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Reminiscing with Glyn & Mac

Rock ‘n’ roll fans will not want to miss the next edition of Life Elsewhere when Norman B reminisces with two pivotal figures whose legendary careers took off in 1060’s London. One of rock’s most famous engineers and producers, the inimitable, Glyn Johns talks about his just-released autobiography, Sound Man, where he chronicles recording classic hits for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Faces, The Eagles,and Eric Clapton, his dislike of Brian Jones, drugs, and who he would still like to work with.

In the second half of the program, Norman B continues his exclusive interview with Ian McLagan, the legendary keyboard player with the Small Facesand Faces, who went on as a backing player with The Rolling Stones. Mac has also played in the studio and on stage with an extraordinary list of rock and roll luminaries. You’ll hear Mac recall hearing the Stones for the first time, believing he was about to see an American blues band. He talks about his one-time manager the infamous Andrew Loog Oldham, a notable figure who also shows up in  Glyn Johns story. Plus, Norman B asks Ian McLagan to select his Hit That Never Was. See if you can guess what it will be.

Music lovers, cultural aficionados, history buffs and everybody who enjoys engaging interviews with celebrated guests will not want to miss these interviews. Below a preview of Norman B’s conversations with Glyn Johns and Ian McLagan.

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Janis. Betrayal. Superathletes.


“Janis, of course, is one of a kind…there’s a vortex of energy churning inside her. It manifests itself in her laughter, in her sometimes rapid shifts of mood, in the way she breaks into a conversation with a rap that nails the issues and states her position in a flurry of fast sentences. Some of the time she’s like a chain reaction on the verge of going critical. She is quick, smart, and often funny…When she really gets going , she can weave her sentences into a stunning cascade of words that overwhelms anyone who disagrees with her, often winding up with a capper, a knockout blow that’s so neat it delights her as much as her listeners, and she’ll burst into a cackle of laughter at her own achievement.” from On the Road with Janis Joplin by John Byrne Cooke. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, you’ll hear a preview of Norman B’s forthcoming in-depth interview with John Byrne Cooke, who was Joplin‘s road-manager from 1967  until her untimely death.

Clare Price is a former technology reporter, who saw the birth of the commercial Internet firsthand as a research director with a global leader in information technology consulting. With this invaluable background and insight she sets her first novel in 1994, the dawn of the Internet Age. Norman B talks with author about her fast-moving Web of Betrayal and asks, “Is there no hiding in Cyberspace?”

Brimming with cutting-edge science and gripping anecdotes, Faster, Higher, Stronger is a fascinating, exhilarating look at how far we can push the boundaries of our bodies and minds. Norman B talks with the author, Mark McClusky about How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes–and What We Can Learn from Them.

The listener’s photograph accompanying this week’s Hit That Never Wascaused a few raised eyebrows at Life Elsewhere Towers. Listen carefully to hear if Norman B mentions it when he introduces Knees by The UK’s Peter & Kerry from their 2010 release, Clothes, Friends, Photos EP on Tape Club Records.

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Dream Weaver, Haunted America, Santa’s Existence, Marvin & Marley plus Amendment 2 Redux

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Gary Wright best known for his 1976 hit songs Dream Weaver and Love Is Alive and for his role in helping establish the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music has just written a book, aptly titled Dream Weaver with the subtitle, A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison, Norman B explores all of these topics and more in his exclusive interview with Gary Wright.

Halloween may just have passed but here at Life Elsewhere it’s never too late to talk about ghosts and ghouls and haunted houses. So what could be better than to learn from Theresa Argie, the co-author of America’s Most Haunted: The Secrets of Famous Paranormal Places.

Eric Kaplan tells Norman B about an encounter with a neighborhood mother who worried about reindeer-induced questions when their respective children were to go on a field trip to the zoo. This led the comedy writer and co-producer of The Big Bang Theory to tackle a tough question, Does Santa Exist? and write a book with that title.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features a  Marvin Gaye classic, Let’s Get It On remixed and reworked to the rhythm of Bob Marley’s Waiting In Vain.

Plus, Life Elsewhere presents Florida Amendment 2 Redux, with just one day to go before the midterm elections, we invited back to Life Elsewhere, pre-eminent litigation attorney and pro-legalization advocate Ted Corless to explains the legal ramifications of Amendment 2 and Eco Farmer and Expert Horticulturist, Robert Tornello to share his thoughts on the realities of growing cannabis, pesticides and the importance of safety in medicinal cannabis production.

Life Elsewhere airs Monday at 9.00am ET 

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Life Elsewhere Podcast Featuring Allen Salkin & Heather Greene Available Now!

“Top Notch Radio Host! I enjoyed the interview — rare that I’m asked questions which cause me to have to think so much!” Tweeted Allen Salkin after appearing on the latest edition of Life Elsewhere.

Hear Norman B’s in-depth interview with Allen Salkin, author of From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food NetworkAllen reveals the behind-the-scenes history and dishes the dirt on the egos and feuds of the people who made a fledgling upstart into a Cable TV empire. He tells fascinating stories about the network’s most polarizing figures, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Irvine and of course, Paula Deen. “This is a must-read book!” Says Norman B “Listen to the interview and you’ll understand why.”

Another book Norman B recommends is Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life, written by his second guest, Heather Greenea Spirits Sommelier. Heather‘s book is full of facts and details, witty observations, beautiful photographs and intriguing illustrations. She enthusiastically shares her wealth of knowledge  about a subject that’s rife with misinformation, myths and half-truths.

The program would not be complete without the latest Hit That Never Was, this week featuring a very rare Northern Soul favorite with an unusual history. Recorded in 1969, but for over three decades it lay in the archives of record producer and musician Dave Hamilton, one of the unsung heroes of the Detroit soul scene. A box of tape-reels marked simply ”The Possible Little Ann Album” were discovered by two British soul enthusiasts at Hamilton’s home in 1988. Deep Shadows was recorded by Little Ann, who sadly died in 2003, but she did get to hear her efforts get some acclaim, mostly from the British Northern Soul scene.

Next week we’ll have a live studio discussion on Florida Amendment 2Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, an initiative that will appear on the November 4, 2014, ballot in the state of Florida. If enacted this measure would allow for the cultivation, purchase, possession and use of medical cannabis to treat certain medical conditions when recommended by a physician. If you have an opinion on either side of this Amendment 2, we would like to hear from you, send your email comments or questions to Norman B (at) Life Elsewhere (dot) co (thats C O).


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