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Aug 23, 2019
E41: Easy Rider + Arthur Lee with Richard Williams
Play • 1 hr 11 min

In this week's episode, Barney Hoskyns and Jasper Murison-Bowie are joined by Richard Williams to discuss his long and august career in music journalism, from his writing about avant-jazz giant Albert Ayler for his local Nottingham newspaper through his stewardship of Melody Maker to his time as the Guardian's chief sportswriter. 

The three men talk about Ayler and the great Laura Nyro, as well as about Richard's early interview with Bob Marley, at whose UK label (Island) Richard became Head of A&R for over two years. Asked what sort of music excites him these days, Richard (and Jasper) enthuse about the contemporary London jazz scene.

The week's free feature marks the passing of Peter Fonda, with contemporary appraisals of Dennis Hopper's 1969 classic Easy Rider that spark discussion of the film's soundtrack.

We then hear clips from John Tobler's 1980 interview with Arthur Lee, wherein the sometime Love frontman toys with the notion of getting the original band back together and reminisces about meeting Jimi Hendrix for the first time in 1964.

The episode concludes with a brief look at highlights among new articles in the RBP library, including an early Pink Floyd interview, a review of Panjabi MC's The Album and a live review of rapper Dave at Koko. 

Find Richard Williams' blog at

Pieces discussed: Richard Williams interviewed by Simon WarnerAlbert AylerLaura NyroBob MarleyKamasi, Kendrick and coCharlie Gillett on Easy RiderMiller Francis Jr. on Easy RiderRock at the MoviesLove's Arthur Lee audioThe Pink FloydPuff DaddyBoz ScaggsPanjabi MCAkala and Dave @ Koko.

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