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Rock's Backpages
Jun 7, 2019
E30: Dawn James on The Beatles + Roky Erickson R.I.P. + Neil Young audio
Play • 1 hr 6 min

Content warning: This episode contains a description of sexual assault that some listeners may find distressing.

Mark Pringle and Barney Hoskyns are joined by queen of Rave magazine Dawn James to hear about her wild life as a '60s pop feature writer. She remembers her friends the Beatles, reveals the identity of her most difficult interview and astonishes Mark 'n' Barney by confessing her love for ELP. She also talks about her sister Twinkle, whose career as a pop singer-songwriter is celebrated on Twinkle: Girl In A Million, a new compilation on RPM records.

Paying tribute to Roky Erickson of the 13th Floor Elevators, Barney and Mark discuss his huge influence on punk rock and psychedelia. They then move on to a lengthy and fascinating 1985 audio interview with Neil Young, including a clip in which he talks about rock 'n' roll being "a young person's game".

Lastly, Mark presents the highlights from the articles added to the library, including interviews with Nancy Sinatra about being in her father's shadow, James Brown wanting to see the Queen and the President "get down" to soul music, and Flaming Lip Wayne Coyne's desire to struggle with the "insane beast" that is rock music.

To buy Twinkle: Girl In A Million, please visit You can find more information via the Facebook page.

Produced by Jasper Murison-Bowie

Pieces discussed: Who is the Funniest Beatle?Françoise HardyJimi HendrixPsychedelic PunksRoky EricksonLenny Kaye's NuggetsNeil Young audioEric Burdon of the AnimalsNancy SinatraMungo JerryJames BrownThe RunawaysWest Coast PunkJoy DivisionImaginationThe Flaming Lips and Yngwie Malmsteen

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