Nik Cohn's Recurring Dream

Three-part series in which journalist and writer Nik Cohn connects forty years of pop culture and recalls the musical influences of his youth.

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01Timing Is Everything2004051620040523

Cohn's conversion to rock n roll occurred in the 1950s, when he was a schoolboy growing up in Derry, Northern Ireland. Wandering into the town centre, he came upon a group of Teddy Boys gathered outside a coffee bar dancing to Little Richards Tutti Frutti. His old life was over. While still in his teens, Cohn became the popular music critic for The Observer, chronicling the ups and downs of the swinging sixties. Soon he was one of pop musics best known writers. In a ten year rush, he wrote four novels and acres of copy. His encounters with The Who, Phil Spector, The Beatles and The Stones were described in his classic pop history, Awopbopaloobop, published at the end of the decade and still in print. In this talk, Cohn describes how a boy from nowhere found himself at the centre of the storm.

02Fever!20040530

Three-part series in which journalist and writer Nik Cohn recalls the musical influences of his youth.

Nik leaves Swinging London for new adventures in New York.

03 LASTBouncing In New Orleans2004060620040612

As a white man in his late fifties, Cohn is astonished to find himself in a new role, producing hip hop records with the rappers of the Big Easy.