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Episode: Tony Visconti Interview/Conversation: Connections on WPKN

 

Dec 18, 2015 live interview of Tony Visconti by Eric Cocks on Connections on WPKN:   
 
Tony is a wonderful producer, arranger, engineer, musician and vocalist… well known for producing David Bowie, T-Rex, Iggy Pop, The Moody Blues, Kristeen Young, Thin Lizzy, Alejandro Escovedo, Richard Barone, Esperanzo Spalding and many more. 
 
In a very informal interview/conversation, we talk about his upcoming tour with Holy Holy (featuring drummer Woody Woodmansey). They'll be performing the entire David Bowie album, The Man Who Sold The World (which Tony produced and played bass on with Woody on drums), along with Bowie classics in the second half. 
 
We also talk about his deep friendship with David Bowie and Marc Bolan of T-Rex, the importance of a producer in recording music and how that applies to Tony's viewpoint in a time of modern technology, and much more. Plenty of good laughs, great stories, insights and observations along the way. 
 
The interview is followed by Bowie's Black Country Rock (with his great impersonation of his friend Marc Bolan) and a Kristeen Young duet with David Bowie. The instrumental version of The Man Who Sold The World at the start of the interview is by The Section Quartet. 
 
The entire episode of Connections, including very rare Bob Dylan alternate takes, works in progress and live hotel room recording from The Cutting Edge, with new music from Roxanne Fontana, Anna Rose, Gary Calamar, Hillary Bratton and Et Tu Brucé, plus Bowie's new single Lazarus (co-produced by Tony) can be heard at: 
 
 
Great thanks to Tony for wonderful story telling, great humor and amazing music from the 1960's to today! 
 
Thanks for tuning in!
 
 
 
 
Previous episodes of Connections are available in the WPKN archives, including interviews with Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, Grammy Award winning singer and author Janis Ian and more. Also special features on Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Harry Nilsson, The Beach Boys, Bob Marley and the British Invasion.
 
Here are some direct links: 
 
 
Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge 1965-1966 and more (Nov 4, 2015)
(The first hour and a half explores previously unreleased songs and outtakes): 
 
 

 
 
 
Connections with Eric Cocks (New and vintage music, plus rare demos by Alan Menken, Nov 20, 2015): 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connections: The Beatles and Dylan in Mono on Vinyl and more… 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connections: Dylan's Basement Tapes and other stuff… 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 15, 2015 Bob Dylan Special with Chris Frantz: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Roz Chast: Guest DJ and Interview with New Yorker cartoonist and bestselling author: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos: Interview/Conversation
 
 
 
 
 
 
Janis Ian Interview: 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connections: Beatles, Dylan, Nilsson, Kinks, Elvis, Beach Boys and new music (August 2015): 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connections with Eric Cocks: Odds and Ends, New and Vintage… 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connections at Night (including music and comedy geared for late night listening): 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bob Dylan Special with Chris Frantz and Jeff Slate (May 2014): 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connections: Music of the Heart (Sep 2015): 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For more info, updates and occasional videos, please check the FaceBook page: Connections on WPKN

 

 

Show: Connections... with Eric Cocks

Connections... with Eric Cocks

Explores the connections between songs, songwriters, musicians, producers and people... often in surprising ways.

Vital, intelligent music with true artistic vision. Or just because it sounds good...

Includes extended features on specific artists such as Bob Dylan, The Kinks, The Beatles and far more. Also comedy by Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Eddie Izzard, Paul Krassner and others with a rock and roll renegade attitude. In depth explorations of early electronic music (and how it relates to current music). Vital new music that deserves to be heard. Surf music. Garage bands. British invasion. Rock and Roll. John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Jimi Hendrix, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, The Blues Magoos, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Dr Fiorella Terenzi, Beethoven, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Alex Chilton, Nilsson, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, Tame Impala, Grimes, The Pretenders, Blondie, Caitlin Rose, Juana Molina, Mojo Mancini, Elliott Randall, Marshall Chapman, Jessy Lanza, Big Star, demos, rarities, unreleased new music and far more may be part of any given show. Also live interviews of performers, writers, producers, engineers, session musicians and people behind the scenes. Plus unexpected surprises...

Previous in depth interviews include Sam Phillips, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, author/comedian Paul Krassner, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Neil Innes of The Rutles, Tommy James, legendary session musician Carol Kaye, Warren Zanes, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Rod Argent of The Zombies, Oscar Winning Composer Alan Menken, Patty Larkin and more. All are available in archives for about 385 days. (Maybe that'll get extended some day.) Stay tuned for future interviews and special features.

The show will keep changing over time.

Tune in every 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon of each month at the new  time of  4 to 7 pm eastern. Also special editions at other times. Available live over the air at 89.5, online at http://wpkn.org, tunein radio or listen later in the WPKN archives.

For further info, updates, news, videos and special features, please check the FaceBook site: Connections on WPKN

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