Joe Boyd's A-Z Podcast a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z



It took a few weeks but JOE BOYD’S A-Z is now available as a podcast on iTunes. I have seven letters up, so you can listen for over an hour! (10 minutes each) Tell your friends, tweet them, facebook them, start a virus…. (If you like it, that is.) Just go to your iTunes store […]

Joe’s new A – Z Podcast!

Last month saw the launch of my podcast, “Joe Boyd’s A-Z”. Each weekly 10-minute episode starts with a track from my collection, which serves as a doorway to talk about memorable recording sessions I’ve been involved in, or to my favourite albums, or to curious histories and remarkable personalities. I’ve spent the last year and […]

My Albanian adventures

  I have been hiding my head in shame for the past month after committing an apostrophe-crime in the editor’s letter I shared with you, right after the other rant about bad grammar!  Thank you to all the sticklers who pointed this out. A somewhat shorter version of the following account of my Albanian adventures […]

My Career As Village Crank

My career as village crank, banging out letters to the editor, is on the upswing! Two letters published in the past three weeks! One in the Guardian, one in the International New York Times. They trimmed them a bit, so I’ll let you read them as nature, well me anyway, intended: To the Guardian: Sirs, […]

New events, Geoff Muldaur and Sam Charters

My somewhat cranky appearance on Radio 4’s “A Good Read” is available now in BBC iPlayer: (The article I mention about the great Lesley Blanch can be read here.) Despite the scowls directed towards anyone who asks when my book on ‘world music’ will be finished, some evidence is emerging of what I’ve been up […]

John “Hoppy” Hopkins

John “Hoppy” Hopkins died at the end of January. Some of you may have read the obituary I wrote for the Guardian or heard my contribution to “Last Word” on BBC Radio 4. The Guardian stayed reasonably true to my original text, but added more facts and removed some of the quirkier passages. Originally, (and within their word-count restraints) it read like […]

Not Van Ronk – Von Schmidt

Dear Mailing List, “I was going to send out a newsletter about “Inside Llewen Davis” and Dave Van Ronk but I’m pleased to say that “The Believer”, that most excellent magazine run by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida and the great McSweeney’s team have put it up on their “Logger” website/blog. So you can read […]

Event at SOAS with Lucy Duran and Copyright Footnote

Dear Mailing List, This coming Monday evening (Nov 24), I am taking part in an interesting event at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). My music publishing company, Carthage Music (in which I am a partner with long-time colleagues Guy Morris and Catherine Steinmann) is collaborating with SOAS in a study of the […]

Peel, Hitchcock and Putin

Greetings, Mailing List It’s been a while, I admit. I have been trying to keep my head down, working on ‘The Book’ (about the World Music phenomenon, as yet untitled…) But I do have a few things to show you: a film of my visit to the John Peel Archive, where I was honoured to […]

The Black Liberace

Dear Mailing List, Tuesday Feb 4 at 1130 am GMT*, BBC Radio 4 will air a radio documentary presented by Yours Truly on the late great New Orleans pianist James Booker. It’s called “The Black Liberace” and is 30 minutes long. (a copy of this can be found here).  I was asked to do it […]

Forthcoming Events:

May 29 – Chinese White Bicycles

The How The Light gets In festival will also include a performance of “Chinese White Bicycles: Live and Direct from 1967 with Joe Boyd and Robyn Hitchcock” on Friday, May 29 at 4.30pm.

May 28 – How The Lights Get In

After the event at Pushkin House Joe will be reprising his talk on music and nationalism at How The Light Gets In festival on Thursday, May 28 at 3pm.

April 8 – Pushkin House

Joe will be giving a talk ‘Vladimir Putin’s Rite of Spring: music and nationalism’ at Pushkin House on April 8 at 7pm 

March 6 – With JP Bean at Greystones Sheffield

The Greystones, Sheffield. Friday 6th March 8pm.  Joe will be in conversation with JP Bean, author of the acclaimed ‘Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs’, and will answer questions from the audience. Click here for tickets.

October 14 – Robyn Hitchcock’s “The Man Upstairs”

Joe’s first studio production of the New Millenium, Robyn Hitchcock’s “The Man Upstairs” has been released. And there’s a short film of Joe and Robyn discussing it….

October 14 – John Peel archive

Joe has had the honour of being the first guest given the ‘freedom of the collection’ at the John Peel Archive. Have a look at a video of Joe’s visit and the records he selected for his Record Box

June 27 – Dal Mississippi al Po Festival

Piacenza, Italy

Joe will be making two appearances at this month’s Dal Mississippi al Po Music and Literature Festival in Piacenza, northern Italy. On Friday 27th at 12pm he will take part in the ‘Literary Aperitif’ and on Saturday 28th at 8.30pm he will be joining William Ferris in ‘A Twist of Literature’.

May 23 – Norwich Festival meets Chinese Bicycles


Robyn Hitchcock and Joe will be performing their renowned show ‘Chinese Bicycles’ at the Norwich Book Festival in May.  For tickets go to

September 20 – Batumi International Art-House Film Festival

Joe did a Masterclass in London’s Underground Music of the 60’s at the Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, Georgia