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Suzanne Vega (the B-Side)

Mastertapes, Series 1 Episode 4 of 14

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 12 November 2012

John Wilson talks to Suzanne Vega about her career defining album "Solitude Standing".
Programme 2 (B-side).Now it's the turn of the audience to ask Suzanne the questions.

We hear how the sound of Solitude Standing changed toughened from her previous album, as Suzanne decided to bring out the drums and give the sound an edge.

Suzanne describes writing the song "Gypsy" for a boy she met at summer camp and how the two of them got back in touch when he realised the song was about him.

And we hear how Suzanne has written a follow-up song to the album's hit song "Luka".

Producer: Emma Kingsley.

  • The A-Side

    Suzanne Vega talks to John Wilson and a live audience about her album Solitude Standing.

  • More about Suzanne Vega

    Suzanne Vega
    Watch videos and read reviews of Suzanne Vega's recent albums on the BBC's Music pages.


Live tracks

Paul Weller at Maida Vale Studios

Watch and listen to exclusive live performances from the Mastertapes recordings.


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