Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Desert Island Discs: Brian Eno

DESERT ISLAND DISCS: BRIAN ENO (128kbs-m4a/38mb/41mins)
BBC Radio 4 broadcast: 27th January 1991

A variety of labels can be stuck on this week's Desert Island Discs castaway - from rock musician to experimental artist, from visual sculptor to composer and intellectual guru of the rock world. He is Brian Eno, and he started his career by making music playing with tape recorders, then went on to play with bands who rehearsed far more often than they performed, graduating through to the Portsmouth Sinfonia, and ending up with the hugely successful group Roxy Music.

Since his Roxy Music days, he has gone on to musical collaboration with David Bowie and production of the group U2. Brian Eno will be talking to Sue Lawley about his musical and artistic activities in the mainstream, as well as on the fringes of, international cultural life.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Lord Don't Forget About Me by Dorothy Love Coates
Book: Contingency, Irony & Solidarity by Richard Rorty
Luxury: Radio telescope

Gene Chandler - Duke Of Earl [Knight]
Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 - Alu Jon Jonki Jon [Regal Zonophone]
The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning [MCA]
Miles Davis - He Loved Him Madly [CBS]
Nikolai Ivanovitch Kompaneiski - Herouvimska Pessen [Harmonia Mundi]
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Too Much Time [Reprise]
Fairuz - Ya Tayr [(EMI)]
Dorothy Love Coates - Lord Don't Forget About Me [SP5]

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