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...
Tuesday 14 August 18:30 - 19:30
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...
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...
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...
Writing with an Iron Fist
Saturday 18 August 20:30 - 21:30
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...
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...
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 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...