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Wilko Johnson and Beth Nielsen Chapman talk, and The Coal Porters play live

2 hours, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 28 October 2012

The legendary Wilko Johnson (Dr Feelgood) talks through his new book Looking Back At Me. Sid Griffin's band, The Coal Porters, play live. Beth Neilsen Chapman also pops in to talk about her work with NASA and an astronomer on her new album and educational project The Mighty Sky.

You may remember Billy Bragg, when talking to Johnnie Walker on his Radio 2 show Sounds Of The 70s recently, saying that punk (and the New York CBGB bands in particular) owed far more to Wilko Johnson than the Sex Pistols, because of his amazing stage charisma, performances, guitar riffs and sense of musical urgency.

Wilko will be talking about the Feelgood days on Canvey Islands, early appearances with Bob on the Old Grey Whistle Test, his solo work, early inspirations and collaborations with Ian Dury and The Blockheads. Wilko might even have some good stories about playing an executioner alongside Sean Bean on the world wide TV hit Game Of Thrones.

Music Played

43 items
  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison Moondance

    Moondance, WARNER BROS, N/A-01

  • Image for Crowded House

    Crowded House Four Seasons In One Day

    Woodface, CAPITOL, CDP-7 935559 32

  • Image for Justin Hayward

    Justin Hayward Forever Autumn

    The Very Best Of The Moody Blues, POLYGRAM, 535-800 2

  • Image for Ellen and the Escapades

    Ellen and the Escapades I'll Keep You Warm

    All The Crooked Scenes, Branch Out Records, BOR02CD

  • Image for The Doors

    The Doors Riders On The Storm

    L.A. Woman, ELEKTRA, 7559-75011-2

  • Image for The Ronettes

    The Ronettes Walking In The Rain

    The Best Of The Ronettes, Phil Spector Int, PSCD-1006

  • Image for Sun Kil Moon

    Sun Kil Moon Among the Leaves

    Among the Leaves, Caldo Verde Records, CV018

  • Image for Beth Nielsen Chapman

    Beth Nielsen Chapman The Mighty Sky

    Artist: Rocky Alvey

    The Mighty Sky, BNC Records, BNCCD 004

  • Image for Beth Nielsen Chapman

    Beth Nielsen Chapman Rockin' Little Neutron Star

    The Mighty Sky, BNC Records, BNCCD 004

  • Image for Don Henley

    Don Henley The Last Worthless Evenin

    The End Of The Innocence, GEFFEN, 924217-2

  • Image for PaPas

    PaPas California Dreaming

    The Best of The Mamas and the Papas, MCA, MCBD-19519

  • Image for Beth Orton

    Beth Orton Last Leaves of Autumn

    Sugaring Season, ANTI CD, 87118

  • Image for Ray Charles

    Ray Charles Hit The Road Jack

    The Definitive Ray Charles, WSM/ATLANTIC/RHINO, 8122-73556-2

  • Image for Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

    Johnny Kidd & The Pirates I Can Tell

    British Beat Before The Beatles Vol 7, EMI, 0777-78922629

  • Image for Neil Young

    Neil Young Cinnamon Girl

    Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, REPRISE, 244-073

  • Image for The Coasters

    The Coasters Turtle Dovin'

    The Coasters, Sequel Records, RSA CD-868

  • Image for Nick Drake

    Nick Drake Time Has Told Me

    Heaven In A Wild Flower, ISLAND, MCD-91

  • Image for The Vaughan Brothers

    The Vaughan Brothers Tick Tock

    Family Style, CBS, 4670142

  • Image for Marillion

    Marillion Bob Harris Jingle

  • Image for Jim Croce

    Jim Croce Time In A Bottle

    Photgraphs And Memories, CASTLE, CLACD-119

  • Image for Old Crow Medicine Show

    Old Crow Medicine Show Genevieve

    Carry Me Back, ATO Records, At00156

  • Image for Sam Lee

    Sam Lee The Ballad of George Collins

    Ground of its own, Not Yet Released, N/A

  • Image for Kimmie Rhodes

    Kimmie Rhodes Angel Unawares RECORDING

    Miracles On Christmas Day, Sunbird Records, SBD-0017

  • Coal Porters on Bob Harris

  • Image for Emmylou Harris

    Emmylou Harris Walls Of Time

    At The Ryman, Reprise, 7599-26664-2

  • Image for Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman

    My Hits And Love Songs, EMI, 522302-NA

  • Coal Porters on Bob Harris Part 2

  • Image for The Long Ryders

    The Long Ryders A Stitch In Time

    The Best Of..., PRIMA, SID-016

  • Image for Fairport Convention

    Fairport Convention Who Knows Where The Time Goes

    Unhalfbricking, Hannibal, HNCD-4418

  • Image for The Storys

    The Storys Bob Harris Jingle

    Na : Na 00, NA, NA-00

  • Image for The Kinks

    The Kinks Autumn Almanac

    The Kinks - The Definitive Collecti, Polygram Tv, 516 465-2

  • Image for Steve Forbert

    Steve Forbert Autumn This Year

    Just Like There's Nothin' To It, KOCH, KOC CD-9534

  • Image for Neil Halstead

    Neil Halstead Seasons

    Sleeping On Roads, CAD, CD-2202

  • Image for Keston Cobblers' Club

    Keston Cobblers' Club The Curve

    One For Words, Beatnick Geek, BEGE0020

  • Image for The Incredible String Band

    The Incredible String Band October Song

    Introducing......... The Incredible String Band, Rhino, 8122740862

  • Image for The Byrds

    The Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn!

    Turn! Turn! Turn!, Columbia, 483706 2

  • Image for Benjamin Francis Leftwich

    Benjamin Francis Leftwich Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm

    Last Smoke Before The Snow Storm, Dirty Hit Music, DH00008

  • Image for Coldplay

    Coldplay Death and All His Friends

    Viva La Vida, Parlophone, 509992168-805

  • Image for Jon Lord

    Jon Lord November Calls

    Beyond the Notes, not given, MW0000470155

  • Image for The Avett Brothers

    The Avett Brothers Winter in My Heart

    The Carpenter, American/Island, 3716102

  • Image for Dar Williams

    Dar Williams The End Of The Summer

    End Of The Summer, RAZOR & TIE, RT-2830-2

  • Image for Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin Ramble On

    Led Zeppelin Ii, ATLANTIC, 7567-82633-2

  • The Coal Porters

    The Coal Porters


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