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Infamy in the US and protest songs at home.

Elvis Costello, one of the UK's greatest and most influential singer-songwriters, reads the final part of his witty, frank and very irreverent take on 40 years at the top of the music business.

Born Declan Patrick MacManus in London in 1954, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, the grandson of a trumpet player and son of dance-band singer. At twenty-four he had his first record deal and was at the forefront of the the first wave of the British punk and new wave. Costello's album, 'My Aim Is True', was a huge hit, and with his band, The Attractions, he went on to record some of the most influential albums in the 1980s and 90s. He has since gone on to collaborate with some of the greats in music this century, including Burt Bacharach, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.

Today, infamy in the US, and protest songs at home.

Written and read by Elvis Costello

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Richard Hamilton.