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Episode 72. - Jonathan Handley & Michael Cross

By Willim Welsyn

Jonathan Handley is the enigmatic songwriter and guitarist of that legendary band from Springs called Radio Rats. Michael Cross made a documentary about the band called “Jiving and Dying: The Radio Rats Story.” According to Cross, the film, twenty-five years in the making, introduces the music of the Rats and the words of Jonathan Handley “in an attempt to afford them the place they deserve in the history of independent rock ’n’ roll in South Africa.” Willim goes to the screening of the film this past Saturday at the Labia Theatre and lures Jonathan and Michael back to his garage the next morning to talk about the Rats, the film, the music, Springs and James Phillips. Jonathan also riffs on digital tape machines, tape hiss, noise reduction, how small town music scenes are Darwinian in nature, not having suitcases full of cash and why he is an anaesthetist by day and a songwriter, guitarist, cartoon artist and an archiver by night.  Geborg deur VHMUSIC.CO.ZA Luister die intro vir die special discount offer.

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