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02Accidents Will Happen20151117

Elvis Costello, one of Britain's greatest and most influential singer-songwriters, reads his witty, frank and very irreverent take of his 40 years at the top of the music business.

Born Declan Patrick MacManus in London in 1954, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, the grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of dance-band singer. Before he was twenty-four, he had his first record deal as part of the the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement. His album, 'My Aim Is True', was a huge hit, and with his band, The Attractions, he went on to record some of the most influential albums in the 1980s and 90s. Known for his lyricism, and with an early reputation as something of an 'angry young man', he has gone on to become one of he elder statesmen of pop, collaborating with many music legends, including Burt Bacharach, Johnny Cash and Van Morrison. Costello has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, and in 2003, Costello and the Attractions were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In this typically idiosyncratic memoir, he charts his often unlikely rise to international success, the experiences that inspired his best-known songs, as well as the absurdities and the darker sides of fame. Today: Costello looks back on how his early childhood in 1950s London fed into his music.

Written and read by Elvis Costello

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Richard Hamilton.

03This World Is Killing You20151118

Elvis Costello, one of the greatest and most influential singer-songwriters, reads his witty, frank and very irreverent take on his 40 years at the top of the music business.

Born Declan Patrick MacManus in London in 1954, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, the grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of dance-band singer. At twenty-four he had his first record deal as part of the the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement. His album, 'My Aim Is True', was a huge hit, and with his band, The Attractions, he went on to record some of the most influential albums in the 1980s and 90s. Known for his lyricism, and with a reputation as something of an 'angry young man', he has gone on to become one of he elder statesmen of pop, collaborating with many music legends, including Burt Bacharach, Johnny Cash and Van Morrison.

Today, Costello leaves Liverpool to make his fortune in London. But an early marriage, fatherhood and a dead-end job, seem to be at odds with the life of a would-be popstar

Written and read by Elvis Costello

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Richard Hamilton

04Pop Star Period2015111920151120 (R4)

A persona is created, and the idiosyncrasies of Top of the Pops are endured.

Elvis Costello, one of the greatest and most influential singer-songwriters, reads his witty, frank and very irreverent take on 40 years at the top of the music business.

Born Declan Patrick MacManus in London in 1954, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, the grandson of a trumpet player and son of dance-band singer. At twenty-four he had his first record deal as part of the the first wave of the British punk and new wave. Costello's album, 'My Aim Is True', was a huge hit, and with his band, The Attractions, he went on to record some of the most influential albums in the 1980s and 90s. Known for his lyricism, and with a reputation as something of an 'angry young man', he has gone on to become one of he elder statesmen of pop, collaborating with many music legends, including Burt Bacharach, Johnny Cash and Van Morrison.

Today, a persona is created, a band is formed, and the idiosyncrasies of Top of the Pops are endured.

Written and read by Elvis Costello

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Richard Hamilton.

05Diving For Pearls2015112020151121 (R4)

Infamy in the US and protest songs at home.

Elvis Costello, one of the UK's greatest and most influential singer-songwriters, reads the final part of his witty, frank and very irreverent take on 40 years at the top of the music business.

Born Declan Patrick MacManus in London in 1954, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, the grandson of a trumpet player and son of dance-band singer. At twenty-four he had his first record deal and was at the forefront of the the first wave of the British punk and new wave. Costello's album, 'My Aim Is True', was a huge hit, and with his band, The Attractions, he went on to record some of the most influential albums in the 1980s and 90s. He has since gone on to collaborate with some of the greats in music this century, including Burt Bacharach, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.

Today, infamy in the US, and protest songs at home.

Written and read by Elvis Costello

Producer: Justine Willett

Abridger: Richard Hamilton.