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Episode 110 : Jaan Uhelszki onstage with KISS + Buena Vista Social Club + Lindsey Buckingham

20 September 2021

In this episode, Mark Pringle, Martin Colyer and Jasper Murison-Bowie discuss the writing of Creem legend Jaan Uhelszki, the featured writer on the week's homepage. Her open letter to Smokey Robinson, interview with Suzi Quatro, appraisal of proto-punk band Death and onstage escapades with KIϟϟ provide the trio with an opportunity to enthuse about her marvellously stylish prose. 

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Buena Vista Social Club, the power trio consider the unusual circumstances that led Ry Cooder and son Joachim to record with a group of veteran Cuban musicians. Mark and Martin confess their initial scepticism about the project, but admit that it (and various offshoots featuring Rubén González and Manuel Galbán) won them over, while Jasper contemplates its enduring appeal and timeless nature.

The trio then listen to clips from the week's audio interview, which features Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham in conversation with Bud Scoppa in 2011, talking about Tusk, Rumours and his own solo output before Mark and Jasper pick out their highlights from their additions to the library. Mark's selections include a reader's letter to Robert Shelton on the standoff between folk and folk rock in 1966 and a live review of Burt Bacharach at San Francisco's Cow Palace in 1971... plus a review of Paul Butterfield's Better Days that makes Mark and Martin wax lyrical about guitarist Amos Garrett. Jasper spotlights a scathing review of the Killers' Sam's Town, a rather more positive review of Blood Orange's Negro Swan, and a report on German pyrotechnics-enthusiasts Rammstein.

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