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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Lisa Robinson

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 10:40am

In this episode, Martin talks to legendary music journalist Lisa Robinson about her new book There Goes Gravity: A Life in Music.

Robinson has interviewed the biggest names in music - including John Lennon, US, Patti Smith, the Rolling Stones, Eminenm & Michael Jackson - and is rightfully considered as rock journalism's ultimate insider. In There Goes Gravity she shares tons of informative and fascinating insights about her time spent on the road during her astounding career. She is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where she has produced music issues and written numerous artist profiles over the past fourteen years.

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Dave Itzkoff

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:00am

In this episode, Martin talks to New York Time culture reporter Dave Itzkoff about his new book Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies. "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it any more!" Those words, spoken by the unhinged television anchorman named Howared Beale, the 'mad prophet of the airwaves,' took America by storm in 1976, when Network because a sensation. With a superb cast (William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and Robert Duvall) directed by Sidney Lumet, the film won four Academy Awards and indelibly shaped how we think about corporate and media power.

Itzkoff's fascinating book recounts the incredible story of how Network made it to the screen, and gives us an in-depth view of the man responsible for the film, the uncompromising screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky.

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Robert Gordon

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 3:25pm

Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin talks to author Robert Gordon about his new book Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion. Not to be confused with the rockabilly singer-songwriter of the same name, Gordon has been writing about Memphis music and history for over three decades and is also the author of Can't Be Satisfied, King of the Road, and The Elvis Treasures. Respect Yourself tells the tale of the legendary Stax Records label in Memphis, where Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MG's, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett and many others recorded their greatest songs. A history which unfolds like a Greek tragedy, Stax went from the highest highs in the music industry to a tragic demise. You may already know the story of Motown, but you also need to know the story of Stax!

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Joe Henry

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 11:40am

In this episode, Martin talks to University of Michigan graduate Joe Henry, the accomplished singer-songwriter and music producer, about his new book Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him. Written by Joe and his brother David, the book is a highly personal exploration into the life and times of the legendary comedian, a man who set the stage for the likes of Eddie Murphy, Louis C.K. and Chris Rock. Joe Henry also talks about plans for his next solo album, due out later in 2014, and shares his thoughts about the current state of the music industry.

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Vivek Tiwary

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 10:51am

In this episode, Martin talks to Broadway theater producer Vivek Tiwary about his latest project, a graphic novel entitled The Fifth Beatle, which recently reached the #1 spot on the New York Times best-sellers list. The Fifth Beatle tells the story of Brian Epstein, the Liverpool record shop owner who discovered and then managed the Beatles from 1961 until his untimely death in 1967. Tiwary will also write and produce a feature film based on his book, due out in 2015.

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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Interview with Ray Davies

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 3:11pm

In this first podcast of a new series, Martin Bandyke Under Covers, Martin interviews Ray Davies, the legendary vocalist of British Invasion rock band the Kinks. Ray talks in detail about his insightful, witty and candid new memoir Americana, which details the good, bad and tumultuous times he has spent in the USA over the last six decades. After the Kinks were banned from playing in the U.S. for several years in the mid-60s due to assorted misdeeds, they roared back in the 70s & 80s and gained enormous acclaim here, selling millions of records and filling concert arenas from L.A. to Detroit to New York. After the Kinks disbanded in the 1990s, Davies embarked on a successful solo career and continues to record and tour. As Davies tells Martin in the beginning of the podcast, he was inspired to write Americana after a life-changing 2004 shooting incident in New Orleans.