The YourShelf Podcast
#1 The Poetic Pop Premiere with Florence Welch and Rebecca Lucy Taylor
Our chief curator Juliano Zaffino (Jay) sits down with Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) and Rebecca Lucy Taylor (of Self Esteem) to discuss books and the music industry, all through the lens of their personal brands of poetic pop.
To support our work and listen to additional content, see here: https://patreon.com/yourshelf and follow us on social media @_yourshelf_. In the debut episode of The YourShelf Podcast, The Poetic Pop Premiere, our chief curator Juliano Zaffino (Jay) sits down with Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) and Rebecca Lucy Taylor (of Self Esteem) to discuss books and the music industry, all through the lens of their personal brands of poetic pop. For full show notes, see here: https://podcast.yourshelf.uk/episodes/1. Thanks for listening.
- Jay quizzes Florence and Rebecca on their bookshelves, the books that made them, and whose reading habits they want to know more about.
- Florence and Rebecca discuss songwriting and poetry, producing music as women in a male-dominated industry, the importance of personal lyrics, listening to and believing in women, young women "radiating" with feminism, and female solidarity in the industry.
- Florence and Rebecca share their favourite of each other's lyrics, and talk about what they've been reading recently.
- Jay recommends signing up to our Patreon for access to exclusive content, including a 30min bonus episode with more content from the interview, where Rebecca and Florence play a game of "Celebs Read Nice Tweets" and answer some "phone-in questions".
- Jay wraps up with all the books that were discussed in the episode and a few other books he recommends. Discussed in the podcast: Rebecca Solnit’s essays Hope In The Dark, the books of Jacqueline Wilson, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, the Margaret Atwood classic The Handmaid’s Tale, Patti Smith’s M Train, Ocean Vuong’s stunning debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ryka Aoki’s book of poems Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul, and Yrsa Daley-Ward’s memoir The Terrible. Our current Guest Curated title, chosen by the YourShelf community, is Jia Tolentino’s incredible Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self Delusion. Additional recommendations: Julia Armfield’s short story collection salt slow, and RJ Arkhipov’s Visceral: The Poetry of Blood, which were given to Florence at the recording, and Mary Jean Chan’s Flèche, which was given to Rebecca. Jay's favourite read in August was Lucy Ellmann’s groundbreaking, Booker Prize longlisted Ducks, Newburyport.
- Stream Self Esteem's album Compliments Please and go see her on tour in October. Buy and stream Florence and the Machine's 10th anniversary edition of Lungs and read her book Useless Magic.
- Thanks for listening and tune in again next month for Episode Two!