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Paul Weller (the B-Side)

Mastertapes, Series 1 Episode 6 of 14

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 19 November 2012

John Wilson continues with his new series in which he talks to leading performers and songwriters about the album that made them or changed them. Recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC's iconic Maida Vale Studios. Each edition includes two episodes, with John initially quizzing the artist about the album in question in the A-side, and then the audience puts the questions. Both editions feature exclusive live performances.

Programme 3, the B-side. Having discussed the making of "The Gift", the final album from the Jam (in the A-side of the programme, broadcast on Tuesday 13th November and available online), Paul Weller responds to questions from the audience and performs acoustic live versions of some to the tracks from the album which was released 30 years ago.

Complete versions of the songs performed in the programme (and others) can be heard on the 'Mastertapes' pages on the Radio 4 website, where all the programmes of the series can also be downloaded and other musical goodies accessed.

Producers: Paul Kobrak & India Rakusen.

  • The A-Side

    Paul Weller talks to John Wilson and a live audience about the last Jam album, The Gift.

  • Paul Weller's Desert Island Discs

    Paul Weller
    In a rare interview, Paul Weller describes the chronic shyness he had to overcome and how he is still gripped by fear before each performance.


Live tracks

Paul Weller at Maida Vale Studios

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


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