Music Matters

Music Matters
‘If music be the food of love, play on…’ The relationship between music and human emotions has been explored since at least as long ago as Shakespeare’s time. In this series of events we welcome musicians who have put down their instrument and picked up a pen to record the pleasure and pain of their experiences. Their stories reflect the cultural revolutions that have rocked our worlds. From 60s hip hop and Motown to the punk and metal of the 70s, from the heady days of the 90s indie scene to the dance and grime culture of today, our programme features stories from every generation.

Viv Albertine

A Punk’s Memoir Goes Dark

Saturday 11 August 20:45 - 21:45

Following on from her first fascinating and quick-witted memoir Clothes Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys, post punk legend Viv Albertine brings us a second. With To Throw Away Unopened, she delves deeply into her own...

Vic Galloway

Cod Liver Oil and the Orange Juice

Thursday 16 August 20:45 - 21:45

Rip it Up tells the story of Scottish pop music from the 1950s to now, taking in Lonnie Donegan, Simple Minds, Cocteau Twins and Franz Ferdinand. BBC Radio broadcaster, journalist, author and all-round music devotee (as well as musician) Vic Galloway...

Matthew Herbert

A Musical Album That’s a Novel

Friday 17 August 20:45 - 21:45

Is it possible to imagine what an album would sound like? Award-winning musician Matthew Herbert provides an eloquent answer in his groundbreaking debut novel. In The Music, which he discusses today, Herbert evokes startling, shifting sonic landscapes...

Alexander McCall Smith

An Opera for Humanity

Saturday 18 August 17:00 - 18:00

As well as being a bestselling novelist, Alexander McCall Smith has a passion for music. He set up the No. 1 Ladies’ Opera House in Botswana to give local singers a chance to perform; plus he’s written several operas and song cycles including Silver...

DJ Semtex

That's a Rap

Saturday 18 August 20:45 - 21:45

Arguably the most divisive music genre since punk, hip hop can court controversy and at the same time nurture artists to become legends in the pantheon of modern music. With Hip Hop Raised Me, the host of BBC Radio 1‘s flagship hip hop programme DJ...

DJ Target

It’s Grime Time

Sunday 19 August 21:45 - 22:45

BBC Radio 1’s go-to guy for the latest sounds from the grime scene, DJ Target recalls how it all started in Grime Kids. Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Stormzy and others have brought the genre into the mainstream, hitting the news when the #Grime4Corbyn...

Ed Vulliamy

Can Music Save Lives?

Tuesday 21 August 20:45 - 21:45

As a journalist who’s reported from countless war zones, Ed Vulliamy has spent time listening; not only to people waging war, but also to music. When Words Fail is his account of 16 life-changing gigs, featuring interviews with B B King, Patti Smith...

The Last Poets

The Godfathers of Hip Hop

Thursday 23 August 20:30 - 21:30

Formed in 1960s New York, the era of the Black Panthers, The Last Poets dared people to hope. Their music and poetry has influenced generations of musicians, earning them the title ‘the godfathers of hip-hop’. The poets, Umar Bin Hassan, Abiodun...