This is a selective list of Richard Price's recordings, including
those he has made for various spoken word sound archives, in radio broadcasts, and as part of music projects. Video footage is also listed and linked to here.
The Poetry Archive
Richard Price recorded a spoken word session in November 2016 for the
London-based Poetry Archive.
Mirabeau's first album Golden Key was released on May 4th 2011 on CD, Amazon dowloads and Itunes,
and was an Ian McMillan choice on Stuart Maconie's Radio 6 Music programme. The project centred round Richard Price and Caroline Trettine
with Blue Aeroplanes guitarist Ian Kearey on electric on the first record. Live, the project usually
play with Roberto Sainz de la Maza on electric guitar, who appears on the
second album Age of Exploration (2015) alongside David Chapman on bass. Fyfe Dangerfield makes two brief cameo appearances on Age of Exploration on
guitar and on percussion. More information at the project's website mirabeauproject.com
The video above is "Parkway", music composed by Caroline Trettine, lyrics by Price (also featured in the Carcanet poetry collection Rays). The
video was made by Caroline.
Invited back for a second session at the Archive of the Now, Price recorded nearly twenty poems: hear new works yet to be published
including the ambitious long work "Boxed". There is also a version of Cavalcanti's greatest poem, Donna me prega, rendered with strict attention to the external and internal rhyme scheme but with jazz-like improvisations in line-length and delivery. This is the 'conversational' version of the abstract text Price had recorded for the Poetry Library several years before. Both texts can be found in Rays (Carcanet, 2009). Don't forget to explore the rest of this remarkable aural document of contemporary poetry in Britain!
Richard Price has occasionally appeard on BBC Radio 3's programme about language, The Verb. Topics he has discussed include the
film-maker and poet Margaret Tait, the poet and novelist Iain Crichton Smith, and the nature of feeling in poetry.
The Dirty Dozens
Benjamin Zephaniah interviews Richard Price about the late medieval poem "The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy". The programme
is primarily about the American insult-form, The Dirty Dozens. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 11.30pm on 23rd December 2008.
Broadcast on 30th Mar 2008 and then, in an extended version, on 5th April 2008, this BBC Radio 4 programme is presented by Joan Bakewell. It's about Fred Hunter's archive of poetry recorded by Stream Records in the 1960s. Richard Price is featured as Head of Modern British Collections at the British Library,
describing the little magazine and small press scene of the 1960s, including the world of the independent bookshops in the UK.
Recorded on 23rd September 2007 in Holborn, central London, by Alex Pryce as part of the
NESTA-funded PoetCasting project. Includes a reading of Louise Labé improvisations and new poems "A Century Find" and "Waymoat".
Archive of the Now
Recorded on 29th January 2007 in a North London house for the Brunel University
contemporary poets sound archive. At the session most of the text of the sequence Earliest Spring Yet is read, as well as three extra, previously unpublished, tracks. All are downloadable, though certain rights restrictions apply.
BBC Radio 3, 01/12/04
On this edition there was discussion of the literary relationship
between France and Scotland, with Robert Crawford in St Andrews
and Richard Price in London. Price reads his translation of Guillaume
Apollinaire's "1909". A copy is held by the British Library
Recorded at the World Book Day celebration of
W. S. Graham's poetry, Scottish Poetry Library, 04/03/04
One of the three Informer poems which reduce front-page local newspaper
stories to a third of their original text.
amazing how the oral nature of the newspapers - all newspapers are
very close to the spoken word, are practically transcriptions, often
using the conventions-of-shrill - is revealed in these concentrated
texts, and how the reports start scrutinising their own assumptions
when you put them under only a little linguistic pressure.
A selection from the session recorded by Peter McCarey, Geneva 2002. Listen
A copy of this recording, with the other poems read
on the same evening, is held by the British Library Sound Archive.
In Ken Cockburn and Alec Finlay (eds.), The Jewel
Box, Scottish Poetry Library, 2000.
"Club mix" is published in Perfume
& Petrol Fumes (1999)
Scottish Television, 1988
An appearance of a gawky poet in patterned woollen pullover, reading
some early poems. Apparently still occasionally used in the early
hours as a substitute public information broadcast - like The Potter's
Wheel of days gone by.