Podcast 318 – a “for the duration” podcast in which Mark Ellen and David Hepworth talk about Joni Mitchell, Krakatoa and the importance of dressing properly while WFH

Since they’re spending a proportion of the Current Unpleasantness talking to each other anyway. Mark Ellen and David Hepworth thought they may as well record some of it, explaining what’s happening with Word In Your Ear in the light of the current situation, how they’re getting by at home, what they’re reading, what they’ve been listening to and what it might all mean for the return of long form listening. Well, it’s not as if they’ve got anything else to do.

Joni Mitchell in concert at the BBC in 1970
Joni Mitchell doing “Me And My Uncle” i n 1965

Here’s a good place to start on the books of Simon Winchester.

And here’s an introduction to Anthony Powell.

David’s book “A Fabulous Creation” is out in paperback.

Please leave a comment on iTunes or anywhere else that allows you to post. We read all of them and really appreciate it. If you’ve got any particular favourites among the old Word podcasts please let us know which at wiye.london@gmail.com

P.S. Here’s Ronnie Lane and Pete Townshend singing “Annie”

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4 thoughts on “Podcast 318 – a “for the duration” podcast in which Mark Ellen and David Hepworth talk about Joni Mitchell, Krakatoa and the importance of dressing properly while WFH”

  1. Counting Crows’ cover of Big Yellow Taxi, is essentially musical ballast, weighting down the soundtrack of ‘Two Weeks Notice’ – A 2002 rom-com, starring Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock, that has leached from the collective cultural memory. It will probably turn up on Talking Pictures, fifty years from now.

    Covering artists seem to struggle to add anything beside their voices to Joni’s songs. I do quite like Tracy Thorn’s fuller-bodied rendition of ‘River,’ with Salvation Army-style Christmas brass in the background.

    I am surprised that her music hasn’t been sampled more often. The only song I can think of that does so is PM Dawn’s ‘Forever Damaged The 96th’, which co-opts a chunk of ‘Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow’ to disastrous effect, and sounds like two tracks, with slightly different rhythmic tempos, are playing over the top of each other.

  2. Hi guys. Good to catch up with you again. I must admit I didn’t realise you were still recording podcasts, so I’m very pleased to stumble on you again, especially in these strange times.
    I was a subscriber to Word Magazine from around 2009 until its demise and have recently been trying to get hold of back issues that I was missing, through eBay.
    Rather ironically I collected 65 copies of the magazine from somebody (via eBay) in London on Monday this week, the day before the lockdown. Very good timing I reckon.
    I think I’m still missing 28 issues, but at least I’ve got plenty to read “for the duration”.
    Best wishes,
    Andy from Hastings

  3. Delighted that you’ve kept the podcast going, I reckon I’ve listened to them all. Over the past few years, during various bits of downtime, I’ve gone back and started listening to them again, currently up to 134 which ended with Boo Hewerdine playing the Velvet’s ‘Who Loves the Sun?’ on a banjo accompanied by your good selves – surely a highlight?

  4. (The Manchester Square Stairwell part 2)

    The full article says it was just the handrail and the glass screen from the first floor. EMI moved out years ago, is it still there or has it vanished?

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