Podcast 336 – Happy Anniversary: 50 and 40 years ago this week!

In which we salute the magnificent Peter Green (and hear Owen Parker’s memories of recording with him in the ’90s), look back at the great Q headlines – CarelessTalk Costs Wives! The Hoarse Foreman of the Apocalypse! – flick through a Melody Maker from 1970, spot the fake deejay, applaud the recent Springsteen radio shows and find Bob Marley & the Wailers photographed in lift.

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Podcast 335 – Live Aid’s “2,000 million global audience”: surely some mistake?

In which we remember Lady Di rollerskating in Kensington Palace with Duran Duran on her Walkman, invent fake rap stars and Mod Revival bands, applaud the world’s first DJ, light a candle for Judy Dyble, relive a Nick Lowe parlour game and watch a sensationally dreadful pop documentary.

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Podcast 334 – Graeme Thomson on John Martyn’s “lifelong grudges and huge, messy explosion of records”

Music writer, author and old pal from Word magazine, Graeme Thomson on his spledid new book, “Small Hours: the Long Night of John Martyn”, a tale involving immaculately delicate music, dark undercurrents, Glaswegian folk clubs, Nick Drake, Lee Perry, Joe Boyd, countless chaotic relationships, oceans of booze and a manager with two broken ribs.

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Word Podcast 332: what makes an album cover ‘classic’?

In which we ponder American pop showbiz v shambling British charm, bands v solos acts, Will Farrell’s Eurovision movie, Ed Sheeran’s bank balance, BeyoncĂ© at Glastonbury, which rock star will live the longest and Disco v Grunge in the Stack Waddy game.

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