WPKN Archives: Connections: John Lennon Birthday Celebration with Special Guest Chris Frantz

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Connections... with Eric Cocks

Original Aired:
Friday, October 8th, 2021
3:14PM to 6:51PM

3 hours, 37 minutes

Friday, October 8th, 2021 3:06PM

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Episode: Connections: John Lennon Birthday Celebration with Special Guest Chris Frantz

October 8, 2021 special edition of Connections on WPKN with Eric Cocks celebrating the life and music of John Lennon with my good friends Chris Frantz and Deb Guhl. It’s spontaneous! It’s non-linear!! 


Lots of rarities, outtakes, alternate versions, works in progress, backing tracks, studio sessions, live music, song development and unreleased music from all different time periods, along with music from The Beatles and from Harry Nilsson produced by his friend John. 


The show is quite free wheeling with stories, personal recollections, miscellaneous thoughts and plenty of humor throughout as we pay tribute and have fun talking about one of the great musicians, songwriters, artists and public figures of all time, who’s influence on so many others continues to resonate throughout the world. 


This show is also a low key fundraiser for WPKN, done in the spirit of having fun exploring John and his music, while also doing a very loose and thoroughly entertaining show. 


Luckily, this may have been one of the most successful fundraisers we’ve ever done and we’d like to thank everyone who tuned in and/or donated on our behalf as we get ready for a move to Downtown Bridgeport in November.


If you’re just listening now, feel free to donate, either by phone at 203-331-9756 during business hours or online at wpkn.org


Great thanks to my friends Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club and Deb Guhl, both of whom have terrific shows on WPKN. 


Thanks for tuning in!! 


It’s more fun than the news!!



Please feel free to check out last Friday’s episode of Connections, featuring a continued exploration of the recently released Bob Dylan Bootleg Series 16 box set, The Beach Boys Feel Flow box set, along with new and vintage music at: 


Connections: Additional Highlights from the new Bob Dylan Bootleg Series 16 and Beach Boys Feel Flows box sets plus new and vintage music:





Also, please tune in live or in archives for next Friday’s episode of Connections from 4:00 to 6:50 pm eastern for some nice surprises. 



For info, updates and occasional videos, articles and photos, please join the Facebook page Connections on WPKN. 

Show: Connections... with Eric Cocks

Connections... with Eric Cocks

Explores the connections between songs, songwriters, musicians, producers and people... often in surprising ways.

Vital, intelligent music with true artistic vision. Or just because it sounds good...

Includes extended features on specific artists such as Bob Dylan, The Kinks, The Beatles and far more. Also comedy by Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Eddie Izzard, Paul Krassner and others with a rock and roll renegade attitude. In depth explorations of early electronic music (and how it relates to current music). Vital new music that deserves to be heard. Surf music. Garage bands. British invasion. Rock and Roll. John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Jimi Hendrix, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, The Blues Magoos, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Dr Fiorella Terenzi, Beethoven, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Alex Chilton, Nilsson, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, Tame Impala, Grimes, The Pretenders, Blondie, Caitlin Rose, Juana Molina, Mojo Mancini, Elliott Randall, Marshall Chapman, Jessy Lanza, Big Star, demos, rarities, unreleased new music and far more may be part of any given show. Also live interviews of performers, writers, producers, engineers, session musicians and people behind the scenes. Plus unexpected surprises...

Previous in depth interviews include Sam Phillips, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, author/comedian Paul Krassner, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Neil Innes of The Rutles, Tommy James, legendary session musician Carol Kaye, Warren Zanes, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Rod Argent of The Zombies, Oscar Winning Composer Alan Menken, Patty Larkin and more. All are available in archives for about 385 days. (Maybe that'll get extended some day.) Stay tuned for future interviews and special features.

The show will keep changing over time.

Tune in every 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon of each month at the new  time of  4 to 7 pm eastern. Also special editions at other times. Available live over the air at 89.5, online at http://wpkn.org, tunein radio or listen later in the WPKN archives.

For further info, updates, news, videos and special features, please check the FaceBook site: Connections on WPKN

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