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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    Lenny Kaye nails some moments “when the universe shifted”

    Lenny Kaye nails some moments “when the universe shifted”

    Lenny Kaye’s just published ‘Lightning Striking: Ten Transformative Moments In Rock And Roll’, events in particular times and places that changed the landscape, among them (and discussed here) Liverpool in 1962, New York in 1975 and Seattle in 1991. In the digital world, will we ever have that kind of local music scene again? His fascinating observations include driving to San Francisco for the Love-In, the world of CBGBs, Norwegian Black Metal, life in the Patti Smith Group and some of “the eccentric characters I feel naturally drawn to” which include Joe Meek, Stiv Bators and the Ramones. Among the questions: what’s the correct way to file Captain Beefheart, under ‘C’ or ‘B’? This is a man whose record collection is divided into “food groups” and includes “a wacko section”. He’s wonderful company. 
     
    Lightning Striking …
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lightning-Striking-Lenny-Kaye/dp/1474615074
     
    https://lpr.com/lpr_artists/lenny-kaye/
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    • 36 min
    Elvis Costello, aka rock’s “greatest communicator”

    Elvis Costello, aka rock’s “greatest communicator”

    In which we watch a breathtaking 40-minute piece of oratory by EC that takes in David Hockney, TikTok, Laurel & Hardy, what Pete Thomas did during Lockdown and how to avoid your new album being “just another bucket of herring tossed into the stream”. And go to the Premiere of Peter Jackson’s Get Back. And remember some slightly hopeless second albums (ABC, Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Tracy Chapman) and some prime examples of the “front-loaded” LP (Let’s Dance, the Joshua Tree etc). And delight in discovering the snobbery of people who work in record shops is still apparent when you’re trying to buy an Ornette Coleman CD.
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    • 41 min
    Inscrutable album covers and Hunky Dory’s 50th birthday

    Inscrutable album covers and Hunky Dory’s 50th birthday

    In which we salute the great ‘60s pop writer and Beatles associate Maureen Cleave, find a copy of Melody Maker from the week Hunky Dory was released (the Rainbow opens, Lindisfarne banned from Brighton Dome after fans dance in aisles! etc), talk to Chris Topham of the Plane Groovy label about the vinyl crisis (there’s a seven-month wait to get a record pressed), check the map of the biggest-selling music acts from each UK county and get to the root of the old Sounds headline “My naked bath-nights with Olivia Newton-John”.
     
    Chris Topham’s Plane Groovy Records …
    https://www.planegroovy.com/toppo.html
     
    Maureen Cleave’s famous ‘How Does A Beatle Live?’ piece …
    http://headsup.freeshell.org/beatles-articles/standard.html
     
    Map of the biggest-selling music acts from each UK county …
    https://brilliantmaps.com/best-selling-england/
    Word In Your Ear live in London on November 22: https://john-ilsley-more-tba.eventbrite.co.uk
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    • 37 min
    McCartney’s lyrics & the Tom Tom Club plus Lionel Blair and other rhyming slang immortals

    McCartney’s lyrics & the Tom Tom Club plus Lionel Blair and other rhyming slang immortals

    In which we kick about with music at weddings, spin-off groups, the bracing challenge of Trout Mask Replica, why pop music needs no awards, the Lionel Blair gag on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, a 42-disc boxset, skippable album tracks, the Stones still playing Midnight Rambler, McCartney on LP Hartley, Hamlet and Dylan Thomas, and rhyming slang we’d never heard – eg lunch: “a pint of Shaun Ryder, two Bills and a Giorgio Armani”. Plus the tragedy of the Astroworld Festival.
     
    That Lionel Blair and Sammy Davis tap-off in 1961:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrS_XEBuFSU
     
    Bob Lefsetz on the rock festival safety crisis:
    https://lefsetz.com/wordpress/2021/11/06/astroworld/
    Word In Your Ear live in London on November 22nd:
    https://john-ilsley-more-tba.eventbrite.co.uk
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    • 46 min
    Happy 50th to the Pink Moon recording sessions!

    Happy 50th to the Pink Moon recording sessions!

    In which we debunk the eye-watering Adele Hyde Park ticket prices, note the crowd-losing absence of choruses in Nick Drake songs, remember the strangest onstage guests, marvel at McCartney’s childhood memories and applaud Steve Van Zandt’s theory about the beginning and end of rock music. And birthday patron Giles Fraser is piped aboard plus his proposition about rock and roll legacy.
    Giles Fraser's Let's Fly: https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/contemporary/lets-fly/
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    • 38 min
    Daniel Rachel hears 100 hours of Beatles audio – “it’s like the DNA in a crime scene”.

    Daniel Rachel hears 100 hours of Beatles audio – “it’s like the DNA in a crime scene”.

    Daniel Rachel, old pal of the pod, has just published ‘Like Some Forgotten Dream: What If The Beatles Hadn’t Split Up?’, much of it drawn from his access to the Let It Be tapes and full of enthralling details about the highs and lows of the band’s last year. This includes precisely what happened after George stormed out in Jan ’69, the stories of Gimme Some Truth, Cold Turkey and All Things Must Pass, missed press news opportunities, the Scottish car crash, the Toronto Peace Concert and a fantasy tracklist for the double album they could have made in 1970. And much fond talk of their personal chemistry. “There was no showboating, everybody served the song and the idea of making music surpassed everything.”
    @DanielRachel69
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Like-Some-Forgotten-Dream-Beatles/dp/1788403207
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    • 49 min

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