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A Conversation With Chris Connelly About The Birthday Poems

Alternative music legend, Chris Connelly joins Life Elsewhere host Norman B for an in-depth conversation about his latest musical project, The Birthday Poems. An album created to celebrate the centenary of Orkney-born poet, George Mackay Brown. For this remarkable enterprise, Chris collaborated with the incomparable, Scottish chanteuse, Monica Queen. Together with a line-up of stellar musicians, they deftly interpret Chris’s music into a fictionalized account of the romance between celebrated Mackay Brown and his muse Stella Cartwright, as well as Stella’s friendship with Edinburgh born poet Stanley Roger Green, spanning three decades (from the mid-1950s until Stella’s tragic and untimely death in 1985). Known as the Muse of Rose Street, Stella had a unique upbringing, which contributed to her love of literature. As a young girl attending Mary Erskine School for Girls in Edinburgh, Stella would ravenously devour literature, art, and music. Her father would often take her to bars, parties, the theatre, and other social and cultural events, where she would meet and charm Scotland’s cultural elite. This album represents a sometimes overlooked but very important part of Scottish culture. Stella and Mackay Brown had an enduring friendship, although not always a joyous one – neither of the pair were particularly happy, and their love of whisky did not help. “While she had relationships with many of the poets who would haunt the bars of Edinburgh’s Rose Street during the ’50s and ‘early ’60s, her love of literature, art and culture was insatiable. She was never given credit or encouraged in her own art and expression. I hope that this album illuminates the beautiful treasure that she was, and how hugely significant she is to Scottish literature of a certain era,” says Connelly. He adds, “As a child and younger man in Edinburgh, I walked the same streets, drank in the same bars, and walked the same hills. I was also lucky enough to be close friends with Stanley Roger Green’s children, who, highly creative in their own ways, greatly informed and inspired my life”.

A follow-up conversation has been scheduled to reach back with Chris Connelly to his early days with Finitribe in his native Edinburgh and on through his many musical projects including Ministry, The Revolting Cocks, Pigface, and more.

The image above of Chris Connelly is from a video for Tae The Poets,  filmed on location at Chicago’s GMan Tavern and created by photographers Derick Smith and Matt Walker.

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Another Conversation With Martin Atkins

Best known for his work in post-punk and industrial groups including Public Image LtdMinistryNine Inch NailsPigface, and Killing Joke, drummer, Martin Atkins has many fascinating stories to tell. In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, Martin shares never before revealed intrigues of his time in and out of Public Image Ltd. He talks of his often uneasy relationship with John Lydon and the mutually volatile association with Keith Levene. With his charming Midlands brogue, Martin Atkins recalls unexpected moments – when backstage at a concert two of his (then) very young sons had giggly-fun pulling back the ears of an atypically docile Mr. Lydon. And, he blames Sir Paul McCartney for Public Image Ltd not being able to play in Japan, (listen for details). The question of age comes up in the conversation,  Martin suggests that to have survived all these years of the non-stop rounds of a rough and tumble life on the road with an often motley cast of characters, is quite possibly a miracle. Martin’s buoyant energy and enthusiasm for life and rock ’n’ roll permeate through the airwaves as you enjoy one of the best raconteurs in the business. 

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“Smell The Road Crew!”

When teaching a class about the music business, Martin Atkins wastes no time in getting down to reality. “I tell them to smell the road crew!” He states earnestly. Martin, an engaging character, whose skillful drumming has resulted in collaboration with PiLMinistryBrian BrainKilling JokePigface and Nine Inch Nails. In the most recent edition of Life Elsewhere, we talk to Martin about the ups and downs for a musician on the road, his passion for teaching, subversive clothes and The Hit That Never Was. 

Plus attorney and critical thinker, Ted Corless joins Norman B to discuss Parody News Vs. Real News. We ask what is “Main stream media?” and “Have cable channels, online magazines and blogs distorted our understanding of news?”

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In Depth & Personal With Martin Atkins & Parody News Vs. Real News With Ted Corless

The next edition of Life Elsewhere features an in depth and personal interview with Martin Atkins, one of rock’s legendary drummers, who also happens to be a really good guy. Martin‘s stellar resume includes PiL, Brian Brain, Ministry, Pigface, Killing Joke and Nine Inch Nails. We talk with Martin about his experiences and collaborations with these legendary bands and how he became an educator on the workings of the music business. He’s an engaging man, you’ll not want to miss his real-life anecdotes. Plus, Martin Atkins selects this week’s Hit That Never Was…can you guess what it will be?

Ted Corless, attorney, critical thinker and media personality will join us to address the question, “How did parody news become real news?” With antagonistic talking heads, split screens, omnipresent news crawls, animated graphics, quick cut-aways and non-stop moving cameras, do we now live in a world where sedate, non-confrontational dialogue has all but vanished?

Life Elsewhere airs live, 9.00am ET Monday, October 14

WMNF 88.5fm

Streaming: wmnf.org

What Is It?

Martin Atkins is one of rock’s legendary drummers, having played with PiL, Brian Brain, Ministry, Pigface, Killing Joke and Nine Inch Nails. On the next edition of Life Elsewhere he talks with Norman B about his life on the road, his passion for music and how he discovered an aptitude for teaching. Plus Norman asks Martin to select his Hit That Never Was. Can you guess what he selects? Find out on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

9.00am Monday 14, October

WMNF 88.5fm

streaming live: wmnf.org

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