The Soundtracks of Curtis Mayfield

This Freshaphonica episode explores the six movie soundtracks that Curtis Mayfield composed between 1972 – 1977. Before completing his first soundtrack, Superfly, in 1972, Curtis had already had been in the music business for around 15 years. He’d performed in…

Aretha Franklin Autobiography

I had read about Aretha’s autobiography before I had actually read the book itself, with the main criticism being the lack of  personal details and the glossing over of many areas of Aretha Franklin’s life. So I approached the book without too…

FP 05 - Beyond The Beatles Part 4 - John Lennon

In this Freshaphonica episode, I take a look at the wide range of side projects John Lennon had during the 1960s, outside of his career with The Beatles. These include, books, experimental films & music, a quest for peace & more…

Lenny Bruce thumb

A biography of a controversial comic, written by a controversial author. This is a comprehensive life story of Lenny Bruce, which expertly captures the genius and self-destructive nature of this American comedy trailblazer.

FP 04 - Beyond The Beatles Part 3 - Paul McCartney

In This Freshaphonica episode, I take a look at Paul McCartney’s projects outside the Beatles in the late 60s, including his work with Badfinger & Jimi Hendrix. I explore the stories behind his first 2 solo albums & the injustice of the poor critical reception they received…

FP 03 - Beyond The Beatles Part 2 - Ringo Starr

In this Freshaphonica episode, I look at the early solo career of Ringo Starr, which included some experimental movie roles, as well as a very underated early solo career which was arguably more successful than his former bandmates…