Paul McCartney records for special edition of BBC Radio 4 series Mastertapes
Posted by Roger Stormo
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Get your tickets for a special recording session with Sir Paul at BBC Maida Vale Studios!
The radio series Mastertapes returns to BBC Radio 4 later in the year, and a special edition of Mastertapes with Paul McCartney at the BBC Maida Vale studios will be recorded on Wednesday 11 May. In this exclusive interview ahead of the release of a major retrospective collection, McCartney will talk to John Wilson about his music career and will answer questions from the audience.
A limited number of audience tickets will be available for 24 hours from today (Wednesday 27 April) at 12pm via the Mastertapes pages on the Radio 4 website.
The hour-long special edition of the programme will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 10am on Saturday 28 May, and a version will be filmed for BBC iPlayer.
John Wilson says: “Mastertapes looks at the nuts and bolts of songwriting, and draws back the curtain on what can often be a private and sometimes lonely art. Having interviewed McCartney many times before, I know he offers great insight into that process. As the most successful songwriter of all time, and the man behind some of my favourite music, I couldn’t ask for a better guest – it’s going to be a very special session.”
In Mastertapes, musicians and artists join presenter John Wilson to discuss their career-defining albums. Usually broadcast over two consecutive days and recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios, each edition of Mastertapes involves an in-depth interview with the artist (for the 'A-side'), questions from the studio audience (for the 'B-side') and exclusive live performances of songs from the albums in question.
The Mastertapes website, which includes additional and exclusive live performances of all the artists featured on the programme (as well as photographs and videos from the sessions), is rapidly becoming a valuable musical resource. It is also the place from which all the previous editions of the series can be downloaded: bbc.co.uk/programmes/b021mjc4. Former Mastertapes guests include Noel Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Natalie Merchant, Manic Street Preachers, Sinead O’Connor, Paul Weller, Corinne Bailey Rae and Rufus Wainwright.
Mastertapes: Paul McCartney
In a special edition of Mastertapes Paul McCartney talks to John Wilson about some of the favourite songs he has written.
As he embarks on a new globe-trotting tour and on the eve of the release of a personally curated collection of his recordings since leaving the Beatles, Paul McCartney takes time out to discuss with John Wilson how some of these songs came about.
Ever since he wrote his first song at the age of 14, Paul McCartney has developed into one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time. With the Beatles, he changed the world of music and he has continued to push boundaries as a solo artist, with Wings and as a solo artist again. A two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a 21-time Grammy Award winner, Paul McCartney has performed in the White House on two occasions in 2010 (President Obama joked that he was becoming a regular).
This will be a unique opportunity to see and hear Paul McCartney as he returns to a venue that he has performed at even more times than the White House. Not only can you hear how he conceived and developed some of his favourite songs but he will also be answering questions from the audience.
The programme will broadcast as a one-hour special on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 28 May.
Important note: There will be a chance to ask Paul McCartney questions during his interview with John Wilson.
Please note that your contact details will be shared with the production team prior to the recording. This is in order to send details and gather audience questions for the artist ahead of recording.
Tickets will be allocated by random draw.
You can register at any time until Thursday 28 April at 12 noon.
You can apply for a maximum of two tickets.
All information is correct at time of publication.