Word Podcast 281 – Sir Tim Rice talks about Cliff, Del Shannon, the Beatles, Sinatra, Elvis, Paul Newman, Elton and the second coming of Jesus Christ Superstar

Tim Rice didn’t particularly like musicals. He was a rock and roll fan turned junior exec. In fact when Tim Rice met Andrew Lloyd Webber in the late 60s he had his eyes on a nice job running one of EMI’s overseas outposts. But then there was Jesus Christ Superstar which was performed by the Grease Band and recorded at Olympic and sold in quantities nobody knew anything could sell and the next thing he knew he was a giant of the musical theatre and was writing with and for everyone. The perspective he’s acquired in the course of a fifty-plus year career is unique and he’s already distilled a lot of it into one volume of memoirs. He came along to The Islington so that Mark and David could encourage him to get on with the next volume. It was a delight to talk to him.

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Word Podcast 280 – Richard Newman on the amazing story of Tubular Bells

It was born in an unpromising flat in Tottenham, came to fruition in an old manor house in Oxfordshire, became, by accident, the soundtrack of a horror film that is still frightening people 45 years later and led, also by accident, to the foundation of one of the few British brands that’s still a household name. It changed the lives of everybody who had anything to do with it. Richard Newman is the only person to have spent time talking to all the people who were involved and his book, The Making Of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, has been re-published to mark the forty-fifth anniversary of the record’s original release. He came to the Islington to talk to David and Mark about it.

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