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0101Holly Johnson20170809

Janice Long walks through Liverpool with Holly Johnson, remembering key people and songs.

Janice Long has created a brand new series for Radio 2 - A Long Walk With - in which she talks in depth to some of the most interesting stars in the musical firmament, as they walk through important places in their lives.

The series starts in a very special, fascinating, truly world class location (close to Janice's heart) with one of the most intelligent, hilarious and era defining pop stars Janice has ever had the pleasure to know. He has graced the televisions, radios, book shelves and bestselling charts of the world for decades - Holly Johnson.

Holly will take us on his own magical mystery tour from the local church where he sang as a choirboy, through the streets where he delivered papers, over the Mystery Park to Penny Lane while we hear The Beatles, David Bowie, The Human League, Frankie Goes To Hollywood and T-Rex amongst others.

Holly and Janice also pass through the 'posh bit' of Liverpool where he first walked along an avenue humming the song that would become Relax. Holly also visits the Everyman Theatre (where he auditioned as a young man), the Cavern and Erics (where he performed with Big In Japan alongside his contemporaries like Echo and The Bunnymen and Ian Brodie).

Holly has fascinating anecdotes and memories to share about the Fab Four, Joe Meek, the Liverpool Empire, record shops and boutiques, Bob Wooler, Alan Williams, The Silver Blades Ice Rink and Disco, Matthew Street, Pete Burns and Jayne Casey as they affected his life.

0102Alison Moyet20170816

Janice Long walks through Basildon with Alison Moyet, remembering key people and songs.

In the second episode Janice meets a hugely talented Basildon girl born to a French father and English mother - Alison Moyet, one of the Best Selling Female UK Chart Artists in the modern age.

Alison takes us to childhood homes, town centre hang outs, schools and venues and tells Janice about the start of her musical journey in punk bands through her ground breaking work with Yazoo to huge solo success, performances on the theatrical stage and her life/work balance of music, family and sculpture.

Alison's piano tuning studies came to an abrupt halt when Only You became a worldwide hit for her and school friend Vince Clarke. She describes those early Top of the Pops appearances and her friends in Basildon, who helped her with her performance wardrobe.

Yazoo, like other school mates Depeche Mode and The Cure, went on to reinvent British chart music, merging cool synthesised soundscapes with soul.

Two albums and a Brit Award for Best New Band later, aged just 23, she signed a solo deal and recorded the multi-million selling debut Alf. Released in 1984 the album spawned three UK Top 10 hits and won her a Brit for Best Female Artist.

In 1985 Moyet performed at the legendary first Live Aid concert and her next album, Raindancing gained her a third Brit, later Hoodoo garnered her a Grammy nomination.

Towards the end of 2001 Alison made her stage debut in the West End hit musical 'Chicago' playing the role of Matron 'Mama' Morton. A couple of years later, Alison returned to London's West End in Smaller in which she co-starred with long-time friend Dawn French.

Alison is a Prince's Trust Ambassador and has also received an honorary degree from the University of Essex for Services to British Music.

0103Richard Hawley20170823

Janice meets Richard Hawley in a pub and parkland on one of the seven hills of Sheffield.

This week Janice Long finds herself on one of the seven hills of Sheffield in South Yorkshire with the wonderful and charismatic Richard Hawley, who has enjoyed success and award nominations for his work in groups and on his many solo albums.

Richard is also much loved on the live circuit and in demand for his session work with Pulp, Hank Marvin, Lisa Marie Presley, Arctic Monkeys, Manic Street Preachers and Paul Weller among many others.

They spend quite a lot of time in the bar and music room of Richard's local The Greystones - which has played host to Richard himself along with Pulp, Martin Simpson and Duane Eddy and then they take Richard's dogs Alf and Fred to the nearby Bingham Park.

Richard talks about growing up with his musical parents and the changing musical, political and social atmosphere in Sheffield from the 1960s to the present day.

0104 LASTGary Numan20170830

Janice takes the electronic pioneer, who David Bowie praised, back to some London haunts.

Janice Long takes the electronic pioneer, who David Bowie once credited with writing two of the finest songs in British music, back to some West London haunts and looks at influences and highlights from Gary Numan's Tubeway Army and solo career, which spans nearly four decades.

Gary was born Gary Webb in Hammersmith. His Dad drove buses at Heathrow Airport and his Mum bought him his first acoustic guitar at the age of five.

School didn't go so well, but he was always obsessed with music and machines, specifically airplanes and racing cars.

Gary and Janice return to Heathrow to talk about childhood and plane spotting and the site of a record shop in Earls Court where Gary signed a deal for his punk band in 1978. Gary mentions discovering a Moog synthesizer in the studio and arguing, successfully, with his record company to re-interpret all the punk recordings as electronic numbers.

They discuss his visits to the Hammersmith Odeon, the pressure of his number one singles and albums, world tours and retirement on location at Wembley Arena.

The story comes up to date with Gary's move to California and his 22nd studio album.

0201Jim Kerr Of Simple Minds2018060620180712 (R2)

Janice takes a fascinating tour of musical and family milestones in Glasgow with Jim Kerr.

Janice Long talks to music stars, as they walk through important places in their lives.

Janice Long returns with another series of Long Walks.

In the first she visits the largest city in Scotland, with a long history of musical, industrial and cultural innovation, Glasgow, to spend some time with her old friend and global rock star Jim Kerr of Simple Minds.

In the programme, recorded before the devastating fire at the Glasgow School of Art and the ABC venue, they walk around the city and discuss Jim's upbringing, close to his school friend and bandmate Charlie Burchill, in the Gorbals. Jim and Janice also remember schooldays and early vinyl purchases of Bowie and The Velvet Underground, stand on the first stage they played on, hear backstage stories about Bono in the dressing rooms of the Barrowlands, discover how an American number one might not have happened without perseverance from Keith Forsey and uncover stage nerves at Live Aid. Janice also finds out what connects Nelson Mandela and Waterfront, as she stands with Jim on the banks of the River Clyde.

Janice Long returns with another series of Long Walks.

In the first she visits the largest city in Scotland, with a long history of musical, industrial and cultural innovation, Glasgow, to spend some time with her old friend and global rock star Jim Kerr of Simple Minds.

They walk around the city and discuss Jim's upbringing, close to his school friend and bandmate Charlie Burchill, in the Gorbals. Jim and Janice also remember schooldays and early vinyl purchases of Bowie and The Velvet Underground, stand on the first stage they played on, hear backstage stories about Bono in the dressing rooms of the Barrowlands, discover how an American number one might not have happened without perseverance from Keith Forsey and uncover stage nerves at Live Aid. Janice also finds out what connects Nelson Mandela and Waterfront, as she stands with Jim on the banks of the River Clyde.

0202Chris Difford Of Squeeze20180719

Squeeze's Chris explores his childhood and lyrical history in Greenwich and Blackheath.

Janice Long talks to music stars, as they walk through important places in their lives.

In the second episode of this series Janice goes on A Long Walk with Chris Difford - as the founding member of one of London's best loved bands Squeeze he has some amazing, humorous and emotional stories to tell; not least concerning the inspirations behind songs like Up The Junction, Labelled With Love, Cool For Cats and Some Fantastic Place.

The journey was recorded on a very inclement afternoon recently, around the Greenwich and Blackheath areas of South London, in the shelter of local pubs like The Crown and a car, as it was just too stormy to walk across the heath and on the pavements that Chris recalls playing on, with his toy cars.

Chris remembers nurturing his imagination under his mother's kitchen table and being a member of local gangs and a very reluctant participant in crime. He tried out being a roadie for David Bowie, before he spent 50p placing an advert in a sweet shop window in the early 1970s and created lifelong friendships with his soul mates Glenn Tilbrook and Jools Holland.

Chris talks frankly about his battles and his father's prophecy that a career as a Rock Star would make him "an alcoholic, drug addict and skint". He also describes a childhood trip to Lamas Fayre in Northern Ireland, where a palm reader predicted many marriages, lots of children, a career as musician and a struggle, but a good life.

0203James Dean Bradfield Of Manic Street Preachers20180726

A memorable journey in Wales with James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers.

Janice Long talks to music stars, as they walk through important places in their lives.

Janice Long embarks on a very personal journey with James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers, taking him back to Oakdale School which he attended with all the other members of the band, the steps where he was handed the first of their lyrics, and the Railway Hotel in Crumlin where they played their first gig. Pen-Y-Fan Pond where they spent their evenings imaging they were beat poets and the Mynyddislwyn Mountain between his father's home and the studio where they first recorded demos and singles.

James talks eloquently and passionately about his working-class roots and the political and social events in the area and beyond - all of which inspired him to be a musician and are still part of new songs like Liverpool Revisited. He also chooses some favourite tracks from the band's catalogue and others like Public Enemy, Public Service Broadcasting and Gwenno.

0204Tracey Thorn20180802

Tracey Thorn guides Janice around the fine streets, churches and music venues of her life.

Janice Long talks to music stars, as they walk through important places in their lives.

Janice undertakes her final walk of this series with one of the finest voices in the country, who has just released her first solo album of entirely original material for seven years, which she describes as "nine feminist bangers".

They hear some songs on that release called 'Record', and others, with references to the places they visit, her family history and early gigs as both a performer and music fan attendee.

For four decades Tracey Thorn has been one half of worldwide best sellers Everything But The Girl, an acclaimed writer and journalist, wise woman of social media, solo artist and vocalist, who everyone from Paul Weller to Massive Attack wants on their tracks.

Tracey is an enchanting and fascinating guide as they walk around the streets, churches and music venues of North London and Soho. These include Ronnie Scott's, The Hope and Anchor, The Lyceum on The Strand and St. Martin's Church in Gospel Oak where her parents and grand parents were married - described by the architectural expert and historian Nikolaus Pevsner as 'one of the craziest of London's Victorian Churches'.