The Earl Grey Whistle Test

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01The Earl Grey Whistle Test: The Indivisible Men20160627

This week's series of Essays, The Earl Grey Whistle Test, begins with David Hepworth and Mark Ellen reflecting on their nearly 40-year partnership. On the legendary BBC music show The Old Grey Whistle Test and on numerous magazines from Smash Hits to Q to The Word they've worked so closely together that they often get mistaken for each other. In this first programme they discuss other double acts and analyse their own creative and personal relationship in The Indivisible Men.

02The Earl Grey Whistle Test: Dancing About Architecture20160628

Programme 2 in The Earl Grey Whistle Test, a series of Essays by David Hepworth and Mark Ellen, considers the tricky business of describing music in print. From Philip Larkin and Jack Kerouac, through Nick Kent and Charles Shaar Murray, many great writers have tried. More recently, reviewers describe the looks or the social lives of musicians because their readers can stream or download the music before they can write about it. Magazine editor and broadcaster Mark Ellen reflects on the art and craft of music criticism in Dancing About Architecture.

03The Earl Grey Whistle Test: The Writer's Wardrobe20160629

In a week of Essays, David Hepworth and Mark Ellen reflect on their nearly 40-year partnership as music journalists and TV presenters and what they've learned along the way. On the legendary BBC music show The Old Grey Whistle Test and on numerous magazines from Smash Hits in the 1980s to Q to The Word Hepworth and Ellen worked so closely together that they still get mistaken for each other.

Today, The Writer's Wardrobe - David Hepworth on the dress code for the creative homeworker.

04The Earl Grey Whistle Test: It's All About The Drummer, Stupid20160630

In a week of Essays, David Hepworth and Mark Ellen reflect on their nearly 40-year partnership as music journalists and TV presenters and what they've learned along the way. On the legendary BBC music show The Old Grey Whistle Test and on numerous magazines from Smash Hits in the 1980s to Q to The Word Hepworth and Ellen worked so closely together that they still get mistaken for each other.

Today - David Hepworth on the only member of bands who matters: It's all about the Drummer, Stupid!

05The Earl Grey Whistle Test: Hope I Die Before I Get Old20160701

In a week of Essays, David Hepworth and Mark Ellen reflect on their nearly 40-year partnership as music journalists and TV presenters and what they've learned along the way. On the legendary BBC music show The Old Grey Whistle Test and on numerous magazines from Smash Hits in the 1980s to Q to The Word Hepworth and Ellen worked so closely together that they still get mistaken for each other.

Today - David Hepworth on what keeps rock stars going - like McCartney, Dylan, the Rolling Stones. Whereas all their peers who got proper jobs were chucked on the scrapheap years ago, they can still play to larger crowds than ever, for more money than ever, to greater acclaim than ever. If you could do that, wouldn't you?

Hope I die before I get old? I don't think so.