This Saturday morning (August 17th) at 8.30, hear the the fifth and final part of one of the great stories of pop music in "I'm Coming To Take You To Lunch", the best selling memoir by music manager Simon Napier-Bell. British duo WHAM! were among the biggest British pop music sensations of the 80s, and to get them fame and fortune in America it was decided they should be the first western band to play in China. This week we reach April 1985, and show day looms. World famous documentary maker Lindsay Anderson is on site with his crew to make a film for CBS records (and is generally being a total nightmare), Simon has lost count of how many people he's had to “pay off” to keep things going, and George and Andrew would rather be...somewhere else.
The final bit you know though, as by midnight on April the 7th Simon had pulled off what he's called the coup of his management career.
Read by Barry O'Rorke.
Produced by Phil Whelan and Simon Napier-Bell
This Sunday morning at 8.30, journalism lecturer and broadcaster Robin Ewing will take you back in time to meet some of the great women instrumentalists who made, played and changed jazz. Along the way, and over the next four weeks, you’ll hear a little blues, country, and rock-n-roll too in...Real Gone Gals
Produced by Phil Whelan
This coming Saturday afternoon at 12.05, join us for Good Ol' Country with Michael Lance. Apart from being one quarter of the amazing Metro Vocal Group, he's lived and breathed country music since he was small. Michael was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and raised on beef, corn, and potatoes. At a young age, he travelled North America with his family's Country and Western band, and developed a love for those great story driven songs, sung by some of the greatest story tellers of all time. Stand up, find a partner, and dance the two-step to some....Good Ol' Country. (Saturdays, 12.05pm-1pm, Facebook: @nebraskamike)
On Friday's Backchat, Hugh Chiverton, Danny Gittings and guests are talking about the latest developments in the current wave of civil unrest. Major incidents in the past week have involved further clashes between protesters in different parts of the territory, the firing of tear gas inside Kwai Fong MTR Station, and a demonstration at the airport lasting several days and descending into violence, with some protesters detaining and assaulting two mainlanders, including a journalist from the Global Times, and preventing travellers from leaving. What effect is all of this having on Hong Kong's image? How may it have changed public attitudes towards the protest movement? What about the role of the Chief Executive? And what about reports of mainland paramilitary police massing in Shenzhen? Let us know your thoughts. Leave a message here, or email us email@example.com, or call us on 23388266.
Sunday Escape: Paul Haswell is joined by Paul Thompson of ska band The Red Stripes to talk about this year’s Hong Kong International Reggae Ska Festival, which takes place on Saturday 24th August at Southorn Stadium. The event features Keith and Tex from Jamaica, Roddy Radiation of The Specials, The Ska Flames from Japan and Skaraoke from Taiwan, among many others. Paul T will talk about the new venue and bringing over such legendary performers. Of course he'll also be picking a load of reggae and ska tunes. Inevitably Paul H will tell his awful Bob Marley biscuit joke again.
There’s also all the best of this week’s new music, with long awaited albums from Sleater Kinney, Frank Turner, Shura and Ride, one of which may well be album of the week, plus new tracks from Belle and Sebastian, Anna of the North, Charli XCX and Death Cab For Cutie amongst others, plus a few things which may have slipped under your radar.
On top of all that there’s all the usual nonsense you’ve come to expect, plus biscuits! Tune in from 9.30am to 1pm.
Radio 3 is a huge supporter of Hong Kong's literary scene, and that most definitely includes emerging talent of all ages. To that end, as well as our yearly Hong Kong’s Top Story Competition, which last year attracted nearly four hundred entries, we’re excited to tell you a little more about our inaugural Hong Kong English Poetry Competition. Earlier this year The 123 Show’s Noreen Mir, who interviews many talented writers attending the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, had the idea for a new platform for local poets. All the entries were received by the end of June, and we’re now in the judging period. The winners will be announced in August. We very much look forward to letting you hear the inspired work of Hong Kong’s new generation of poets, here on Radio 3. Stay tuned.
Radio 3 brings you a fantastic Saturday evening musical experience with the specialists! After the news at 6 join Mengzy. Shes a musician, a club DJ, and is currently studying for a PhD in electronic music. Through interviews with renowned producers and performers, interspersed with some great mixing, she takes you on a wonderful musical journey in The Breakdown. Stay with us after 7 as Simon Willson takes you back...way back, with two hours of the greats in Soul Sensations. And, after 9 Todd Harding is still rocking, but this time right into to the “Me” Decade, in Strictly Seventies.
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