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After hearing just one song, Norman B was determined to find out more about the singer-songwriter, with a distinctive Irish brogue. “This beautiful song suggests she knows all about love and broken hearts.” He reasoned, after playing Petrol Station for the umpteenth time. Understanding the trials and tribulations of being in love, is one of the first questions Norman B asks the talented Sorcha Richardson in the upcoming interview on Life Elsewhere. The Brooklyn-based, Dublin-born Richardson chats with disarming honesty, touching on her background, writing songs, love affairs and her dad’s passion for Bob Marley and The Doors. Plus Sorcha shares three more examples of her exceptional music. Make sure you do not miss, Sorcha Richardson in an exclusive interview with Norman B on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

The awful, sad news of David Bowie‘s death is still so difficult to comprehend. We have been inundated with requests to make available some of Norman B’s intimate conversations with David. Here then, is a glimpse of their memorable rapport. David speaks openly and eloquently with a gorgeous wit on topics as diverse as having a runny nose to his disgust with racism. Rest in peace, David.

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David Bowie – Rest In Peace

Dateline 2.30am Eastern Standard Time, Monday, January 11, 2016

For some reason, I could not sleep. Got up to get a drink. By habit, checked my emails and Twitter, then FaceBook. David Bowie Dead! Screamed one message. A dear friend in another time zone had sent me a wire feed from the New York Times: David Bowie, the infinitely changeable, fiercely forward-looking songwriter who taught generations of musicians about the power of drama, images and personae, died Sunday, two days after his 69th birthday.” I sat stunned, staring at my computer screen, not moving. I had just completed a birthday tribute to Elvis and David for the latest edition of Life Elsewhere. Part of the tribute was a review of BlackstarDavid Bowie‘s 25th studio album, released officially, just two days ago on his 69th birthday. Chris O’Leary, who wrote, Rebel Rebel the definitive book on Bowie songs (volume one), gave his critical opinion of Blackstar. And, he also answered my question as to the rumors of perhaps David was illIn retrospect, it’s chilling to hear what Chris says. The news is devastating. It’s way too early (literally) to organize my thoughts in making a fitting tribute. Yet, already, social media and news channels are full with remembrances and spontaneous eulogies. Undoubtedly, David Bowie was a true cult hero, a living legend, a hugely influential icon. His passing will take much time to realize and understand. Personally, his death touches me in ways I would rather not go into here, but I can say, I was honored to have met the man and portions of our intimate conversations were recorded for posterity. Rest in peace, David. Much love.

Norman B

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Elvis & David

They were born on the same day, the same month, twelve years apart. It could be just a coincidence that two of the most important cultural figures of the last hundred years share the same birthday, but we like to think it has to be a deliberate plan of the gods. To celebrate the birthday of Elvis and David, we talk with Helen Ma, the President of The International Elvis Presley Fan Club in Hong Kong. Journalist and author, Gillian Gaar will share crucial details from her excellent book, 100 Things Elvis Fans Should Know & Do Before They DieChris O’Leary, who wrote, Rebel Rebel the definitive book on Bowie songs (volume one), will give his critical opinion of Blackstar. Plus, Norman B will share moments from a rare intimate conversation with David Bowie. In the program, you’ll hear mention of “Polari”  and Norman mentions the British actor and comedian Kenneth Williams. To hear “Polari ” as used by Williams, we suggest you visit Round The Horn.

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John Lennon famously said,  “Before Elvis there was nothing.” Lennon was correct, of course, which may have prompted David Bowie to remark, Elvis was a major hero of mine. I was probably stupid enough to believe that having the same birthday as him actually meant something.” It is curious to remember that two of the most important and influential figures in popular culture were both born on January 8th, albeit just twelve years apart. The legend that is Elvis continues with more enthusiasm today than when he died in 1977. Meanwhile, the very much alive Mr. Bowie releases, Blackstarhis 25th studio album on his 69th birthday. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, we pay tribute to ElvisDavid with Helen Ma, the President of The International Elvis Presley Fan Club in Hong Kong. Author, and journalist, Gillian Gaar will talk about her book, 100 Things Elvis Fans Should Know & Do Before They DieChris O’Leary, who wrote, Rebel Rebel the definitive book on Bowie songs (volume one), will give his critical opinion of Blackstar. Plus, Norman B will share moments from a rare intimate conversation with David Bowie. Make sure you do not miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Listen to David Bowie chatting with Norman B here

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The Year At Life Elsewhere

2015 was an eventful year at Life Elsewhere. We covered a vast array of topics and interviewed a stellar line-up of guests. Beginning in January, Norman B proclaimed Unbecoming, the debut novel by Rebecca Scherm, “One of the best books this year!” Sadly, the year had only just got underway, when news arrived of the death of George Romansic, an important figure in the early Seattle music scene. Norman gave a moving tribute. Photojournalist, Lynsey Addario recounted her graphic stories from the front-line inAfghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo in her book, It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War. A fitting subtitle for an investigative book on the “plush toys”, better known as Beanie Babies could be The Dark Side of Cute, bestselling author, Zac Bissonnette gave us the detailsEverything you want to know, everything you didn’t know about David Bowie’s songs, were explained by Chris O’Leary the author of Rebel RebelThat’s Not English said Erin Moore in her book on Britishisms, Americanisms, and What Our English Says About Us. The legendary Wreckless Eric told stories about his early days at Stiff records. Comedy writer Jon Macks reflected on Monologue: What Makes America Laugh Before Bed. Growing up in the delta of Arkansas, Brandon Wallace, knew only two things about himself: he was called to ministry and he was attracted to the same sex. He talked about coming out and his book, Straight-Face The curious case of Sepp Blatter and FIFA was clarified by Eight By Eight creator Robert Priest. Talented Norwegian singer-songwriter Siv Jakobsen entertained with her music and observations. Heavy Metal guitarist, Marty Friedman talked frankly about life after Megadeth. Award-winning wildlife expert, Gareth Patterson spoke lovingly of his work with African lions and the death of Cecil. Frank Jenkinson shared memories of shooting photos of the then-fledgling and later influential British band, Killing Joke. British-American musician Zuzu caught Norman B’s attention, resulting in an engaging interview. And to round out our year at Life Elsewhere, acclaimed caricaturist Steve Brodner gave his definitive appraisals of the GOP Presidential candidates. 

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