This Fiery Bird Show features TWO special guests but both tied together with an East End theme.
My first guest is Linda Lewis, born and bred in East London she was launched into a music career proper after growing up in music in 1967 encouraged by John Lee Hooker, sharing management with the Small Faces in Don Arden and over the years has such a diverse career that landmarks our loves of music and the path it took in the modern music history of the UK – opening the first Glastonbury Festival, working with David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Roger Waters, Cat Stevens, in bands as solo and writing collaborations with artists like Basement Jaxx. Had a really lovely time talking to Linda who is warm, funny and has just released her five CD box set Funky Bubbles, celebrating her 50 years in music.
Having always had an East End/Woking connection and so am delighted this show covers all of that, music and writing as well as one of my favourite bands. Paolo Hewitt born and bred in Woking needs no introduction as a writer in music circles, and in more recent years documenting his years growing up here in care in his poignant and sometimes painful memoirs always related with compassion.
Paolo joins me on the phone in the second hour, as the release of his latest book – a collaboration with John Hellier about the life of Ronnie Lane is released – Can You Show Me A Dream? It’s no secret the Fiery Bird Show is particularly enamoured with The Small Faces so to hear about this new oral history that has been compiled and added to that by a Woking bred author is even better