The Extraordinary Songs of Clive James and Pete Atkin
‘This is the work I’m known least for, but which is closest to my heart’ – Clive James
For the last 50 years, Clive James has been writing remarkable songs – witty, moving, sometimes satirical, often thrillingly poetic – with his musical partner, Pete Atkin. They’ve written more than 200 together, releasing the first album of their work in 1970 and the last in 2015. John Peel loved them. So did Kenny Everett. Stephen Fry is a huge fan. And Clive himself believes these songs are the best things he’s ever done. Loose Canon explores the sparkling lyrics and brilliantly memorable tunes that have won Clive and Pete a fanatical cult following but still managed to remain the British music industry’s best-kept secret.
About the Author
Ian Shircore is a sought-after ghostwriter and author of a dozen books in his own right, including Conspiracy: 49 Reasons to Doubt, 50 Reasons to Believe and John F Kennedy: The Life, The Presidency, The Assassination. He was once ‘unmasked’ by Fleet Street newspaper reporters as the supposed author of Belle de Jour’s best-seller, The Intimate Adventures Of A London Call Girl – a charge which he and the actual author, Brooke Magnanti, both deny.
Clive James and Pete Atkin have been writing songs together for 50 years and here they discuss their partnership and love of music.