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Radio 4 on Music

From Armstrong to Zappa - music documentaries from the Radio 4 archive bringing you a brand new episode each week.

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  • The Voices of Robert Wyatt

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Robert Wyatt is one of English music's most singular and best loved talents, from his work with Soft Machine to a string of solo records and collaborations with such diverse talents as Scritti Politti, Bjork, Hot Chip and Brian Eno. To this day he probably remains the only card carrying member of the communist party to have a top 30 hit. In this programme Wyatt talks openly and freely about his childhood, his musical roots, his politics, his alcoholism and the accident which left him paralysed from the waist down in 1973.

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  • Jay Z: From Brooklyn to the Boardroom

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Jay-Z speaks to financial expert Alvin Hall in this documentary from 2007, which looks at the business career of the hip hop entrepreneur. In a revealing interview Jay-Z reveals how he went about business early in his career, selling CDs from the boot of his car, to heading up a business empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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  • Beat Mining With the Vinyl Hoover

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

    Duration:
    57 mins

    Broadcaster Toby Amies digs into the archives to discover the value and significance of old vinyl, which as he finds out, can be a hazardous process. He talks to hip hop pioneer Steinski and Mark The 45 King, whose talent for finding the perfet beat or hook from some old forgotten piece of vinyl has made been employed by Jay Z among others. This programme contains language which may offend.

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  • Kate Bush on Front Row

    Wed, 27 Aug 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    In 1978 Kate Bush had become a household name with the release of her first album 'The Kick Inside', and its lead single, Wuthering Heights. She was 19 years old. Though the album's follow up 'Lionheart' followed quickly, the gaps between Kate Bush releases gradually lengthened as she took more time to experiment with her song-writing, the recording studio and new technology. Bush achieved considerable chart success with albums like Never For Ever, Hounds of Love and The Sensual World, becoming one of the most inventive and idiosyncratic musicians in the mainstream. But by 2005, it had been 12 years since the release of a Kate Bush album. Bush had been rarely seen in public in that time, devoting herself to raising her son. But rumours of new recordings had been circulating for some time. In this rare interview with Front Row from 2005, she talks about why the album took quite so long to appear, and tells some of the stories behind each song.

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  • Conjuring Halie

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Cerys Matthews celebrates the life of Mahalia Jackson, who became the first gospel singer to sell a million records. A key figure in the emerging civil rights movement, Jackson was a close friend of Martin Luther King, accompanying him and singing on the famous march to Washington. Tom Jones shares his love for Jackson's music and we hear recollections from fellow singer Vermettya Royster among others, plus archive interviews.

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  • Fela Kuti Comes Home

    Wed, 13 Aug 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    The Nigerian musician Fela Kuti invented a whole new musical genre in the shame of Afrobeat. But his stridently political lyrics pointing out government corruption and army brutality made him a thorn in the side of successive regimes till his death in 1997. This programme follows the opening of the musical 'Fela!' in Lagos in 2011 and finds that even today Kuti's legacy is a source of controversy. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of the Radio 4 Music Archive.

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  • Front Row - Neil Young

    Wed, 6 Aug 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    In a rare interview, Neil Young talks to John Wilson about his album 'Americana' and his long, somewhat unpredictable career. He talks about his politics, the current state of the protest song and the joys of playing with his longterm sparring partners Crazy Horse.

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  • Youssou at 50 - Africa's Greatest Star

    Wed, 30 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In this programme from 2009, Robin Denselow travels to Dakar to talk to Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour about his life and work, in a celebration of the singers 50th birthday. They discuss the rhythmic foundation of mbalax, the style of dance music N'Dour created with his band Etoile de Dakar and the singers interest in politics and media, while admirers including Peter Gabriel analyse his extraordinary vocal ability.

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  • My Wizard

    Wed, 23 Jul 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    John Aizlewood examines the oft derided genre of Progressive Rock, a catch all term for a variety of bands from Pink Floyd to Yes to Hawkwind to Jethro Tull. He talks to Floyd's David Gilmour, Rick Wakeman of Yes and Keith Emerson, and ponders the subtle difference between 'Prog' and 'Progressive', before asking the difficult question - was any of it any good?

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  • Billy Preston: That's The Way God Planned It

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Rick Wakeman tells the story of Billy Preston, a bona fide child prodigy who began his career accompanying Nat King Cole at the age of 11 and went on to become a semi-permanent fixture with The Rolling Stones and most famously, The Beatles. We hear about Preston's highly individual keyboard skills from some famous fans including Bill Wyman and Pete Townshend and discover the secret that plagued his life till his untimely death in 2006.

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  • R.E.S.P.E.C.T - The Art of Backing Vocals

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Broadcaster and musician Nick Barraclough pays tribute to the oft neglected job of the backing vocalist. Tracing the evolution of vocal harmony, Barraclough draws a straight line from Tudor song through to fifties doo-wop with the help of arrangers, musicologists and the singers themselves. From The Shangri-Las to Steely Dan to Gladys Knight and The Pips, you'll never listen to the oohs,aahs and shooby doos in quite the same way after hearing this.

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  • Ziggy Stardust Came from Isleworth

    Wed, 2 Jul 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Martin Day tells the story of Vince Taylor, one of the many Elvis Presley soundalikes making a living on the Soho coffee bar scene in the late 1950s. Taylor claimed to be an American but was actually born in Twickenham. Though he achieved some fame in France, an encounter with LSD led to a spectacular fall from grace in the mid 1960s, and Taylor ended up living on the streets in London. It was there that he met David Bowie and unwittingly provided some of the inspiration for Bowie's Ziggy Stardust character. This programme pieces together Taylor's tragic story with the help of his old bandmates and archive interviews.

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  • The Dream Time of Jazz

    Wed, 25 Jun 14

    Duration:
    59 mins

    In 1938, pianist and jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton was running a bar in New York, unable to get anyone to play his music and having failed to make much money out of his compositions. It was there that broadcaster Alistair Cooke came across him and persuaded folklorist Alan Lomax to record Morton at the piano, singing and reminiscing about his days in New Orleans. The resulting tapes form the basis for this programme. Historian Marybeth Hamilton examines the recordings, which lay untouched for years because of their explicitly violent and misogynistic content, but nevertheless paint a vivid portrait of the early days of jazz. The programme contains some strong language which may offend.

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  • Follow-Up Albums: Dexys Midnight Runners: Don't Stand Me Down

    Wed, 18 Jun 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    This programme tells the story of Dexys Midnight Runners' attempt to follow up their globally successful second album 'Too-Rye-Ay'. It's a tale of political awakening, record company pressure versus artistic freedom, and disintegrating personal relationships. Though reappraised as a classic, at the time of its release 'Don't Stand Me Down' was regarded as a critical and commercial failure. Pete Paphides talks to Dexys frontman Kevin Rowland about the making of the record in a rare and revealing interview.

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  • Between Rock And A Good Cause

    Wed, 11 Jun 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Bill Graham's story was a remarkable one. Escaping Nazi Germany as a child, he made it to the US and carved out a career as one of the first big rock music promoters on the West Coast in the boom years of the late 1960s. A colourful character, Graham was not averse to fistfights with recalcitrant band managers, but also organised tours for Amnesty International and was responsible for the U.S. portion of Live Aid. John Wilson tells his remarkable story with the help of Harvey Goldmsith, Ron Wood, Bob Geldof and others.

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  • When the Levee Breaks

    Wed, 4 Jun 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    This programme tells the murky story of Memphis Minnie, a larger than life singer and guitarist whose 1929 song 'When The Levee Breaks' (famously covered by Led Zeppelin) told the story of the Mississipi floods of 1927. Mark Lamarr traces Minnie's colourful life and musical career, which reflected the change in the blues as it transformed from an acoustic, countrified music to a harder, electrified, urban sound in its new home, Chicago.

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  • The Song Doctor

    Wed, 28 May 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Stephen Evans tells the story of the unlikely collaboration between country music legend Johnny Cash and producer Rick Rubin which began in the early 1990s. At the time Rubin was best known for his work with Run DMC and the Beastie Boys, while Cash's recording career was faltering. Together the duo made a series of albums known as 'The American Recordings' which rank amongst Cash's best (and certainly most personal) work.

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  • Southern Journeys

    Wed, 21 May 14

    Duration:
    59 mins

    It's not an exaggeration to say that without the work of Alan Lomax, American music might have sounded very different. Lomax's field recordings of the music of the poor and disposessed, made in fields, churches and prisons, made a big impression on the likes of Bob Dylan and paved the way for the 1960s Blues revival. In this programme British folk singer Shirley Collins (who was both Lomax's lover and assistant) tells the story of his trips to the Southern States and in particular one made in 1959. where the pair discovered the great bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell. This programme contains language which may offend.

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  • Swansong - The Smiths' Strangeways, Here We Come

    Wed, 14 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Guitarist Johnny Marr had left The Smiths before their final album had made it to the shops. The end of the band came as a massive blow to their fans, but they went out on a high, with both Marr and singer Morrissey claiming that 'Strangeways Here We Come' was the band's crowning achievement. Stuart Maconie presents this look at the making of the album and the bitter and protracted end of one of the UK's most popular and original bands, with contributions from producer Stephen Street, Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce, plus archive interviews with Morrissey.

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  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow?

    Wed, 7 May 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    In this BBC Radio 4 programme, Tracey McLeod rewinds over half a century to the golden age of the Girl Group. The songs of groups like the Chantels and Shirelles were songs sung by girls for girls. These groups, formed at the dawning of the pop music industry, paved the way for the likes of The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Crystals, The Shangri-Las, and eventually The Supremes. We hear recollections from those involved as well as observations from writer Charlotte Greig and producer Pete Waterman.

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  • This Are 2 Tone

    Wed, 30 Apr 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    In this programme Phill Jupitus makes a pilgrimage to Coventry, the home of the 2 Tone label. Founded in 1979 by the Specials' keyboard player Jerry Dammers, the label became home to a pool of young musicians raised on a mix of soul, reggae, ska and punk. Alongside the Specials were bands like The Beat, The Selecter and Madness. Phill talks to Jerry Dammers and some of the other stars of the label about 2 Tone's importance as a musical and sociological phenomenon.

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  • Fender Heaven

    Wed, 23 Apr 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the appearance of the Fender Stratocaster, the electric guitar favoured by players from Hank Marvin to Jimi Hendrix. In this programme David Stafford examines the appeal of this iconic instrument and talks to some of its fans, including Johnny Marr, David Gilmour and of course, Hank Marvin.

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  • Sampledelica - The History of the Mellotron

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Originally designed as a sophisticated and highly expensive successor to the home organ, the Mellotron became a must have for any prog rock band worth their salt and provided some of the most distinctive sounds in 60s and 70s rock (think of the opening bars of 'Strawberry Fields Forever'). Mark Radcliffe tells the story of this cumbersome but much loved instrument with the help of those that used and abused it. Part of Radio 4 on Music, bringing you the best of the Radio 4 Music Archive.

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  • Great Lives - Ian Curtis [fixed]

    Wed, 9 Apr 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Poet Simon Armitage chooses Joy Division's Ian Curtis as his Great Life and explains why to Matthew Parris. Also on hand to share his recollections is Curtis's bandmate Peter Hook, who talks frankly about his friend's suicide in 1980. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of the Radio 4 Music Archive.

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  • Follow Up Albums - Suede: Dog Man Star

    Wed, 2 Apr 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Pete Paphides tells the story of Suede's difficult second album. Having had a Mercury Prize for their first, the band (led by guitarist Bernard Butler and vocalist Brett Anderson) were under considerable pressure to deliver. The recording was a difficult process, marked by increasing tensions, hedonism and eventually a breakdown in relations which led to Butler's departure before the album was finished. Butler, Anderson and producer Ed Buller talk frankly about the experience, reflecting on what many now see as the band's finest achievement.

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  • Kaleidoscope Special - Scott Walker

    Wed, 26 Mar 14

    Duration:
    26 mins

    In 1995 Scott Walker was about to break a silence of nearly 11 years with the release of his album 'Tilt'. In this edition of Kaleidoscope from that year, the reclusive singer and songwriter talks to Stuart Maconie about the album and his approach to making records in a revealing and rare interview. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of the Radio 4 Music Archive.

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  • Star Spangled Hendrix

    Wed, 19 Mar 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Though Jimi Hendrix's apocalyptic deconstruction of the American national anthem at the Woodstock Festival is seen as one of the high points of 1960s counterculture, little is known about the guitarist's political views. Tom Robinson investigates Hendrix's attitude to the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War with the help of experts and those who knew him. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of the Radio 4 music Archive.

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  • Joan Armatrading's Favourite Guitarists - Bert Jansch

    Wed, 12 Mar 14

    Duration:
    16 mins

    Joan Armatrading talks to the hugely influential Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch about his unique approach to the acoustic guitar in this programme from 2009.

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  • Sculptress of Sound: The Lost Works of Delia Derbyshire

    Wed, 5 Mar 14

    Duration:
    43 mins

    Delia Derbyshire was one of the most important figures in British electronic music. As a member of the BBC's legendary Radiophonic Workshop, she was responsible for the unearhtly electronic realisation of the original theme for Dr Who, made in 1963. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. In this edition of Archive on 4, Matthew Sweet explores her work and airs some rare and previously unheard items from Derbyshire's vast personal archive. It's a portrait of a singular and relatively unsung talent, whose work still sounds ahead of its time over half a century later.

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  • The View from the Back - Charlie Watts

    Wed, 26 Feb 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    In this edition of Kaleidoscope originally broadcast in 1994, Charlie Watts talks to Robert Sandall about his love of jazz, some of his formative musical experiences and why the drums 'frighten the life out of him'. Part of Radio 4 On Music

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  • How Folk Songs Should Be Sung

    Wed, 19 Feb 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Put together in the mid 1960s by singer and songwriters Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, The Crtics Group attempted to define a set of rules for best practice in folk music performance, but in the early 1970s fell apart acrimoniously, mainly due to what some saw as MacColl's domineering attitude. With the help of recollections from former members and archive recordings taken at the Group's meetings, English folk legend tells this fascinating story.

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  • When Cassius Met The Beatles

    Wed, 12 Feb 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    The story of an unlikely meeting of two 20th century icons which happened in February 1964. The Beatles, on their first visit to the U.S. are set up for a photoshoot with boxer Cassius Clay (later to become Muhammad Ali), then about take on Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight title and considered very much the underdog. A few weeks later, both the band and Clay are global celebrities. John Wilson speaks to those who were there, with contributions from Paul McCartney. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of the Radio 4 Music Archive.

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  • Black Is A Country

    Wed, 5 Feb 14

    Duration:
    57 mins

    Singer/songwriter Erykah Badu tells how the Black Power movement changed American music forever in the 1960s. From free jazz to the first stirrings of hip hop, this is a story of when the new music met the new politics. Amiri Baraka, Archie Shepp and the Last Poets' Abiodun Oyewole offer reflections on a turbulent time in American history. Contains repeated use of language which may offend.

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  • Leonard Cohen on Kaleidoscope – Towers of Song

    Wed, 29 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Songwriter Leonard Cohen reflects on the art of songwriting with the help of collaborator Jennifer Warnes and long time fan Suzanne Vega in this Kaleidoscope special. Cohen tells the stories behind some of his most famous songs and recalls an eventful session with a gun obsessed Phil Spector. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's Music Archive.

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  • Kraftwerk – We Are The Robots

    Wed, 22 Jan 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Marc Riley presents the story of Kraftwerk, arguably one of the most influential bands of the 20th century and certainly one of the most enigmatic. Former Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür and fans including including Gary Numan, John Foxx, The Smiths’ Johnny Marr and writer Paul Morley offer their impressions of the band without whom modern music would sound very different. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • Archive Hour - Like Blackpool Went Through Rock

    Wed, 15 Jan 14

    Duration:
    58 mins

    Sean Street recalls the Radio Ballads, a series which heralded a completely new form of radio programme in the late 1950s. Mixing original voices and sounds with specially composed music, producer Charles Parker and folk singers Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger eloquently documented the lives of people who, up to that point, had rarely been heard on the BBC. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • Dread, Beat An' Blood

    Wed, 8 Jan 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Benjam Zephaniah tells the story of poet Linton Kwesi Johnson's 1978 debut album, Dread Beat an' Blood. Using his trademark spoken word style set to Dennis Bovell's inventive brand of roots reggae, the record voiced the frustration of a generation and invented the new genre of dub poetry. Contains language that some may find offensive.

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  • Kaleidoscope - Steve Reich

    Wed, 1 Jan 14

    Duration:
    30 mins

    However you pronounce his name, there's no doubt that Steve Reich is one of the most influential and commercially successful composers of recent years. Musicians like David Bowie, Brian Eno and a whole slew of electronic dance music producers claim him as an influence. This 1997 programme catches the composer in conversation with the late Lynne Walker, discussing the roots and the development of his distinctive compositional style. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • Follow-Up Albums, Fleetwood Mac - Tusk

    Wed, 25 Dec 13

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Fleetwood Mac's album 'Rumours' was one of the biggest selling of all time. The band's follow-up, 'Tusk', cost over a million dollars to make and was a relative flop. Made at a time of deteriorating personal relationships within the band and increasingly hedonistic behaviour, it was a relatively experimental record, showing the influence of the British New Wave. Pete Paphides tells the story of the making of 'Tusk' with the help of its chief architect, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, singer Stevie Nicks producer Ken Caillat.Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • Nick Drake -Unsung

    Wed, 18 Dec 13

    Duration:
    30 mins

    In this special edition of Kaleidoscope from 1997, John Wilson explores the life, death and most importantly the music of English singer songwriter Nick Drake with the help of those who knew him, including his producer Joe Boyd, friend and arranger Robert Kirby and Nick's sister, actress Gabrielle Drake. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • Nusrat Was My Elvis

    Wed, 11 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Jeff Buckley was just one of the Western musicians to fall under the powerful spell of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - a Pakistani singer of Qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music whose origins can be traced back to the 8th century. In this programme Navid Akhtar explores the Nusrat phenomenon with the help of Nitin Sawhney, Peter Gabriel and Massive Attack’s Robert del Naja. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • Blowing in the Wind - Dylan's Spiritual Journey

    Wed, 4 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    From his early Judaism to his flirtations with Old Testament imagery, before becoming a Born again Christian in the late 70s, Bob Dylan has had an erratic relationship with religion. In this programme Emma Freud enlists the help of Dylanologists including Clinton Heylin and The Bishop of Bradford to shed some light on Dylan's elusive and often contradictory attitude to religion and spirituality. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • Great Lives – Nina Simone

    Wed, 27 Nov 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Despite being denied a chance to study to become a concert pianist, Nina Simone went on to create an influential mix of jazz, R&B, gospel and soul that in the mid 1960s became very much associated with the civil rights movement. Concert pianist Joanna MacGregor nominates Simone for Great Life status and plays some of her favourite moments from Simone’s recordings, while BBC journalist and Simone fan Mark Coles recalls the difficult job of interviewing the famously irascible High Priestess of Soul in her later years. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • The Armstrong Tapes

    Wed, 20 Nov 13

    Duration:
    59 mins

    Legendary trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong was a great lover of his portable tape recorder, making hundreds of tapes capturing conversations and his own reminiscences from the early days of jazz. In this BBC Radio 4 programme, jazz historian and presenter Helen Mayhew stitches together some of these recordings into a revealing portrait of one of the most important jazz musicians of the 20th century. This programme contains adult themes and language that some may find offensive. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • The Story of Township Music

    Wed, 13 Nov 13

    Duration:
    58 mins

    In this 2005 edition of BBC Radio 4’s Archive Hour, Journalist Ofeibea Quist-Arcton explores how South African ‘pop’ music came into being. It’s the story of a music often struggling to exist in oppressive, uncertain and violent times. She meets musicians who were there at the start, including Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, and also wonders if the music of a united South Africa has the same edge as that made under apartheid. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • Good Vibrations - The Story of The Theremin

    Wed, 6 Nov 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Bill Bailey tells the story of the electronic instrument known as the Theremin. It's a slightly fantastic tale, involving a cast of characters that includes Lenin, Stalin, the FBI, the KGB, Alfred Hitchcock and The Beach Boys. Contributors include Leon Theremin's biographer Albert Glinsky, Alison Goldfrapp and film expert Mark Kermode. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • Lou Reed - Meetings with Remarkable Men

    Wed, 30 Oct 13

    Duration:
    16 mins

    This edition of Radio 4 on Music focuses on Velvet Underground leader, solo artist and famously grumpy interviewee, Lou Reed. The programme you’re about to hear is taken from a BBC Radio 4 series called Meetings With Remarkable Men which aired in 2000. It features interviewer Mark Coles gearing up for a meeting with Reed by talking to some of his collaborators - including former Velvet Underground members John Cale and Maureen “Moe” Tucker - with observations also from David Bowie. Coles recounts Reed’s famous disdain for journalists and interviews in general before he’s summoned in for his allotted slot with the man himself. Does our man from the BBC escape unscathed? We’ll find out in the next 15 minutes.

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  • Freak Out – The Frank Zappa Story

    Wed, 23 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Germaine Greer charts the career of composer, guitarist, satirist and political activist Frank Zappa, who she befriended in 1973 when they met in a California hotel in intriguing circumstances. The programme features archive interviews with Zappa himself, as well as contributions from his wife Gail, son Dweezil and fellow musicians including guitarist Steve Vai. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • For One Night Only - The Who, Live At Leeds

    Wed, 16 Oct 13

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Paul Gambaccini tells the story of The Who's 'Live At Leeds', an album that regularly tops critics' and fans' polls as one of, if not the, best live albums of all time. He talks to those who were there at the time, onstage, backstage, and in one case, on the roof of the refectory at Leeds University. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • Swansong: Synchronicity by The Police

    Wed, 9 Oct 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    The story of Synchronicity, the final album by The Police. Stuart Maconie presents recollections from members of the band, their producer and manager on the difficult birth of what would be the band's most successful album. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • Punk Heaven For Little Girls

    Wed, 2 Oct 13

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Siouxsie Sioux, Poly Styrene, Chrissie Hynde and others tell the story of how (for a little while at least) the phenomenon of Punk Rock that allowed women the chance to experiment with music, image and sexuality. Robert Sandall presents, and the programme explores adult themes. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • The Twilight World of Syd Barrett

    Wed, 25 Sep 13

    Duration:
    30 mins

    Pink Floyd guitarist, singer and chief songwriter Syd Barrett had spent over three decades as a virtual recluse before his death in 2006. Hailed as one of the brightest stars of a very English psychedelic movement, Barrett's use of hallucinogenic drugs had led to increasing mental instability and his eventual dismissal from the band. Without him, they would go on to be one of the most successful acts of all time. John Harris tells Barrett's story with the help of his former bandmates. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • Lennon: The Wenner Tapes

    Wed, 18 Sep 13

    Duration:
    43 mins

    It's 1970 and John Lennon is about to release his first solo album. He’s not long emerged from months of Primal Therapy with its creator, Arthur Janov and he’s about to give his first major interview with Rolling Stone magazine. In it, he’ll talk openly about his solo career, the break-up of the world’s most famous band, his marriage and a lot more besides... There is frequent use of strong language. Part of Radio 4 on Music, re-releasing the best of Radio 4's music back catalogue.

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  • John Wilson introduces Radio 4 on Music

    Thu, 12 Sep 13

    Duration:
    1 min

    A series of music documentaries from the Radio 4 archive, featuring John Lennon, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan and many more. As presenter John Wilson explains "I don't think people realise what a wealth of music related programmes there are on Radio 4. If there's one thing we like almost as much as listening to music, it's talking about it."

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  • Welcome

    Mon, 9 Sep 13

    Duration:
    1 min

    Welcome to a new programme from Radio 4- Radio 4 on Music

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