Radio legend Paul Gambaccini celebrates 40 years on the British airwaves. He tells us about ‘The Gambaccini Years’, which recently aired on BBC Radio 4. He remembers the joy of recording of The Gambaccini Years, recounts his involvement with the Terrence Higgins Trust and talks about his book Love Letters, which he wrote to change the negative perception of homosexuality many people had. In early October, BBC Radio 2 also marks Paul‘s 40th radio anniversary with special programmes.
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Annie Keating talks to Rosie over the phone from The Half Moon in Putney, where she plays as part of her UK tour to promote her fifth album ‘For Keeps’. Annie has toured the UK before but not as extensively as this time. She has also been a guest on Bob Harris Sunday on BBC Radio 2 on several occasions, which let to a friensdhip with the presenter. ‘For Keeps’ offers a collection of folk rock songs.
Theatre Producer Jeremy Goldstein reviews Christopher Marlowe’s ‘Edward II’. Jeremy was impressed by the play and the language as the pursuit and loss of power, tangled with sex, are just as relevant today as they were over 400 years ago. He had, however, reservations about Joe Hill-Gibbins’ modern staging that included the use of video. ‘Edward II’ runs at the National Theatre until 26th October.
Author Jill Gardiner talks about her book ‘From the Closet to the Screen’. It traces the history of Chelsea’s famous lesbian club The Gateways and features many voices of those who visited the club. The title ‘From the Closet to the Screen’ refers to the fact that in the early days one would only become aware of the club through word of mouth, however, after ‘The Killing of Sister George’ was filmed there in 1968 the situation changed. The club closed in 1985 but Amy Lamé had it resurrected for two nights in June this year with ‘Duckie Goes to the Gateways’. Jill, together with former members of the club, attended the event and after our broadcast had ended Jill added that “they [the members] loved it and spent much of the evening on the dance floor”. The club is also featured in Maureen Chadwick’s play ‘Speed Twins’, which currently playing at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith until 28th September.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:
1) Elton John: ‘Crocodile Rock’ from the album “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player”
2) Annie Keating: ‘Leap of Faith’ from the album “For Keeps”
3) Dusty Springfield: ‘I Only Want to Be with You’ from the album “I Only Want to Be with You”
4) Faye Patton: ‘All Around Town’ from the album “Dangerous Loving”