Born OTD in 1949, American soul and jazz poet, musician, & spoken-word performer, Gil Scott-Heron. This is a story about talented but tortured souls and a fractured father & son relationship that kept apart Gillie Heron, who was once hailed by ’50k supporters..as the greatest thing seen at Celtic Park since goalposts arrived’. And Gil Scott-Heron, who a newspaper in 1975 said was ‘one of the most interesting new leaders of the black cause today’.

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Born OTD in 1947, English singer-songwriter, producer & actor, David Jones, AKA David Bowie. Dissatisfied with his stage name as Davy (& Davie) Jones, which in the mid-1960s invited confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees, Bowie renamed himself after the 19th-century American pioneer James Bowie and the knife he had popularised.

Many people know that David Bowie (1947-2016) was an iconic singer, songwriter and actor, whose lyrics, performances and ever-changing persona … More

OTD in 1853, after having been kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South, Solomon Northup regains his freedom; his memoir Twelve Years a Slave later becomes a national bestseller. The shocking first-hand account of one man’s remarkable fight for freedom. `Why had I not died in my young years – before God had given me children to love & live for? What unhappiness & suffering & sorrow it would have prevented. I sighed for liberty; but the bondsman’s chain was round me, & could not be shaken off.’ 1841: Solomon Northup is a successful violinist when he is kidnapped & sold into slavery.

Taken from his family in New York State – with no hope of ever seeing them again – and forced … More

Born OTD in 1954, Elvis Costello. Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Costello was raised in London & Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line & son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business & had taken the popular music world by storm before he was 24. Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing & extensive songbooks of the day.

His performances have taken him from a cardboard guitar in his front room to fronting a rock and roll band … More

Poet, musician, journalist & political activist Attila the Stockbroker has spent 35 years touring the world as a self-sustaining, one man DIY cottage industry. Having performed over 3000 gigs in 24 countries, releasing 30 records & 7 books of poetry along the way, he pauses here to relate his life story, a tale of ranting verse, punk rock & his relationship with the ever changing, increasingly corporate minded politics of the last 5 decades.

An autobiography like no other, ‘Arguments Yard’ bounces effortlessly from frontline tales of touring East Germany, the first ever punk … More