Listen again: 17th December 2013

Singer Andrew M Pisanu

Singer and Composer Andrew M Pisanu

Clayton Littlewood talks over the phone to painter Don Barchardy in California about the recent publication of ‘The Animals’. The book is a collection of love letters between Don Bachardy and Christopher Isherwood, his late partner of over 30 years and author of ‘Goodbye to Berlin’ and ‘A Single Man’. Clayton has long been an ardent fan of Christopher Isherwood and speaks to Don about the secret of his remarkable relationship to Christopher. He tells us about gay life in Hollywood in the 1950s and remembers the excitement of painting Marlene Dietrich in the early 1960s. He also reveals what it was like visiting Berlin for the first time last October and seeing the apartment, in which Christopher’s acclaimed novel ‘Goodbye to Berlin’ is set, which provided the basis for the musical ‘Cabaret’. The title of ‘The Animals’ refers to the pet names Don and Christopher used for each other. The letters are published by Chatto and Windus and trace Don and Christopher’s weeks apart from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s.

Singer and composer Andrew M Pisanu offers live music and presents his latest album ‘Collecting Diseases’. It revolves around gay love – touching on the perils of open relationships, rent boys, HIV, affairs with married men. Andrew tells Rosie where the title comes from, how the album and its cover came about and that the inspiration for this album came from Tori Amos’ Gold Dust Tour. When playing live in the studio Andrew is accompanied by Nicholas Warr on clarinet. The album Launch for ‘Collecting Diseases’ is on 16th January 2014 at Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1) Abel Korzeniowski: ‘Stillness of the’ from the soundtrack of ‘A Single Man’

2) Andrew M Pisanu: ‘Disaster’ (live) – on the podcast

3) Andrew M Pisanu: ‘Until the Rain Stops’ from the album “Collecting Diseases” – on the podcast

4) Andrew M Pisanu: ‘John Doe’ (live) – on the podcast

5) Lea DeLaria: ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’ from the album “Be a Santa”

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