Word Podcast 255 – Hunter Davies, the only authorised biographer of the Beatles

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.


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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