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Jack Nitzche, a “pleat-faced” guitarist and the time Sly Stone got married onstage

Ep. 524

Dipping our shrimping nets this week into the ever-bountiful rock and roll rock pool we find …


… Dylan, Madonna, Pharrell Williams, Michael Jackson, Nick Cave and Keith Richards – which one didn’t write a children’s book?


… S Club 7, Miles Davis’s sessionmen and others apparently ripped off by the heartless, skinflint music industry.


… the unsung story of Jack Nitzsche, “the man with the golden touch”, his part in the Stones’ baroque period and the recordings he made in Barking Town Hall and St Giles Cripplegate.


… when Sly Stone got married onstage and the couple who got hitched at a Taylor Swift show.


… a “short-fingered vulgarian” and a “beaky, crow-coiffed, pleat-faced” guitarist.


… the Gershwin score to Woody Allen’s Manhattan.


… how two thirds of NBA players are bankrupt in 10 years.


... Jimmy Page’s Shirley Bassey session. 


… Rlchard Branson picking up women.


… how Jay Craydon’s still living off a Steely Dan guitar solo.


… can any musician hope to make it if they start aged 37?


… and somewhat irritatingly Jamie Oliver attaches himself to the celebrity children’s author gravy train.


Plus birthday guests Stephen Lambe –“that adolescent moment when pop music stops being just a nice noise and becomes Something Important: discuss”. And Chuck Loncon recommends Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs’ Under The Covers compilations and the Stay Awake album of songs from Disney films.

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