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« : 03.11.15 at 08:25 »
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Mon 9 Nov 2015 16:00  
 
BBC Radio 4

 
Pete & Clive  

 
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« Reply #1: 03.11.15 at 10:25 »
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From Pete's recent newsletter
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BBC Radio 4 will be broadcasting the feature about Clive and me and our nearly-fifty-year song-writing collaboration on Monday 9th November 2015 at 1600GMT. It has been produced by Hayley Redmond for Sue Clark Productions and features (so I understand) contributions from various fans and followers. ……………..

 
Those of you may be wondering why the name Hayley Redmond is familiar should read on....
 
on 10.12.07 at 14:08, Pete Atkin wrote:
We are and will be doing our best, believe me.  (And I do appreciate hugely your belief in what we've produced that makes you want to see it succeed.)   The redoubtable Hayley Redmond will swing into intensive action as soon as we fix the official release date (currently itself dependent on fixing one or two key gigs) and attempt to get as much airplay as possible and as many reviews as possible in as many media as possible.  Having learned from The Lakeside Sessions that doing nothing does nothing and that, mightily valuable as they are, the purchasing Midnight Voices themselves aren't as yet numerous enough to make a difference, I sent out a hundred or more promotional copies of Winter Spring myself with absolutely no effect whatsoever.  It's so easy now to make well-recorded 'professional-looking' CDs, and so many people are spraying them around hopefully, that without back-up PR effort they just get chucked in the bin by producers and editors without a second look.  So I learned from that that it's going to take more time, effort, and knowledge than I have myself if we're to get anywhere.  Hence Hayley.   Stay tuned for news.


 
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« Reply #2: 03.11.15 at 19:40 »
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Radio Times
7-13 November 2015
 

 
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An exploration of the songwriting partnership of Pete Atkin and Clive James, with contributions by Stephen Fry, Bruce Beresford, Daniel Finkelstein*, Simon Wallace and Russell Davies.

Producer Haley Redmond
 

 
*Daniel Finkelstein
 
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« Reply #3: 05.11.15 at 15:04 »
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on 03.11.15 at 08:25, Kevin Cryan wrote:

 
Mon 9 Nov 2015 16:00  
 
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Pete & Clive  

 
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So when is Pete going to get a slot on Jools Holland ?
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« Reply #4: 10.11.15 at 20:44 »
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Good interview on the BBC iPlayer at present, not sure for how long.
 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06nnnlc
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« Reply #5: 14.11.15 at 13:54 »
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A great listen - I really enjoyed the programme (no surprise I guess) and began at last to take the full and proper recognition of Pete and Clive's work for granted for oh well the full half hour! Smiley
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« Reply #6: 15.11.15 at 20:06 »
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Very moving. Not to be missed!
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Overdue recognition - repeat Broadcast
« Reply #7: 31.01.16 at 19:22 »
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Still available via the BBC's iPlayer, this programme now gets its second broadcast airing:
 
Next Sunday, February 7th at 13:30 on BBC Radio 4.
 
Pete & Clive
 


"Writing song lyrics is my favourite form of writing anything. But I've never managed to become famous for it" declares Clive.
 
Pete and Clive's songs are reminiscent of The Great American Songbook. Although Pete is well known for performing the songs, they were also writing songs for other people to sing in a similar tradition to Tin Pan Alley.
 
In the 1970s, their musical partnership was described as "one of the best song-writing partnerships alive", alongside Elton John, Joni Mitchell and The Beatles. At this time, Pete Atkin was the most booked artist on The John Peel Show for two years running. The songs gained most recognition in the 1970s thanks to DJ Kenny Everett and recordings by singers Julie Covington and Val Doonican.
 
In this programme, we hear revealing and personal reminiscences from Pete and Clive today as they discuss how it all began, the differences between writing poetry and song, and their thoughts on the future of their songs. Friends and colleagues contribute a personal insight into this unique pairing, considered to be masters of their craft by Stephen Fry, Bruce Beresford, Daniel Finkelstein, Simon Wallace and Russell Davies.
 
Why is this the missing part in Clive James' career despite it being the one thing he wants to be most remembered for?
 
Producer: Hayley Redmond
A Sue Clark production for BBC Radio 4.
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« Reply #8: 22.10.16 at 18:13 »
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on 03.11.15 at 19:40, Kevin Cryan wrote:
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7-13 November 2015
 

 
*Daniel Finkelstein
 
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October 22 2016, 12:01am, the times
 

Little-known lyrics that make me wax lyrical by *Daniel Finkelstein
 
Available to registered users
 
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« Reply #9: 23.10.16 at 11:23 »
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For those not registered ...
 
Daniel Finkelstein
October 22 2016, 12:01am, The Times
Little-known lyrics that make me wax lyrical
 
Daniel Finkelstein
 
One of my secret passions is the music of Pete Atkin and Clive James. It is secret not because I have kept it so. It’s just that not many people have taken any interest in it.
 
Among the most-played albums in my collection are Pete’s work of the early 1970s, with Clive’s lyrics as brilliant as anything he has written. His words sparkle and each song tells a story. About the My Lai massacre, say (“And all the dead were strangers”), or falling in love with a beautiful girl on a train (“And so my heart mended and broke in the course of an hour”).
 
This week there is a new book, Loose Canon by Ian Shircore, that celebrates their songs. Shircore’s book publishes some of Clive’s best lyrics and it’s good to see them written down.
 
I’m not very good at making out words, having for years thought that in Bohemian Rhapsody Queen sang “spare him his life from these warm sausages” rather than monstrosity. I learnt from the Atkin and James book that the protagonist in one of my favourite pieces, loved “a chick” rather than loving chicken.
 
I once wrote a Times leader in which I contrived to sneak in a reference to Atkin and James. I was very proud of this piece of fandom but I heard afterwards that Clive thought it utterly ridiculous. So I say it nervously, but with feeling — you’ve got to listen to their music if you can.
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« Reply #10: 15.11.16 at 10:34 »
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Danny would have heard Pete at University College School - Pete played there several times, so I would hope that there were many devotees from that most wonderful school theatre!
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