â€™You never knew what you were going to be confronted with when you went on Laterâ€¦â€™ Nick Cave
â€˜Laterâ€¦ is a voyage of discovery for us as well as the viewersâ€™ Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl and Alicia Keys loved it, BjÃ¶rk treasured it, Ed Sheeranâ€™s life was changed by it, Kano felt at home while Nick Cave was horrified but inspired, and they all kept coming back.
This first-hand account of the BBCâ€™s Laterâ€¦ with Jools Holland takes you behind the scenes of one of the worldâ€™s great musical meeting places. Legends including Sir Paul McCartney, Mary J. Blige and David Bowie found a regular welcome, alongside the next generation of superstars including Adele, Ed Sheeran and Amy Winehouse. Part of what has made the show so special is the format â€“ all those bands, singers, stars and newbies brought together to listen as well as to perform in Joolsâ€™ circle of dreams. But thereâ€™s always been plenty of mayhem alongside the magic of convening a room full of musicians hosted by one of their own.
Written by the showâ€™s co-creator and 26-year showrunner, music journalist Mark Cooper, this is the story of how Laterâ€¦ grew into a musical and TV institution. It was Mark who had to explain to Jay-Z why he couldnâ€™t just do his numbers and split, who told Seasick Steve why he had to play â€˜Dog House Boogieâ€™ on the Hootenanny and persuaded Johnny Cash that he simply had to come in, even when The Man in Black wasnâ€™t feeling well.
From Stormzy to BjÃ¶rk, from Smokey Robinson to Norah Jones, from Britpop to trip hop, here is the word on how Laterâ€¦ began, evolved and has endured, accompanied by exclusive interviews with some of the showâ€™s regular stars as well as the unique pictorial record of Andre Csillag who photographed the show for over 20 years. A must-read for music fans everywhere, Laterâ€¦ with Jools Hollandpulls back the curtain on classic performances to reveal that the show is just as magical, if even more chaotic, than you imagined.