Blog posts by year and month March 2012

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  1. In 1977 John Cale, who celebrates his 70th birthday on Friday 9 March, produced the first EP by a London new wave/pop group called Squeeze. Packet Of Three was well received and they went on to record their first album the next year with Cale. John Cale with Squeeze. Photo: Jill Furmanovsky...

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  2. In 1999 the cream of Welsh musical talent gathered in Cardiff to work with John Cale on a performance film called Beautiful Mistake, directed by Marc Evans. One of the acts working with Cale was Catatonia. We caught up with Catatonia guitarist Owen Powell to talk about his experiences of work...

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  3. As we celebrate the 70th birthday of John Cale, here's a piece of video from the BBC archive. Miranda Sawyer interviewed Cale for The Culture Show in 2009. The in-depth discussion took in his life in America, his relationship with his Velvet Underground bandmates and his ambitions. Watch t...

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  4. In 2005 BBC Wales Music contributor Louis Pattison talked to John Cale about Iggy Pop, tonality and that chicken. Here we republish that in-depth interview. John Cale playing at Glastonbury You've been touring the new album, BlackAcetate. How's it been? We didn't get further than B...

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  5. In February 2010 BBC 6 Music talked to John Cale about performing his classic 1972 album Paris 1919. Here are excerpts from that interview, in which he discusses both the record, his former bandmates and the notion of the 'album'. This was the last record you wrote before you left LA to retur...

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  6. As we celebrate the 70th birthday of John Cale, here's a piece of superb radio from the BBC archive. Listen here to Cale's appearance on Desert Island Discs from 22 February 2004. His choices included songs from Bob Dylan, his former band The Velvet Underground, Brian Wilson, The Beatles, Elbow, Leonard Cohen, John Tavener and Peter Gabriel. Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any other BBC blog, you will need to sign in to your BBC iD account. If you don't have a BBC iD account, you can register here - it'll allow you to contribute to a range of BBC sites and services using a single login. Need some assistance? Read about BBC iD, or get some help with registering.

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  7. John Cale turns 70 on Friday 9 March. As part of our celebrations we're raiding the BBC archives for some great material from his career. Here's clip of Cale talking in 2003 about songwriting for BBC Four Sessions . Feel free to comment! If you want to have your say, on this or any o...

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  8. Derek Brockway is away at the moment so here's the latest weather update from Behnaz Akhgar: BBC Wales weather presenter, Behnaz Akhgar I don't know about you but this weather is certainly confusing. One minute it's cold and frosty and the next, above average temperatures. I've re...

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  9. A new exhibition at the National Wool Museum called Strikes and Riots, offers an in-depth look into troubled times throughout Wales' industrial history. The free exhibition, which runs from Tuesday 6 March until 29 June, highlights five strikes and riots relating to work and employment in Wal...

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  10. Welsh actor Philip Madoc, famous for stage and screen roles including The Life and Times of David Lloyd George, has died aged 77 after a short illness. The Merthyr Tydfil-born actor starred in many hit television dramas such as Doctor Who and A Mind To Kill, as well as one of most famous ep...

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