Miranda July, The Fall's Greatest Album? Gemma Bodinetz
Award-winning film-maker, artist, and writer Miranda July is known for making art out of the everyday and overlooked aspects of life. It was her 2005 film, You, Me and Everything We Know, that brought her to public attention. As a monograph dedicated to her work is published, she joins Front Row to discuss a protean career which has seen her push at the boundaries of making art.
In 1982 post-punk group, The Fall, led by charismatic frontman Mark E. Smith, released their fourth album Hex Enduction Hour. At the time the group were struggling for attention and success outside their small but devoted following that included Radio 1 DJ John Peel who regularly championed their music. Hex Enduction Hour changed all that and five decades on is still regarded as a masterpiece. Former Fall drummer, Paul Hanley has written a new book, Have A Bleedin Guess, about the making of the album and is joined by music critic Kate Mossman to discuss the album's significance.
For a new occasional series Front Row is commissioning audio diaries from Britain’s cultural leaders about the work they're doing to continue to connect with their audiences and to ensure their institutions will be able to open again once this crisis ends. First up is Gemma Bodinetz, Artistic Director of the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse theatres.
English folk group, The Unthanks, released a new album, Diversions Vol 5: Live and Unaccompanied, just before the lockdown. The album marked a return to the unaccompanied vocal harmonising that made the group’s name. They were supposed to be on tour, instead they’ve launched a new series of daily performances - At Home With The Unthanks - on their Facebook page. Singer Becky Unthank gives a live performance from her home in Tynedale Valley, Northumberland.
Presenter: Katie Popperwell
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