Word Podcast 247 – “It wasn’t like Austin Powers” – Celebrating 1966 with Jon Savage


Jon Savage has written celebrated histories of Punk Rock and the Teenager. Now he turns his attention to 1966, the year when pop went fuzzy at the edges, when psychedelic drugs, protest about Vietnam and anxiety about nuclear war helped inspire some of the greatest pop music ever made, by everyone from Bob Dylan to the Stones to Norma Tanega. He talked to David Hepworth about it in front of an audience at The Islington.

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Word Podcast 246 – Howard Sounes on the irascible Lou Reed

51FmG2HBHjL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Howard Sounes has already written revelatory biographies of Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney. Most recently he’s turned his attention to Lou Reed. In Notes from the Velvet Underground he recounts the extraordinary life and career of one of rock’s most memorably irascible characters, someone who occasionally pulled a gun on even close friends and allies. He talked to David Hepworth about it in front of an audience at the Islington.

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Word Podcast 245 – Elvis Costello


Elvis Costello joins us to talk about his blockbusting memoir “Unfaithful Music And Disappearing Ink“. The conversation takes in such vital issues as: growing up in a house full of acetates and publishers demos, the reason The Attractions ran on to the stage in 1977, Nick Kent’s tackle on display in the garden of the pub opposite Island Records, playing support to the Natural Acoustic Band in 1971, listening to the radio in the 60s, what he learned from Burt Bacharach and why the White House is the ideal place to play “Penny Lane”. Cheers, Elvis.

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Word Podcast 242 – Chris Salewicz


Chris Salewicz joined us to talk about Dead Gods: The 27 Club which deals with the rock stars who never got past their twenty-seventh birthday. His list includes: Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and others. What they all had in common was a family background not as happy as you would like and a sub-conscious fear of dealing with adult life.

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