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First broadcast:
Friday 24 August 2012

The New Elizabethans: Goldie.

James Naughtie considers the contribution of musician, artist, actor and DJ Goldie to the rise of dance music and club culture over the past 25 years. Goldie began as a graffiti artist but was interested in the breakbeat scene. After visiting America in the late 80's he turned his attention to music - particular jungle and drum & bass. He is well known for his innovations in these genres and indeed his debut album "Timeless" in 1995 is acknowledged as a classic. Goldie continues to DJ all over the world.

The New Elizabethans have been chosen by a panel of leading historians, chaired by Lord (Tony) Hall, Chief Executive of London's Royal Opera House. The panellists were Dominic Sandbrook, Bamber Gascoigne, Sally Alexander, Jonathan Agar, Maria Misra and Sir Max Hastings.

They were asked to choose: "Men and women whose actions during the reign of Elizabeth II have had a significant impact on lives in these islands and/or given the age its character, for better or worse.".


    On early art work Front Row, Radio 4 08/04/2009
    On art of composing “
    Sine Tempere BBC Proms 2009, Prom 23 02/08/2009
    Drum’n’Bass saved me Maestro, BBC 1, 12/08/2008

  • Music used in the programme

    All tracks by Goldie unless indicated

    Digital : vocals by KRS-One; from album Saturnz Return
    Sea of Tears: by Goldie/Rob Playford; from Timeless Album Sampler
    Inner City Life: by Goldie/Rob Playford/ Diane Charlemagne ; from album Ambient Moods
    Sine Tempera: performed by BBC Concert Orchestra & London Philharmonic Choir
    Freedom: vocals by Natalie Duncan; single



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    The New Elizabethans

    To mark Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, James Naughtie introduces the 60 new Elizabethans who…

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