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Fran Landesman

Sue Lawley's castaway is songwriter Fran Landesman.

She has written songs for her friends Barbra Streisand and Bette Davis, and admires Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn. This week, the poet and lyricist Fran Landesman chooses her eight records.

Although now in her 60s, retired to her bed and celibate, she is still writing lyrics and performing her poetry and has just published a new collection of her work. From poor little rich girl to a life of bohemian excess, she looks back at her experiences - free love, free speech and mind-expanding drugs - on Desert Island Discs.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Down by Nicki Leighton Thomas
Book: Rebel Without Applause and Jay Walking by Jay Landesman
Luxury: Cannabis seeds

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 27 Sep 1996 09:05

Music Played

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  • Judy Collins

    Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

    • Amazing Grace.
    • Elektra.
  • Lotte Lenya

    Die Mortiat Von Mackie Messer (Mack The Knife)

    • Lotte Lenya - Kurt Weill - Berlin & America.
    • CBS.
  • Miles Davis

    Concierto De Aranjuez

    • Miles Davis and his Orchestra - Sketches Of Spain.
    • Columbia.
  • Pulp

    Common People

    • The 96 Brit Awards.
    • Columbia.
  • Billie Holiday

    Strange Fruit

    • The Voice Of Jazz.
    • Affinity.
  • Fran Landesman

    White Nightmare

    • The Poetry Olympics - Various Artists.
    • All Round Recordings.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Nicki Leighton Thomas


  • Roberta Flack

    The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men

    • First Take.
    • Atlantic.
  • Book Choice

    • Rebel Without Applause - Jay Landesman, Jay Walking - Jay Landesman

  • Luxury Choice

    • Cannabis seeds


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Fran Landesman


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