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Is That Machine On?

4 Extra Debut. Stuart Maconie celebrates the flirtatiously unhinged golden age of rock press music interviews. With Caitlin Moran. From 2018.

Stuart Maconie celebrates the golden age of the music press interview.

In the heyday of the printed music media between the mid-sixties and the early noughties, the music interview was many things - combative, intimate, confessional, unhinged, flirtatious, sometimes violent - but it was rarely dull. Still, it seems that long-gilded age of rock journalism is now over.

The days of extraordinary access, when a reporter might spend a week with a band on its tour bus or private plane, hanging out in their dressing rooms and hotel suites, are at an end. The music papers are gone. Earlier this year NME - the last inky survivor - went online only.

Stuart Maconie looks back at the lost world - those revealing encounters between journalist and musician. The programme features classic recorded archive interviews with Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Bob Marley and Michael Jackson - as well as contributions from journalists Caitlin Moran, Barney Hoskyns, Allan Jones, Dawn Slough and others.

Presenter: Stuart Maconie
Producer: Jonathan Mayo
A TBI production

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2018.

58 minutes

On radio

Tue 29 Jun 2021 11:00


  • Sat 26 May 2018 20:00
  • Fri 9 Aug 2019 21:00
  • Tue 29 Jun 2021 11:00
  • Tue 29 Jun 2021 21:00