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The Life and Songs of the Crow - Hughes

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Subject: The Life and Songs of the Crow - Hughes
Date: 22 Oct 16 - 05:14 AM

Subject: RE: Info on Ted Hughes
Date: 21 Oct 16 - 05:13 PM

Lost tapes of Ted Hughes "Life & Songs of the Crow" from 1070 are here:

** Crow - Ted Hughes

* Hughes on Crow - Ted Hughes interviewed by George MacBeth (1970)

Hughes on Crow

BBC Radio 3, 3 December 1970 20.55

TED HUGHES talks tO GEORGE MACBETH about the background and meaning of his Crow poems,
(Crow can be heard tomorrow at 8.50 pm)


Talks: Ted Hughes
Unknown: George MacBeth

* Ted Hughes reads "Crow - the Life and Songs of the Crow" (1970)


BBC Radio 3, 9 October 1970 20.45
BBC Radio 3, 4 December 1970 20.50


The Life and Songs of the Crow by TED HUGHES


In this sequence of poems Crow, 'God's nightmare,' is created, survives various adventures and ordeals and disasters, and finally, King of carrion, reigns over silence.



Unknown: Ted Hughes
Read By: Ted Hughes
Read By: Michael Hordern
Read By: Denis Goacher
Read By: Sean Barrett
Produced By: Douglas Cleverdon


At the start is a BBC interview with Ted Hughes and George MacBeth about how the Crow mythology started. This was only aired once. The recording itself is somewhat interesting. The intro. is definitely the Beeb one - actually for the one and only repeat of the programme on 4 December 1970. And the sequence of poems is certainly read by Ted Hughes and Michael Hordern, etc., as per the two genome entries. However there are clicks and pops on the recording - which took hours to edit out - indicating that the actual programme might have come from a record!!


Cadenza at the Bitish Library Sound Archives lists the following: - search words "ted hughes crow"

Search Results
any words or numbers "ted hughes crow" search found 3 titles.

#1 Details
1CD0286783 D2 BD1-3 BRITISH LIBRARY       1970
Poetry now. The crow poems, a discussion
Hughes, Ted, 1930-1998 (speaker, male; interviewee)

#2 Details
C1066/20       1970
Now read on (excerpt)
BBC Radio series. This edition features poet Ted Hughes reading from and talking about his poem 'Crow'.
Recorded 9 October 1970. Preserved in the BBC Sound Archive

#3 Details
M8480R BD 1      
Now read on: Ted Hughes
Magnusson, Magnus, 1929-2006 (speaker, male; presenter)

Question: Does this imply that they have the Interview but not the full programme of 'Songs'?


Barry Hodge of '' opined:

#1's from where 'your' interview was originally broadcast (and, as said, repeated the day before Crow's repeat):

#2/3 was a year-end review with clips (perhaps of Crow, perhaps of the interview):

So, it looks like the Beeb doesn't have Crow itself, and nor does the BL - and the BL may have the full interview, but the Beeb, again, probably does not.



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