In which David Hepworth talks to legendary journalist and author Hunter Davies about his time as a fly on the wall with the Beatles in the middle sixties and his newly-published Beatles Book. Includes: a Chinese meal in Bangor in 1967, the writing of “Getting Better”, the time McCartney turned up in the middle of the night and the cost of a house in London in the mid-sixties.
In which we talk to the irrepressible Sylvia Patterson on how music provided some much needed structure in her chaotic teenage life and her career as a writer on Smash Hits, NME and beyond. Contains: Manics, Mick Hucknall, Happy Mondays, Blur and many more. Sylvia’s book is I’m Not With The Band.
In which we talk to the man who began taking pictures at Eric Clapton’s Rainbow concert and was there to document the brief moment when punk was invented in London. Some of these pictures are collected in his new book Punk London 1977.
In which we talked to the husband and wife team behind Maybe I’m Doing It Wrong: The Life And Times Of Randy Newman about this uniquely fascinating artist and whether he’ll be remembered for “Short People” or “Toy Story”.
In which Harry Nilsson biographer Alyn Shipton reflects on the man with the voice of an angel and the thirst of a medium-sized nation. We were a bit late with this but Alyn Shipton’s book Nilsson:The Life Of A Singer-Songwriter is such an absorbing account of a life packed with incident it’s better late than never.
In which David Hepworth (little one on the left) instructs Mark Ellen (lanky one on the right) in the theory behind his best-selling book “1971: Never A Dull Moment”.
In which friend of Word In Your Ear and Essex correspondent Zoe Howe talks about the Doctor Feelgood frontman, subject of her new book Lee Brilleaux: Rock’n’Roll Gentleman.
In which Word contributor and biographer of George Harrison Graeme Thomson talks about the short but action-packed passage of Phil Lynott, the subject of his authorised biography Cowboy Song.
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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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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