Access All Areas

A backstage pass to current musical issues.

Seasoned industry insider Trevor Reekie dodges past security to get to the heart of industry trends and happenings, pinning down the people with the good oil on the current state of the music biz, and where it might be going, as well as occasional glances over the shoulder to see how we got here.

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  • The Return of The Pop Group ( 15′ 05″ )

    Formed in Bristol in 1977, The Pop Group was at the forefront of the post-punk movement, carving out an influential niche for themselves that has seen them name dropped by the likes of Nick Cave, Primal Scream and Massive Attack.

    From Access All Areas on 28 Feb 2015

  • Supermensch - The Story Of Shep Gordon ( 14′ 34″ )

    Shep Gordon managed an eclectic bunch of artists that included Alice Cooper, Anne Murray, Groucho Marx, Teddy Pendergrass and many more. He's also credited with creating the 'celebrity chef' phenomenon. Shep's career has recently been documented in a new movie directed by Mike Myers called Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon. Trevor Reekie caught up with Shep to talk about the movie and his career.

    From Access All Areas on 21 Feb 2015

  • Stiff Records ( 16′ 45″ )

    In 1976, Dave Robinson and Jake Riviera launched Stiff Records, unleashing an eclectic catalogue of records by artists like Elvis Costello, Ian Dury and a quirky bunch of pub rockers, before the label went bankrupt in 1986. Author Richard Balls has just published a book, Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story, charting the rise and fall of Stiff - he talked to Trevor Reekie.

    From Access All Areas on 14 Feb 2015

  • Access All Areas: Martyn Bennett ( 13′ 52″ )

    The late Scottish musician Martyn Bennett was a formidable piper, DJ, producer and live performer who passed away (aged 33) in 2005. In January, the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow marked the 10th anniversary of his untimely passing with an orchestral recreation of his last album, Grit, arranged by Greg Lawson - a long-time friend of Bennett and a notable musician in his own right. Trevor Reekie talks to Lawson about the musical legacy of his late, great collaborator.

    From Access All Areas on 31 Jan 2015

  • Access All Areas: Mark Rye, founder of RockHistory ( 16′ 15″ )

    Mark Rye has a background that has seen him work for pioneering prog-rock label Harvest records in the early 70s and in artist management. Most recently, Rye has called upon his contacts to provide anecdotes for his website RockHistory.co.uk, as well as a recently published book, Over Under Sideways Down. Rye tells Trevor Reekie about his memories of many of the people he has worked with in the UK music scene.

    From Access All Areas on 24 Jan 2015

  • Andrew Fagan and the People ( 18′ 15″ )

    The Mockers' Andrew Fagan has sailed the seas as much as he has commandeered the airwaves with a musical and literary career that has resulted in books of poetry, an autobiography, a broadcasting career and a back catalogue of songs spanning three decades. Trevor Reekie speaks to Fagan ahead of his nationwide tour with his band The People.

    From Access All Areas on 03 Jan 2015

  • The Life and Times of Johnny Thunders ( 15′ 38″ )

    Johnny Thunders, who died in 1991 aged 38, was the iconic guitarist for the New York Dolls and later the Heartbreakers, bands that would influence the English punk movement and a score of LA hair metal bands - despite being marginalised by the industry. Trevor Reekie talks to Nina Antonia, long-time friend of Thunders and author of Johnny Thunders: In Cold Blood, about the life and hard times of a rock 'n' roll icon.

    From Access All Areas on 20 Dec 2014

  • Lonnie Holley - A North American Original ( 14′ 05″ )

    From Birmingham, Alabama, Lonnie Holley is a self-taught visual artist and musician. In his 64 years, Holley has overcome grinding poverty to pursue his art, and now his idiosyncratic improvised music is being championed by a growing legion of musicians, fans and critics. Midway through a North American tour with Daniel Lanois, Trevor Reekie tracks down Holley and his manager Matt Arnett.

    From Access All Areas on 13 Dec 2014

  • Spandau Ballet - Soul Boys Of The Western World ( 15′ 07″ )

    Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley and Martin Kemp talk to Trevor Reekie about their career, from being posterboys of the New Romantic pop culture movement in the late 70s, to their acrimonious fall out that saw the band face off in court, and eventual reunion.

    From Access All Areas on 22 Nov 2014

  • Hunters & Collectors ( 12′ 10″ )

    When they called it a day in 1998 after nearly two decades together, Melbourne's Hunters & Collectors was a multi-platinum selling band, with a ferocious live reputation, and a catalogue of songs that continue to resonate in Australia's musical landscape. The 1998 line-up have reformed for a handful of shows in Australia and New Zealand. Trevor Reekie talks Hunters & Collectors vocalist and lyricist Mark Seymour about the career of one of Australia's most iconic bands.

    From Access All Areas on 15 Nov 2014

  • 75 Years of Blue Note Records with Don Was ( 14′ 49″ )

    Trevor Reekie talks with the recently appointed President of Blue Note Records, Don Was, about his vision for the label and maintaining its artistic integrity in the 21st Century musical landscape.

    From Access All Areas on 08 Nov 2014

  • Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band ( 12′ 10″ )

    How a youtube clip captioned "Mind-blowing Psychedelia from Thailand" piqued the interest of L.A. producer Josh Marcy, leading him to a remote Thai village to record Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band.

    From Access All Areas on 11 Oct 2014

  • Bernie Griffen - Salvation ( 16′ 03″ )

    Bernie Griffen and his new band The Thin Men have just released his sophomore LP Salvation, recorded in Auckland's The Lab recording studio, Trevor Reekie meets up with Griffen, his partner and musical collaborator Kirsten Warner, and long-time guitarist Steve Roach at The Lab to discuss Griffen's salvation.

    From Access All Areas on 04 Oct 2014

  • Moana and The Tribe in session 2014 ( 31′ 42″ )

    Among Aotearoa's foremost cultural ambassadors, Moana and The Tribe have just released their fifth studio album Rima, produced by band member Paddy Free (Pitch Black). Moana and members of the Tribe play some of the new songs live in Radio New Zealand's studio.

    From Access All Areas on 27 Sep 2014

  • OMC - The Story of How Bizarre ( 17′ 58″ )

    OMC's How Bizarre, co-written by the late Pauly Fuemana and producer Alan Jansson, topped the New Zealand charts, then repeated this success in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and Austria, as well as making the Top 10 in eight other countries. The story of OMC has been made into a documentary, directed by Stuart Page which gets its first screening on Māori TV on Monday (25 August). Trevor Reekie talks with Page, producer and co-songwriter Alan Jansson and Simon Grigg from huh! Records about OMC's global success.

    From Access All Areas on 23 Aug 2014