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David Hepworth, Mark Ellen and chums cast an occasionally jaundiced eye over the goings on in the world of music and entertainment

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David Hepworth, Mark Ellen and chums cast an occasionally jaundiced eye over the goings on in the world of music and entertainment

    Word Podcast 312 - Mike Barnes

    Word Podcast 312 - Mike Barnes

    In his new book "A New Day Yesterday", an account of progressive rock in the 1970s, Mike Barnes tells the story of how this peculiarly British musical form was born out of the Small Faces' "Itchycoo Park" and the Graham Bond Organisation and went on to flourish throughout the 70s in the universities of Britain and the arenas of the United States. He talks to Mark and David about all the issues that matter: capes, mellotrons, seated audiences, prolonged soloing, the real names of the members of Quintessence and whatever happened to Egg.

    • 55 min
    Word Podcast 313 - Sid Smith

    Word Podcast 313 - Sid Smith

    When Sid Smith first finished his definitive biography of King Crimson in 2001 he thought, not unreasonable that would be that. But then Robert Fripp reactivated the band and so Sid had to take up his pen once more. This has resulted in an even more definitive work "In The Court Of King Crimson". He came to Word In Your Ear to run Mark and David through the key facts of their extraordinary rise and their exceptional longevity, what it's like to spend six weeks on the road with a bunch of musical gentlemen of a certain age and why he's not planning to put down his pen just yet.

    • 53 min
    Word Podcast 311 - Alexis Petridis

    Word Podcast 311 - Alexis Petridis

    Alexis Petridis was very lucky Elton John chose him to help tell the story in his best-selling memoir "Me". Elton John's equally lucky Alexis agreed because without him it probably wouldn't be half as good as it is. In fact it's two stories: the first is the story of a musical career that seems to be headed nowhere until a chance meeting with a lyricist began a partnership which operated in an unprecedented way and led to unprecedented success; the other is a personal story of how a very tense little boy from Pinner grew to be able to afford all the addictions on a Pharaonic scale, managed to conquer them and belatedly found contentment in a state that wasn't even invented when he was first a superstar. Every home should have a copy because everyone in that home would find at least some of it jaw-dropping. Alexis told us what it was like to write and what he learned about life in the process.

    • 58 min
    Word Podcast 310 - Barney Hoskyns

    Word Podcast 310 - Barney Hoskyns

    On December 7th Thomas Alan Waits celebrates his 70th birthday and to mark that occasion we asked Barney Hoskyns, the author of his biography "Lowside Of The Road", to talk about what makes Waits one of the rare examples of a misfit who has prospered on his own terms. It's all here: developing his shtick entertaining the line of customers outside, choosing to dress in a way that had gone out of style twenty years before, living his character twenty four hours a day, being taken in hand both personally and professionally somewhat late in the day and eventually becoming a success on his own terms. Barney thinks he as important an artist as the 20th century has produced. He came along to explain why.

    • 53 min
    Word Podcast 309 - Andrew Collins

    Word Podcast 309 - Andrew Collins

    It's always good to welcome Andrew Collins back to the pod. Andrew was with us most recently to talk about the new edition of his official biography of Billy Bragg. This time he's got his movie hat on, as befits the man who writes about films for the Radio Times and presents "Saturday Night At The Movies" on Classic FM. Since 2019 has been such a bumper year for music biopics we asked him to remind us what are the best of breed in ten categories ranging from fiction to festivals and everything inbetween. You probably won't agree with it all but it will probably leave you determined to have a look on Netflix and search out some overlooked classic.

    • 52 min
    Word Podcast 308 - Graham Parker

    Word Podcast 308 - Graham Parker

    Graham Parker had an unusual career trajectory. "I didn't pay my dues until after I had some success," he says. In the wake of his greatest triumph, 1979's "Squeezing Out Sparks", he broke up his partnership with the Rumour and moved to America. Here he was the unwitting beneficiary of a record business which had difficulty adapting to a changed world. In the 80s and 90s, he says, they actually gave him too much money. A few years back he resumed his partnership with the Rumour, who were all present and correct and all got on with each other, a state of affairs almost unique in rock and roll.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

Wriggley ,

Much missed magazine

And great podcast for fans of real music journalism with a sense of humour

maybeshambles ,

phenomenal podcast.

i doesn’t matter what your perspective on ‘the rock’ is, this podcast is so information heavy: that you will be enriched.
i didn’t like it at first, then i heard steve lillywhite casually talking about making the soundtrack of my youth.
it is great to hear your heroes praised or heartily ‘dissed’, especially how it’s done here.
it is a good natured podcast with loads of ‘cursing’ and laughter..and all manner of ‘rock n’ roll’ behavior is discussed.

randy JM ,

randy JM

Fantastic podcast - but the audio for Episode 217 (Bob Harris) is identical to Episode 218 (Where are the Crisps?). I can't find the audio for ep 217 anywhere!

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