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Wilko Johnson (the B-side)

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 06 November 2013

John Wilson returns with a new series of Mastertapes, 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, and then, in the B-side, the audience puts the questions. Both editions feature exclusive live performances.

Programme 1, the B-side. Having discussed the making of "Down By The Jetty", the debut album from Dr. Feelgood (in the A-side of the programme, broadcast on Monday 27th May and available online), Wilko Johnson responds to questions from the audience and performs live versions of some of the songs discussed.

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 this and previous series can also be downloaded and other musical goodies accessed.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.


Series 3 of Mastertapes

Series 3 of Mastertapes on Radio 4

Robbie Williams talks to John Wilson about his debut solo album, Life Thru A Lens.

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Paul Weller at Maida Vale Studios

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

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