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Goldie the Alchemist

Musician and artist Goldie describes his challenging story, from a broken home to commercial success and his subsequent struggle to face up to personal issues and a painful past.

Musician and artist Goldie passionately describes his challenging story, from the roots of a broken home to his commercial success and subsequent struggle to come to terms with personal issues and a painful past.

Featuring contributions from Pete Tong, DJ Fabio, Marc Mac, Nihal Arthanayake and Dr Anamik Saha, the programme explores the real character behind Goldie, who produced Timeless, one of the most iconic British albums of the nineties.

Produced by Paul Thomas

A Three Street Media production for BBC Radio 4.

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30 minutes

Last on

Sat 27 Sep 2014 15:30

Music Played

  • Goldie


  • Miles Davis

    Blue In Green

  • Thomas Newman

    Komodo Dragon

  • The Neil Richardson Orchestra

    Mastermind (Theme From) (Approaching Menace)

  • George Frideric Handel

    Water Music No.2 in D

  • Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Tin Pan Alley

  • Goldie


  • Steve Reich and Musicians

    Electric Counterpoint

  • Supertramp

    Logical Song

  • Thomas Newman

    Any Other Name

  • Terry Callier

    Dancing Girl

  • Soul II Soul

    Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) (feat. Caron Wheeler)

  • Aga Khan


  • Rufige Kru

    Dark Rider

  • Goldie


  • Goldie

    A Sense of Rage

  • Goldie

    Sea of Tears

  • Goldie


  • Goldie

    Temper Temper

  • Brian Eno

    An Ending

  • Pat Metheny

    First Circle

  • Zurich

    A Harsh Truth

  • [re:jazz]

    Inner City Life

Mary Anne Hobbs recommends

Mary Anne Hobbs recommends
"It’s so moving to hear Goldie identify with music as ‘mother’ in his life. Goldie was put into care at the age of three, and in this programme he explains how art and music saved him from the brutality of the system and the alienation he felt as a child. Goldie is candid about the tantrums, the mistakes, the chaos of his life, and he’s generous about those who helped him channel his anger into music that would change the electronic landscape forever."

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