In this week's episode of the RBP podcast, Barney Hoskyns and Jasper Murison-Bowie are joined by Richard Williams to talk about his long and august career in music journalism, starting with writing about Albert Ayler for a local Nottingham newspaper, through to his stewardship of Melody Maker and beyond.
They discuss Richard's analysis of how Ayler brought wild, primitive feelings back to jazz while nevertheless being highly technically proficient, plus a piece on Laura Nyro and an interview with Bob Marley, the latter of whose talent Richard recognised early on and wrote about at a time when reggae was still seen as a novelty genre. Asked what sort of music excites him these days, Richard pre-empts an article from the archive section by enthusing about the London jazz scene.
The week's free features are a collection of articles about Easy Rider in memory of Peter Fonda, including contemporaneous reviews by Charlie Gillett and Miller Francis Jr, sparking a discussion of the cult classic film and its magnificent soundtrack.
The three of them also listen to clips from a 1980 interview with Love's Arthur Lee in which he toys with the idea of getting the band back together ('twas not to be) and reminisces about meeting Jimi Hendrix for the first time in 1964.
Finally, they round out the episode with a look at what's new by way of articles, including an early Pink Floyd interview (back when they still had a definite article), a review of Panjabi MC's The Album and a live review of the extraordinary and eloquent rapper Dave at Koko.