LEITH FM 98.8, Edinburgh: two hour show focussing on John Barry, December 30
Lawrence Lettice, Edinburgh (LEITH FM 98.8) focusses on John Barry on his radio show called "Lawrence's Magnificent Movie Music". http://www.leithfm.co.uk/schedule, December 30, 9PM.
DOCUMENTARY: Pure Imagination: The Leslie Bricusse Story
On: BBC Radio Two
Date: Tuesday 3rd January 2012
Time: 22:00 to 23:00 (1 hour long)
"Following our Friday Night Is Music Night special in December, which marked composer Leslie Bricusse's 80th year, Michael Ball profiles the man behind the music."
Jon Burlingame has announced on Facebook that his book, THE MUSIC OF JAMES BOND, will be published in October 2012 by Oxford University Press. This will be fifty years after Dr. No, the first movie in the series, premièred.
"I accepted the assignment in part because I wanted to pay homage to John and his legacy. I think you'll all be very pleased."
Jon Burlingame writes about music for films and TV for Variety and teaches film-music history at USC.
Intrada: "Ultra-rare 1966 John Barry gem gets expanded CD release!"
Original score copied from "mint condition stereo copy" of the LP plus "Sony vaults contained complete 1/4" session tapes in mono" and "Extra bonus from Mainstream vaults: one reel of original unedited 1/2" 3-track stereo session masters." Read more...
Local broadcaster and Barry fan Ley Bricknell has produced a John Barry special for Radio Nowhere. It can be heard here and is thoroughly recommended.
Update April 15, 2015: Link is gone.
Don Black's long-awaited radio tribute to John Barry is scheduled for Monday 2nd January between 7 and 9 p.m. on BBC Radio 2.
Don remembers his first sighting of "a classy, elegant chap" on Tin Pan Alley, who ate "like a ballerina" and would despatch indebted film producers with his characteristic "Yorkshire bluntness".
On their music collaborations, he remembers Sir Tom Jones fainting after the sustained end note of Thunderball, and a producer's dismissal of the "lousy tune" and "filthy lyrics" of Diamonds Are Forever.
Don tells of artistic differences during rehearsals for Billy Liar, and the complete failure of another musical, The Little Prince And The Aviator, which closed during preview.
He recalls a memorable night at the home of Leslie Bricusse when he, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini and Burt Bacharach had to break up a fight between Barry and John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas after the composer challenged Phillips to hum something by Mahler!
This tribute is sound-tracked by some of Barry's best loved compositions, including Born Free, Out Of Africa, The Ipcress File, Midnight Cowboy, Dances With Wolves and several of those classic Bond themes.
Director, writer and producer Bryan Forbes, who collaborated with John Barry on six films, is to be honoured by the British Film Institute.
On 24th January at the NFT, South Bank, London, Bryan will be interviewed about his career after a screening of "Whistle Down The Wind". He will then be presented with a Fellowship, the BFI's highest honour, in recognition of his lengthy and successful career in the business.
In line with its 50th anniversary, Hallmark are releasing a CD of "Stringbeat" on the 1st January 2012. Due to an extension of copyright in sound recordings from 50 to 70 years voted in by the European Parliament, which is likely to become law in the UK next year or the year after, the days of new public domain re-issues are numbered. However, this won't prevent future PD releases of music which is *already* out of copyright by the time the law is in force.
The copyright situation is succinctly summed up by David Ades of The Robert Farnon Society in this article.
The Camden Society are having a charity auction. Dame Shirley Bassey has donated a doodle of her hand with a 'Gold finger'
Others who have contributed include Yoko Ono, Bardot, Tony Blair, Prime Minister David Cameron, Samantha Fox , Rolf Harris, Jane Bown, Joanna Lumley, Christopher Paolini, Dame Vera Lynn, Pete Best, Klaus Voormann, Will Mellor.
All proceeds from the Charity auction which takes place via ebay on the 20th November will go to Queens Road Day Centre (London), a day service for adults with learning disabilities and multi complex needs.