Mark Radcliffe: In Search for the Moments that Changed Music


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Music and its power to transform our lives

Broadcaster and writer Mark Radcliffe talks to Edith Bowman about his new book Crossroads: In Search of the Moments that Changed Music, a warm, intimate account of a momentous time in his life, and being at the most famous junction in music history.

Standing at the crossroads - the Mississippi crossroads of Robert Johnson and the devil's infamous meeting - Mark Radcliffe found himself facing his own personal crunch point. Aged sixty, he had just mourned the death of his father, only to be handed a diagnosis of mouth and throat cancer.

He considers the pivotal tracks in music and how the musicians who wrote and performed them - from Woodie Guthrie to Gloria Gaynor, Kurt Cobain to Bob Marley - had also reached a crossroads that led to such epoch-changing music. He takes a personal journey through these touchstone tracks, looking at the story behind the records and his own experiences as he goes in search of these moments.

Mark Radcliffe has been a broadcaster for the BBC for over twenty years, currently appearing as half of the Radcliffe & Maconie show for BBC Radio 6 Music. He has won 6 Gold Sony Awards plus Sony's Music Broadcaster of the Year 2009, and has recorded five albums with two bands. He has published two works of non-fiction, Thank You For the Days: a Boy's Own Adventure in Radio and Beyond (2009) and Reelin' in the Years (2011), and one work of fiction, Northern Sky (2005).#

Edith Bowman has been working in TV and radio for 20 years – from fronting music festival coverage to travelling to Cambodia to make a BBC documentary on endangered Crocodiles. She has broadcast radio shows on BBC Radio 1, 2, 5, 6 & Scotland and also hosted the breakfast show on Virgin Radio. Edith’s book Great British Music Festivals was published in 2015 and she won her first TV commission from Sky Arts to produce the documentary Songs To Have Sex To.  In 2016 Edith launched her own podcast, Soundtracking with Edith Bowman, where she talks to film creatives about their relationship with music.  The Podcast picked up 2 Gold Awards at the 2018 New York Radio Festival a Bronze and Gold Award at the ARIA Awards

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