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Later ... With Jools Holland: 30 Years of Music, Magic and Mayhem

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He is equally at home writing about Johnny Cash as he is about Jay-Z or a more left-field performer such as Oumou Sangaré, the Grammy-award winning Malian singer and composer. Dave Grohl and Alicia Keys loved it, Björk treasured it, Ed Sheeran's life was changed by it, Kano felt at home while Nick Cave was horrified but inspired, and they all kept coming back. Icon or newbie, the performer is likely to receive the same welcoming patter from Jools Holland, whose mix of nonchalance and enthusiasm puts even the biggest egos at ease.

There are also contributions from artists who have guested on the show over the years - and at the back of the book there is a full, alphabetical list of every single one of them. It was Mark who had to explain to Jay-Z why he couldnt just do his numbers and split, who told Seasick Steve why he had to play Dog House Boogie on the Hootenanny and persuaded Johnny Cash that he simply had to come in, even when The Man in Black wasnt feeling well. Come down the travelators, exit Sainsbury's, turn right and follow the pedestrianised walkway to Crown Walk and turn right - and Coles will be right in front of you. But there’s always been plenty of mayhem alongside the magic of convening a room full of musicians hosted by one of their own. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.The director Janet Fraser Cook’s decision was to bring the lights way down, screening out the audience and fellow artists, and concentrating on the performances. But Van contributed to many Laters over the years, never making this request again, and he brought the entire 25th show to a rousing climax with Gloria. During lockdown, the show abandoned its traditional format in which musicians gather in the same studio in front of an audience and became a more intimate affair in which Holland interviewed a single guest and drew on Later’s considerable archive.

But theres always been plenty of mayhem alongside the magic of convening a room full of musicians hosted by one of their own. From Stormzy to Björk, from Smokey Robinson to Norah Jones, from Britpop to trip hop, here is the word on how Later… began, evolved and has endured, accompanied by exclusive interviews with some of the show's regular stars as well as the unique pictorial record of Andre Csillag who photographed the show for over 20 years. We're always happy to answer any questions or queries you might have, please get in touch using one of the methods below.

Interesting to read about which performers 'got' the concept and which ones were not too keen on the format. Which is fun in itself to browse through and see the variety; household names next to artists you've never heard of, and from many corners of the world. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.

Mark began writing about music when he reviewed The Sex Pistols' last ever show at San Francisco's Winterland in January 1978. Dimbola Museum and Galleries recently hosted a 2nd talk on the exhibition ‘Experience the Isle of Wight Festival 2002 to 2023’ with Mark Cooper, ex-head of music at the BBC, and creator and Producer of ‘Later…with Jools Holland’.The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

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