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Paul Weller

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 16 December 2007

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the musician Paul Weller. As the lead singer of The Jam, the founder of The Style Council and a hugely successful solo artist, he is one of the most revered music writers and performers of the past 30 years and is cited as an influence by countless other singers.

In a rare interview, he describes the chronic shyness he had to overcome; how he is still gripped by fear before each performance and how, after he had been dumped by his record label, he was unable to write songs and found that even picking up a guitar felt alien to him. His father has been a constant support to him - as his mentor as well as his manager - and has always believed that his son had something special.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Tin Soldier by The Small Faces
Book: Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
Luxury: A settee to sit on.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Small Faces

    Small Faces Tin Soldier

    1967 The Soundtrack, Castle Music

  • Image for Dinah Washington

    Dinah Washington September in the Rain

    The Best of Dinah Washington: Mad About the Boy, Mercury

  • Image for Charles Mingus

    Charles Mingus Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul

    Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus Impulse, MCA

  • Image for James Brown

    James Brown Don't Be A Dropout

    Don’t Be a Drop Out/Tell Me That You Love Me, PYE

  • Image for Claude Debussy

    Claude Debussy Arabesque No. 1

    Soloist: Branford Marsalis Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra

    Romances for Saxophone: Branford Marsalis, CBS

  • Image for Declan O'Rourke

    Declan O'Rourke Galileo (Someone Like You)

    Since Kyabram, V2 Music

  • Image for Nick Drake

    Nick Drake River Man

    Five Leaves Left, Island

  • Image for Roscoe Robinson

    Roscoe Robinson That's Enough

    That’s Enough/One More Time, Wand

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Paul Weller

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