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Have A Bleedin Guess:

The story of Hex Enduction hour.

Even if it’s a fool’s errand trying to decide which is the greatest LP out of The Fall’s huge back catalogue of albums, many fanatics of the group will tell you that the worst thing you can say about Hex is that it’s their equal best at the very least. ’ – John Doran, The Quietus

Sunday 10 Nov  |  4.15pm

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Paul Hanley

Paul Hanley was the drummer in The Fall from 1980-85 and now plays with Brix & The Extricated. His debut book Leave The Capital: A History of Manchester Music in 13 Recordings was nominated for the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.

John Robb

John Robb is a many-faceted creature. Bassist and singer for post-punk mainstays The Membranes, author, journalist, DJ, publisher and talking head, he’s all these things and more

He grew up in Blackpool before punk rock came along and saved his life.

Naively believing that you really could do what you wanted he went on to form the loudest group ever, the Membranes- the highly influential post punk band and were a big influence on the soon to come Sonic Youth and Big Black American scene. Membranes recently reformed and their 2016 Dark matter/Dark Energy is a critically acclaimed ‘masterpiece’ that is their best selling album yet. The band Released their new acclaimed album ‘What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away’ in 2019 recorded with a 20 piece choir. (http://www.facebook.com/themembranes)

He was one of the leading post punk fanzine writers in the UK with ‘Rox’ before  he went on to write for the rock press with Sounds and was the first person to interview Nirvana and coined the expression Britpop and was instrumental in kick starting and documenting the Madchester scene with his writing.

His music and culture website louderthanwar.com is currently one of the biggest music and culture sites in the UK and he does loads of TV and radio and is currently setting up a multi-media channel for Lush and filming exclusive one hour interviews with people like Green party leader Caroline Lucas, musician Shaun Ryder, comedian Stewart Lee and many others for them ( http://louderthanwar.com/watch-all-of-john-robbs-lush-interviews/#.Wi_rrjYSSt4.twitter).

He also currently writes books and articles, co-runs Louder Than Words and is a political campaigner who chairs committees in Parliament and is an in demand speaker with his spoken word show spawned by the success of his talks of TEDx on punk, zen and the universe and also for his talks of veganism and punk rock and is launching a one man in conversation show called ‘The world accruing to John Robb’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89CQ-TVSxV8)

Phil Savidge

Phill Savidge is widely credited as one of the main instigators of the Britpop movement that swept the UK in the mid 1990s. During this time, Savidge (as co-founder and head of legendary PR company Savage and Best) represented most of the artists associated with the scene including Suede, Pulp, The Verve, Elastica, The Auteurs, Longpigs, Ultrasound, Echobelly, Menswear, Marion, Black Box Recorder and Kula Shaker.

Phill’s unique experience at the epicentre of Britpop led to many intimate, not entirely self-congratulatory, encounters with a who’s who of popular culture – including Brett Anderson, Damon Albarn, Roy Orbison, David Bowie, Joe Strummer, Lou Reed, Richard Ashcroft, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Mick Jagger and Damien Hirst amongst others – and it is these encounters that form the centerpiece of Phill’s first book, Lunch With The Wild Frontiers: A History Of Britpop And Excess in 13 and a ½ Chapters. Lunch .. was released in May this year to much critical acclaim, The Guardian calling it “a lively love-letter to a bygone era” and the Glasgow Herald hailing it as a 20th Century glitter-ball take on Machiavelli’s The Prince.” Q magazine also praised the book as “a read-in-one-sitting, eye-watering memoir” whilst Classic Pop heralded it as “an exhilarating and hilarious expose of the scene, recounted in a gloriously gossipy style with a vibrancy that sees it begging to be adapted for the screen.”

Daniel Rachel

Birmingham-born Daniel Rachel is a former musician and award-winning author whose previous works include: Isle of Noises (a Guardian and NME Book of the Year), Walls Come Tumbling Down (winner of the Penderyn Music Book prize), When Ziggy Played the Marquee by Terry O’Neill (editor) and co-writer of Ranking Roger’s autobiography I Just Can’t Stop It: My Life in The Beat.  His third major title, Don’t Look Back in Anger: the rise and fall of Cool Britannia was published in September 2019.

Website: www.danielrachel.com

Twitter: @DanielRachel69

The Nineties:

The epic highs and crashing lows of the UK’s most creative and hedonistic period.

The nineties were the decade when British culture reclaimed its position at the artistic centre of the world.

Saturday 9 Nov  |  2.15pm

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Jo Wood

JO WOOD’s career began as a fashion model in the 1970s. She met Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood at a party in 1977 and fell in love, marrying him in 1985 and remaining together until 2009.

They are still friends.

Stoned:

Unseen photographs & treasures from life with the Rolling Stones.

In this special in conversation, Jo Wood will take us on a journey around some of the 500 never-before-seen photographs, notes, artworks, diary entries and mementoes from life behind the scenes of the Rolling Stones

Friday 8 Nov  |  9.30pm

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Dusty:

The compelling and inspiring story of Dusty Springfield twenty years on.

Dusty Springfield was one of our greatest pop singers. She was a musical pioneer and the very essence of authentic white soul.

Saturday 9 Nov  |  10.15am

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Eddie Piller

Eddie Piller was born into an east end mod family in the mid sixties (his mum ran the Small Faces Fan Club) and a career in music beckoned.

In 1980 he started the legendary fanzine, Extraordinary Sensations and its attendant record label but was soon persuaded to decamp to Stiff Records where he became a label manager and a & r man. Fate leant a hand and when Stiff crashed, Piller moved into management and production – recording the young James Taylor and his Quartet.

After a while the JTQ became the main draw in the burgeoning London jazz scene and Piller teamed up with DJ Gilles Peterson to establish the Acid Jazz label to push the scene into a fresh (and marketable) direction – the Acid House explosion ensured that the fledgling outfit soon swept the world and the acid jazz scene became the most influential youth movement of the 90s.

Success was immediate but Peterson left in 1989 to establish Talking Loud and Eddie Piller concentrated on a new generation of signings: Jamiroquai, the Brand New Heavies, Corduroy, Mother Earth, A Man Called Adam, Terry Callier, Gregory Isaacs all had substantial hits through the decade. In 1993 Piller opened the ground-breaking nightclub, The Blue Note.By the late 90s Piller had moved into broadcasting hosting shows for BBC Radio London, BBC 6music and Q Radio (where he won a British Radio Award).

In 2019 Piller had written 11 documentaries that have been screened on a variety of channels, the most recent being “Our Generation – The Definitive Story of Quadrophenia” screened on Sky Arts to commemorate the film’s 40th anniversary and over seeing Totally Wired Radio – the new radio station out of Acid Jazz Studios.

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