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0120180212 (BBC7)

Singer Tracey Thorn's journey from teenage surbuban dreams to international success.

Written and read by Tracey Thorn.

Tracey Thorn's memoir charts a personal and musical journey that takes us back to her teenage diaries and the thrill of punk, juggling school homework with interviews with the NME as part of all-girl group The Marine Girls and the DIY indie music scene of the late 1970s. She has experienced the highs of stardom and been dropped by her record company. She has spent a career struggling with the challenge of combining artistic integrity, personal politics and feminism with the music industry hunger for chart success. This is an insider's insight into the music industry over thirty years, but above all it's a very personal story which has Tracey's relationship with Ben Watt at the heart of it.

Today, how the do-it-yourself ethos of punk first influenced the teenage Tracey to become the guitarist in a band while still at school - and before she could even play her instrument.

Abridged by Alison Joseph
Produced by Allegra McIlroy.

0220180213 (BBC7)

Tracey Thorn describes her relationship with fellow Everything But the Girl star Ben Watt.

Written and read by Tracey Thorn.

In October 1981, on her first day at Hull University when she was 18 years old, Tracey Thorn answered a public address announcement calling her to reception. The boy who put the call out for her was Ben Watt, and it marked the start of a personal and professional relationship - as pop duo Everything But The Girl - that has spanned over thirty years. She has experienced the highs of stardom and been dropped by her record company. She has spent a career struggling with the challenge of combining artistic integrity, personal politics and feminism with the music industry hunger for chart success.

Tracey Thorn's memoir takes us back to her musical awakening in the 70s documented in her earliest teenage diaries - the thrill of punk, juggling school homework with interviews with the NME as part of all-girl group The Marine Girls and the DIY indie music scene of the late 1970s.

Abridged by Alison Joseph
Produced by Allegra McIlroy.

0320180214 (BBC7)

Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn recalls a gig at the Royal Albert Hall.

Written and read by Tracey Thorn.

In October 1981, on her first day at Hull University when she was 18 years old, Tracey Thorn answered a public address announcement calling her to reception. The boy who put the call out for her was Ben Watt, and it marked the start of a personal and professional relationship - as pop duo Everything But The Girl - that has spanned over thirty years. She has experienced the highs of stardom and been dropped by her record company.

This is an insider's insight into the music industry over three decades which has Tracey's relationship with Ben Watt at the heart of it. Today, from a shared bedsit at Hull University to playing the Royal Albert Hall...

Abridged by Alison Joseph
Produced by Allegra McIlroy.