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Billions on Spotify *UPDATED – May 29, 2018

Billions Season 3 Playlist

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 29, 2018

Follow the Billions playlist on Spotify for the latest additions after each episode!

Categories Billions Music Print Media

How Billions Creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien Use Music as an Emotional Accelerator on the Show – May 24, 2018

NPR’s All Songs Considered, Music Pods, Sound Opinions, Spotify Discover Weekly and Twitter Solicitation Beacons: Discovering Music for Billions

by Caitlin White | Uproxx | May 24, 2018

Last fall over the holidays I was desperately trying to avoid reality. Looking for an escape, I turned to a popular TV show called Billions because I’d noticed one of my favorite Uproxx TV writers, Brian Grubb, writing a love letter to it earlier in the year. It looked just far enough away from my own life to distract from the stupid minutia of what was bothering me, the characters were strong, powerful, and self-assured — but they were also caught up in tough situations, unfair portrayals, and pesky mistakes.

The plot was thick and moved with deftness, there was not one but two strong, badass female characters, there was a subplot involving a nonbinary character working in the midst of the boys club, and the whole thing swung on an unholy rivalry that was a thrill to watch. This all made for great, addictive TV, but as a music editor, what stopped me in my tracks was the soundtrack. Unexpectedly, I found old folk and indie rock favorites like Andrew Bird cropping up alongside a guest appearance from the rock gods themselves, Metallica!

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Categories Music Narrator Video

Damian’s 2009 Narration of ‘Keep On Running: 50 Years Of Island Records’ – August 21, 2017

BBC’s Classic Documentary Now Available for Streaming

by Anton Spice | The Vinyl Factory Limited | August 21, 2017

Island Records is touted as “the most diverse and influential independent record label in history” and arguably the most prestigious record label in the history of British music.

Damian narrated BBC’s documentary Keep on Running: 50 Years Of Island Records in May, 2009 to coincide with the label’s 50th anniversary and concert. The BBC’s feature-length documentary has been uploaded to YouTube and available to watch online for the first time since August, 2017.

Originally aired on BBC Four, it follows the story of the label from humble beginnings in Jamaica, where a young Chris Blackwell released budding jazz and ska bands, before making for the UK with the island’s sound system hits under his arm. Chris Blackwell founded the Island label in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 with capital of just £1000. Relocating to London in the early 60’s, Blackwell built the most diverse and enviable back catalogue of any independent record label in history. From Island’s early Jamaican roots in ska and rock-steady, through the label’s expansion to become the cutting edge of progressive rock in the late 60’s, and then on to the signing of such international superstars as Bob Marley, Grace Jones and U2, Blackwell brought to Island a unique vision and passion which still informs the label’s approach to this day.

Watch the 90-minute documentary in full below:

Sources: Island Records and Vinyl Factory Limited 

Categories Broadcast Media Interviews Music Personal and Family Life Radio

Desert Island Discs with Damian Lewis – Nov 30, 2014

Desert Island Discs with Damian Lewis

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | November 30, 2014

Desert Island Discs (DID) is a radio program broadcast on BBC Radio 4.  It was first broadcast on the BBC Forces Programme in January, 1942.

Each week a guest, called a ‘castaway’ is asked to choose eight recordings, a book, and a luxury item that they would take with them if they were stranded on a desert island.  The program is hosted by Kirsty Young and Damian, who was a castaway on November 30, 2014, discussed his life and the reasons for his choices.

You can listen to the entire Damian Lewis DID here and download it to listen on the go, too.

His selections attest to the fact that he is, in his own words “a nostalgic person, naturally, remembering people, happy moments in my life, and just good cheers.”  They are all reminders of happy, fun and romantic times, referring to his family, his parents, his wife, and his children.

Damian’s Book Choice:

“This has caused a lot of consternation, I think I’m gonna go with J. M. Roberts’ History of the World.”

Damian’s Luxury Item:

“I would quite like to take my whittling kit. I could whittle useless object… I was given a whittling kit… by Helen, and I’m gonna whittle as the sun sets… I’ve got to find a way to get the trees down that’s the only thing I haven’t quite worked out… I might whittle little busts of my family to start with…”

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