The Strange Brew Podcast with Iain Matthews and Ian Clayton

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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Ian Clayton on Talk Radio Europe

Ian Clayton the gang at Cambridge Folk Festival

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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.’

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Bob Dylan’s Picnic at Blackbushe | A Story By Ian Clayton

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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Bringing It All Back Home With CP Lee

Ian Clayton and CP Lee

Ian Clayton and CP Lee (Photo by Tony Walsh)

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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.


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Bob Dylan Interview | Mary Travers and Friend Radio Show

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.

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Clinton Heylin Talks Blood on the Tracks

A podcast of Clinton Heylin’s presentation at Durham Book Festival 2018. Clinton reads from his monograph No One Else Could Play That Tune, plays two tracks from the New York recording sessions for Bob Dylan’s album Blood on the Tracks and takes questions from the floor. Running time is 49 minutes. Recorded at City Theatre, Durham, 13th October 2018. Click play above to listen.

No One Else Could Play That Tune is a session by session and track by track account of the New York recording sessions for Blood on the Tracks, and is the prefect guide to the Bootleg Series release More Blood, More Tracks. It is a limited edition hardback available exclusively from Route. Click here to order a copy.

Iain Matthews Radio Interview With Jonti Willis

Iain Matthews in an hour long interview with Jonti Willis on the Sine FM Roots & Acoustic show recorded in October 2018. Iain talks about his life, music and book in between the playing of selected songs. Click play above to listen.

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