Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages
Aug 2, 2019
E38: Woodstock '69 + Shirley Collins + Mark Anthony Neal
Play • 1 hr 9 min

Content warning: This episode contains references to sexual violence and domestic abuse.

Following the cancellation of Woodstock 50, regular RBP podcast hosts Mark Pringle & Barney Hoskyns are joined by occasional host Jasper Murison-Bowie to discuss the legacy of those fateful three days in August 1969. RBP's very own power trio considers contemporary reports that paint contrasting pictures: Danny Goldberg's positive story for Billboard, Miller Francis Jr.'s altogether more sanguine account for Atlanta's Great Speckled Bird, highlighting the survivalist nature of attending the festival as a punter.

Featured writer of the week is Duke University professor Mark Anthony Neal, with pieces on "blue-eyed" soul enigma Lewis Taylor, the demise of Vibe magazine, and the remarkable voice of doomed New Jersey soul singer Linda Jones.

Los tres hombres hear a clip from a 1991 audio interview with Shirley Collins, wherein the English folk doyenne discusses her 20-year-old No Roses album. Collins talks about the album's recording process and (most of) the 26 musicians who performed on it.

Mark presents his highlights from the archive, including a report on the controversy that followed Norman Jopling's unfavourable live review of Otis Redding on the 1967 Stax revue; a Roy Carr interview with Tina Turner, and a report on Ecstasy in Holland. Jasper rounds out the selection of archive highlights with a live review of reggae singer Shaggy, aka Mr Boombastic/Mr Lover Lover/Mr Romantic.

Produced by Jasper Murison-Bowie

Pieces discussed: Woodstock (Danny Goldberg report)Woodstock (Miller Francis Jr. report)Woodstock '94Lewis TaylorBarney on Lewis TaylorDemise of VibeLinda JonesShirley Collins audioThe Stax Controversy"Mert" Hunter, The Kid They Killed at AltamontTina TurnerGeneEcstasyMarilyn MansonShaggy

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