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André Langlois speaks to journalist and former Number 10 communications chief Alastair Campbell and journalist and education campaigner Fiona Millar about life with serious mental health challenges, as documented in Alastair's book, Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression. This episode is an interview from the live online event Ham&High:…
 
Journalist Richard Williams joins us to talk Dylan and to surf “the waves of his career”, from Freewheelin’ (“one revelation after another”) to Murder Most Foul (“I was astonished by it. The level of detail. It’s like a John Coltrane quartet.”). Richard reminds us of “one of the great things I learned from Dylan: if you don’t understand something, …
 
On May 21 we held Ham&High: Our Community’s Mental Health – a day of online events around wellbeing. We’ll be releasing some of the sessions in the coming weeks and we start with a really fun discussion around comedy. Joining Ham&High editor André Langlois were stand-ups Charlie George and Rich Wilson, Tash Alexander from the social enterprise Head…
 
Music and political journalist John Harris joins us just before Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday to celebrate the man with “the wink and the nod and the little impish skip” as well as the man who gives us “the solace of emptiness”. Mr Harris is not afraid to go against the grain: “”Love And Theft” is as good as Highway 61 or Blood On The Tracks”. As for J…
 
Dinner with Dylan On BBC Radio 4, Saturday 22nd May 2021, 3pm "My name’s Jon Canter and I’m a Bobaholic. That means I’m addicted to the songs and mystery of Bob Dylan. But it’s an addiction from which I never want to recover, because it’s sustained and nourished and challenged me for nearly 50 years. There are millions of people like me and this pl…
 
In this episode, Michael Boniface chats with the amazing composer, singer, songwriter and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson. Ayanna lives in Hornsey and this year released an EP, Rise Up, featuring Akala, as a celebration of her Jamaican heritage. She talks about the music she loves, her path to success and the important roles her school and teachers p…
 
Speaking to Sally Patterson for this episode is another of the candidates in May’s election for the Mayor of London. Many listeners will recognise Hampstead's Brian Rose. In his own words, he’s “on the billboards and in the suits”, but he’s also behind the self-proclaimed free speech digital channel London Real, which has come under fire for giving…
 
In this episode André Langlois discusses the musician Prince with rock journalist Barney Hoskyns. April 21 marks five years since the artist’s death at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. Although that city was an integral part of Prince’s identity, he also had an affection for London, visiting often to play shows in both arenas and small club…
 
Nashville musician Charlie McCoy’s Dylan-related achievements include those distinctive guitar licks on Desolation Row, that blues harmonica on Obviously Five Believers (a rare example of another person playing harp on a Dylan session) and the inventive bass lines on John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait. His motto: “Say yes - an…
 
This week we are launching a revamped Ham&High newspaper and, to coincide with that, editor André Langlois here interviews Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq, Labour’s shadow minister for children and early years. They spoke on March 4 about a whole range of subjects, from Tulip's fears for the future of nurseries, to the Royal Free Hospital, an…
 
Musician and writer Michael Simmons has written dozens of Dylan cover pieces for MOJO magazine, as well as incisive liner notes for Another Self Portrait and Bob Dylan 1970. “I remember where I was when Kennedy was assassinated and I remember the exact moment I heard Like A Rolling Stone. It sounded like freedom.” He praises Bob as both “a revoluti…
 
"A Cincinnati jacket and a sad luck dame. Hanging out the window with a bottle full of rain. Clap hands, clap hands." Welcome back Tom Waits fans, we are back with another edition of "Back Down in the Hole"! Today we're gonna be covering what is arguably the most iconic, most famous, and moat recommendable, go-too Tom Waits album of all time. The s…
 
To mark our 50th episode, writer and podcaster Tom Jackson gives us his clear-eyed take on Dylan’s “Born Again” albums: Slow Train Coming, Saved, Shot Of Love and Trouble No More. “Slow Train Coming is not a smooth record, not a pleasant record, but I enjoy the tension.” And the accompanying live performances? “They were church services, really. Bu…
 
"She's my only true love. She's all that I think of. Look here in my wallet, that's her..." Welcome Tom Waits fans, we are back with another edition of "Back Down in the Hole"! Today we will be dipping our toes into unknown, far-off waters of the second phase of Waits' career. He is now at Island Records, and has begun what will be the first instal…
 
"A diller, a dollar. Unbutton your collar. And come out and holler out all of your noise..." Greeting Tom Waits fans, we are back with another edition of "Back Down in the Hole"! Today we are going to be discussing One From Heart. Expect jokes at Crystal Gale's/Francis Ford Coppola's expense herein. Enjoy. Stay safe. Stay strange... If you think 'D…
 
Novelist, former A & R man and screenwriter John Niven begins by summing up Bob’s generally unloved Neighbourhood Bully: “I have a soft spot for Heritage Rock acts trying to do Punk in the late 70’s and early 80’s” before summing up the Dont Look Back days: “When you’re in your 20’s, you’re all about the cruelty”. His response to attending a New Yo…
 
Edward Docx (novelist/screenwriter/journalist) is a hyper-articulate defence witness for some of Bob’s least understood albums: Street-Legal, Infidels, Empire Burlesque and Together Through Life. “There is no uninteresting Dylan album. He opens his veins and says "This is what it’s like for me now."” How passionate is Ed Docx about Bob Dylan? After…
 
This week, on a festive Ham&High Podcast, we have something a bit different. The Royale Dickens Theatre Company launched this month with a production of A Christmas Carol at The Studio Theatre at the School of the Science of Acting, in Holloway Road. Streaming performances of the show are being made available at royaledickens.co.uk Here they presen…
 
André Langlois' guest this week on the Ham&High Podcast is Laura Marks OBE. Laura is the founder of Mitzvah Day, an annual day of community action, and chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. She is also co-founder of Nisa-Nashim, a Jewish and Muslim women’s network, and is on the mayor of London’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Grou…
 
André Langlois' guest this week on the Ham&High Podcast is David Stark. David has released a memoir, It’s All Too Much - Adventures of a Teenage Beatles Fan in the ‘60s & Beyond. In it he tells the tales of remarkable encounters with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, from gate-crashing the Yellow Submarine film premiere …
 
This week André Langlois chats with Tom Molnar, co-founder and CEO of Gail’s Bakery. Since opening its first branch in Hampstead in 2005, Gail’s has expanded and now has around 60 outlets in the London area. We talk about the value of quality bread, the pressure the pandemic has put on food producers and how getting around on a skateboard helps Tom…
 
Academic and author Pamela Thurschwell gives us her conflicted feminist take on Dylan, including his queer lyrical metaphors and what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a Dylan mansplaining session. Her namechecks range from Amy Rigby, Emma Swift and Joan Baez to Joyce Carol Oates, Annie Hall and Jane Eyre. Pam describes Dylan as “the dangerou…
 
This week André Langlois speaks to journalist and documentary maker Andrew Gold. Andrew was a Highgate resident until a few years ago when he upped sticks to Buenos Aires, in Argentina, and began looking into the work of Padre Manuel Acuña - an investigation which led to the BBC documentary Exorcism: The Battle For Young Minds. He also has a podcas…
 
This week André Langlois chats with Rabbi David Mason of Muswell Hill Synagogue. As for all of us, it has been a challenging year for David, helping the community through the pandemic, and we spoke just days after a second national lockdown was announced. We also spoke a week after the release of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report in…
 
Speaking to André Langlois' this week is an acclaimed actor and a Highgate resident. Juliet Stevenson shot to fame with her role in Truly, Madly, Deeply but she has a phenomenal CV, having worked consistently for 40 years. She can currently be seen on the BBC in Sara Pascoe’s comedy Out Of Her Mind. This episode of the podcast was recorded before t…
 
Screenwriter Daragh Carville (ITV’s The Bay) praises Dylan’s “extraordinary ear for spoken language” while reminding us that he “draws on cinema, is fascinated by storytelling but his own films don’t work at all”. All the great story-songs are explored, including Highlands (“I phoned people up, I was so excited!”), Dignity (“it never resolves but a…
 
The Ham&High Podcast is back after a Covid-enforced break and, this week, speaking to André Langlois is comedian and author Arabella Weir. Arabella is known for shows including The Fast Show, Posh Nosh and Two Doors Down, and for books including the international bestseller Does My Bum Look Big In This. We discuss life in Camden and Crouch End, bui…
 
Sitting on the porch of his Long Island lockdown hideaway, serenaded by a local bird, Loudon Wainwright III reminds us that he was proclaimed “the first of the new Bob Dylans”. It helped me get a record deal but then it got to be a pain in the ass”. He still has a “reservoir of respect, admiration and awe” for the man and his work. “I dream about D…
 
Singer/songwriter/podcaster/painter Dan Bern admits: “It was not lost on me, being an isolated Jewish kid in Iowa, that Bob had come from just up the road in Minnesota.” When he first heard Dylan at age 15 (“everything he was saying had a bit of a sneer to it. It was a portal for me”), he traded in his cello for a guitar and started writing songs. …
 
Each week the Ham & High Podcast interviews a different guest about their life and career. This week editor André Langlois talks to the radio presenter, producer and writer Matt Everitt about the rise and fall of Britpop, the 25th anniversary of the Blur v Oasis chart battle and having a front seat for it all as a member of the band Menswear.…
 
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