The Monocle Culture Show

Do albums need notes to help us understand them?

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8 June 2015

Episode 191

30 minutes

We speak to Ashley Kahn who won the 2015 Grammy award for his liner notes in John Coltrane’s ‘Offering: Live at Temple University’. We also investigate the golden age of album-sleeve note writing with 'The Times’ rock and pop critic Will Hodgkinson and discuss the art of the album cover in Portland, Oregon.

8 June 2015

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Robert Bound in conversation with Will Hodgkinson

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Will Hodgkinson, rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’ talks us through some of his favourite sleeve notes.

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Chapter 2

7 minutes

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Music historian Ashley Kahn speaks to Monocle’s Ed Stocker

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Ashley Kahn has won Grammys for his album sleeve notes. This year he took the gong for his writing about John Coltrane. He tells us how you make an award-winning album sleeve.

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Chapter 3

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Album cover design

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Melanie Sevcenko meets two album artworkers in Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas to see how they create a physical format in a digital age.

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