Saturday 8 July 2023

Retrosonic Podcast with Music Photographer Paul Slattery on The Smiths, Joy Division, Thee Headcoats, Penetration, KaS Product and more...

Welcome to this special edition of Retrosonic Podcast where we talk to the legendary music photographer Paul Slattery about some of the recent books and records to use some of his iconic pictures. There's Johnny Marr's new book "Marr's Guitars" and Paul pays tribute to The Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke who sadly passed away recently. There's news of Paul's recent meeting with Mona Soyoc from KaS Product in France and their new compilation album. Penetration and Invisible Girls frontwoman Pauline Murray has included some of Paul's photos in her promisong forthcoming autobiography "Life's A Gamble". Then there's the comprehensive Subhumans book "Silence Is No Reaction" by Ian Glasper. The shortlived but influential band Empire featuring Bob Derwood Andrews and Mark Laff of Generation X used Paul's pics for their "Expensive Sound" album which was a favourite of Johnny Marr and John Squire and was an inspiration on Fugazi and the Washington DC Hardcore scene. Damaged Goods Records will reissue Thee Headcoats' classic album "Heavens To Murgatroyd" with new cover photography by Paul. Then we discuss the upcoming Joy Division walking tour and talk in Stockport which coincodes with Paul's book "Joy Division at Strawberry Studios". Paul also picks his favourite Joy Division track which also happens to feature on the most expensive record in his collection. Then Paul discusses his love of the German Electronic and New Wave 'Neue Deutsche Welle' scene and looks back on a special night in Blois in France with The Flamin' Groovies and local Pub Rock heroes Sharpers. Please kindly support the Bands, Artists and Authors by clicking on the highlighted links or images below to find out further information and details on how to buy the books, records and tickets to events discussed in this episode. Thanks! Listen in below...

Tracklisting and Links

Pauline Murray

1. Penetration "Stone Heroes" 

 2. Penetration "Beat Goes On"

Penetration, Pauline, Robert, Neale, Willesden Cavern, 27 March 1978

 Pauline Murray "Life's a Gamble" (Omnibus Press) 

3. KaS Product "Fever Lust"

Kas Product, Spatsz and Mona Soyoc, 18th Arondissement Paris, France 7 August 1982

4. Sharpers "Nobody Knows"

Sharpers, Joe and Simon at Maison de Begon, Blois, France, 17 June 2015

5. Empire "All These Things"

6. The Smiths "Girl Afraid"

Johnny Marr "Marr's Guitars" (Thames & Hudson) 

Paul Slattery "The Smiths: The Early Years" (Omnibus Press)

7. Joy Division "Dead Souls"

Stockport Music Map Walking Tour & Joy Division Talk with Paul Slattery

Paul Slattery "Joy Division at Strawberry Studios" (Legends Publishing) 

8. Fehlfarben "Gott Sei Dank Nicht In England"

9. Subhumans "Terrorist In Waiting"

Subhumans, Dick, Trotsky, Grant, Bruce, Warminster, 1 May 1982

Ian Glasper "Silence Is No Reaction - 40 Years of Subhumans" (PM Press/Earth Island Books)

10. Thee Headcoats "We're Gone" (Damaged Goods Records)

Look out for Part 2 coming soon where Paul discusses some of the early local gigs he attended in 1960's West London by The Yardbirds, The Others and Stevie Wonder, then he pays tribute to David Crosby of the Byrds and Jeff Beck. He talks about his musical hero Link Wray and how he fianlly got to meet and photograph him and explains about his photographic contributions to the new Grammy winning box-set from The Grateful Dead and plays his favourite Dead track. Please support the Artists, Musicians and Authors featured in his episode and if you like what you hear please click the highlighted links and photos above to find out more information and buy the products. All photos copyright Paul Slattery. Don't miss an episode - you can subscribe to Retrosonic Podcast for free at SoundCloud, Spotify or Apple Podcasts/iTunes.

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