Tuesday November 03, 2015

Elvis Costello draws back the curtain in new memoir

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Elvis Costello's musical career has spanned more than four decades and crossed several genres. He's collaborated with everyone from George Jones to The Roots to Burt Bacharach, and was named among Rolling Stone's 25 greatest songwriters of all time. 

Today the prolific musician joins Shad to discuss his new memoir, Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Inkand his suitcase full of formative memories.

Costello also takes us back to a 1979 confrontation during which he used a racial slur in reference to Ray Charles and James Brown. He explains why it was important to include the incident in his memoir, what he was thinking then, and how he's handled the fallout since. 

WEB EXTRA | Shad's interview with Costello ran too long to play in full on air — but thanks to the wonders of the internet you can hear the full feature interview below. (Audio runs 48:39) 

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Posted by CBC's q on  Tuesday, 3 November 2015


Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello joins Shad to talk about his long career and the ways he's changed as a man and artist. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)