Paul Hanley on Gideon Coe’s Late Night Book Club on BBC Radio 6 Music talking Hex Enduction Hour and Have A Bleedin Guess. Click play above to listen. Running time 36:29.
AUDIO: Brothers Steve Hanley and Paul Hanley in conversation with John Doran at Walthamstow Rock N Roll Book Club. The first part of the conversation is dedicated to The Fall’s 1982 album Hex Enduction Hour, the subject of Paul Hanley’s book Have A Bleedin Guess. The second part is taken with general questions about The Fall, led first by John Doran and followed up by questions from the audience. Recorded at The Trades Hall, Walthamstow on 23rd October 2019 in front of a full house. The sound of bottles smashing during the recording come from the bar, there wasn’t a riot in the crowd. Click play above to listen. Running Time 1:26:50
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Iain Matthews and Ian Clayton join Jason Barnard to talk about Iain’s memoir Thro’ My Eyes for The Strange Brew Podcast, illustrated by 13 songs drawn from across Iain’s career. Running time 1hr 41 mins. Click play above to listen.
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[Click play above to listen to Ian Clayton and Gerard Sweeney on Talk Radio Europe]
A note from Ian:
‘I was asked to appear on Talk Radio Europe. It’s a station based in Spain for ex-pats and English speaking natives. A charming Irish DJ called Gerard Sweeney wanted to interview me about the new edition of my music book, Bringing it All Back Home. I never know what to expect with these radio interviews. The people doing the interview, while well-meaning, are often ill-prepared and you don’t usually get long enough to express much apart from the usual blurb. Only rarely do you get the chance to talk about things close to you. This one was different, it turned out that Gerard was a kindly, considerate chap who wanted to genuinely listen. He also got involved and we ended up not just as interviewer and interviewee, but two blokes swapping stories. I like it when that happens. I had prepared for five minutes tops, we ended up chatting for twenty minutes. The new updated Bringing it all Back Home came out yesterday. I’m thrilled with it and the whole new section at the end has lifted the book up for me.’
Ian Clayton reads an extract from his best-selling music memoir Bringing It All Back Home about the time he went to see Bob Dylan at Blackbushe in 1978.
‘One of the best books about popular music ever written.’ – Record Collector
‘A music-powered helter-skelter of living and learning, as perceptive as a Bob Dylan lyric and as earthy as a Bessie Smith blues.’ -Val Wilmer
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When world music magazine Songlines reviewed Ian Clayton’s book Bringing It All Back Home they declared the reading experience to be ‘The literary equivalent of a great evening in the pub.’ To make literal the Songlines review, a series of in-conversation events that reflect the ethos of the book, incorporating the key themes of home, story-telling, music, film, books, artefacts and mementos have been curated with special guests. The first guest is the great raconteur, musician, author, comedian and cultural historian CP Lee.
CP Lee recalls the folk and beat club scene in Manchester in the mid-sixties and how witnessing Bob Dylan and the Hawks at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester in 1966 changed his life. He talks about his time in Didsbury’s answer to the Grateful Dead, Greasy Bear, and his ten years with the highly influential satirical rock band, Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, including their recording-breaking play Snuff Rock and its unfortunate run in New York. He talks of his love of important artists in his life, including Arthur Lee’s Love, Frank Randall and Lord Buckley, shares anecdotes about Andy Warhol, Nico and Howard Marks, tells the story of visiting Bob Dylan’s childhood home in Hibbing, and pulls out his piccolo ukulele to perform a handful of songs along the way. The recording also includes a reading from Bringing It All Back Home by Ian, a story of the musical hall sounds that filled the street in which he grew up in.
Recorded at Tap & Barrel, Pontefract, Thursday 25th April 2019.
In his book No One Else Could Play That Tune Clinton Heylin notes that the only contemporary radio interview in which Bob Dylan discussed Blood On The Tracks was with Mary Travers but he carefully steered her away from it after a brief exchange. This is said interview (just the talk, the commercials and music are edited out). They also talk Woody Guthrie, topical songs, and about the then forthcoming Basement Tapes release. At one stage the conversation gets a little philosophical until Bob points out to Travers that she is crossing another one of his red lines.