Frank Turner's Tales From No Man's Land

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Telling the stories of rock & roll pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, dance hall singer Dora Hand, WW1 spy Mata Hari and more, singer-songwriter Frank Turner talks to historians, poets and fellow musicians about twelve historical women who have been largely forgotten but should be celebrated. And his mum. Every Wednesday, starting on July 3rd, Frank will release a new song and explore the story behind it in a new episode of the podcast. No Man’s Land the album is available for pre-order now. A Frank Turner, Xtra Mile Recordings and Somethin’ Else production.  


Episode Date
Rosemary Jane
00:59:53

To round off the series Frank is joined by the remarkable woman who inspired the final song on his album No Man's Land, Rosemary Jane, aka his mum! She might not be a historical figure just yet, but there’s still time! The pair discuss the album as a whole, the tales of each of the women who inspired it and Rosemary offers some choice memories from Frank's childhood - whether he likes it or not!

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Sep 25, 2019
A Perfect Wife - Nannie Doss
00:34:13

Frank is joined by writer and host of the Criminal Broads podcast Tori Telfer to discuss one of the more problematic characters of his album, Nannie Doss. Don't be fooled, she is not as innocent as her name suggests. She was in fact a serial killer who admitted to killing four of her five husbands – one of whom she found in the Lonely Hearts column of a magazine. It's suspected that she also killed her mother, sister, mother-in-law and grandson, although she never admitted to these. Her name the Giggling Granny came about after she showed no remorse for her crimes, simply commenting that she hadn’t met her “perfect mate” yet...

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Sep 18, 2019
Nica
00:35:30

This episode is about a woman whose love of music was so powerful that she uprooted her life for it. Pannonica Rothschild, or 'Nica' became the black sheep of her famous banking family after she was consumed by a newfound passion for bebop. She ditched her family, relocated from France to New York, and spent the rest of her life as a jazz patroness; befriending many prominent jazz musicians such as Thelonius Monk and Charlie Parker. She was affectionately known as ‘The Jazz Baroness’.


Joining Frank to discuss Nica's legacy is broadcaster and singer Jumoké Fashola.

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Sep 11, 2019
Rescue Annie
00:37:51

Frank tells the tale of a young woman who drowned in the river Seine in Paris in the 1800's. As was common in this period a cast of her face, known as a 'death mask', was displayed in the morgue for her family to claim. Sadly she was never identified, but her story doesn't end there. Her peaceful expression captivated so many that very quickly moulds were made and her likeness was hung on the walls of homes across Paris. She became known as L'Inconnue de la Seine, or The Unknown Woman of the Seine. Years later, a toy maker discovered her death mask and used it as the face of the first CPR doll, which he named Rescue Annie. Frank meets Art Historian and Curator Katy Hessel to discuss the woman behind the mask.

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Sep 04, 2019
The Lioness - Huda Sha'arawi
00:29:52

Huda Sha’arawi was a pioneering Egyptian feminist leader and founder of the Egyptian Feminist Union. In 1923 she famously removed her full-face veil in front of a crowd at Cairo station, which sent a shockwave through the Arab world. Huda's actions became a landmark gesture for women’s rights activists in Egypt and she was often referred to as The Lioness. In this episode Frank speaks to Huda's granddaughter Sania Sharawi Lanfranchi, who has written a biography about her grandmother's life entitled 'Casting Off The Veil."

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Aug 28, 2019
Silent Key - Christa McAuliffe
00:37:17

Frank meets with record producer Catherine J Marks at Assault and Battery studios in North-West London where he recorded his album No Man's Land. The pair breakdown the recording process behind the song Silent Key and the story of the woman who inspired it; astronaut and teacher Christa McAuliffe, who was killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster.


You can buy and stream Frank's album No Man's Land here


This episode was produced by Hayley Clarke and the executive producer was Peggy Sutton. There was additional production from Paul Smith, Steve Ackerman, Josh Gibbs and Charlie Caplowe. Tales from No Man’s Land is produced by Frank Turner, Xtra Mile Recordings and Somethin’ Else.

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Aug 21, 2019
I Believed You, William Blake
00:35:24

Frank is joined by poet, playwright and translator Sasha Dugdale to discuss the woman behind the song I Believed You, William Blake. Catherine Blake was the wife of the great visionary, painter and poet, who played a crucial role in his life. As well as running the household and keeping him (relatively) sane, she took an active role in his art; assisting with painting, printing and engraving. During his lifetime William Blake enjoyed very little success. It was Catherine who, after his death, began the process of his public rehabilitation and rise to fame. It’s perhaps down to her that we know about him at all.


This episode features an extract from Sasha Dugdale's book Joy. Published by Carcanet Press, it received the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.


You can buy and stream Frank's album No Man's Land here.


This episode was produced by Hayley Clarke and the executive producer was Peggy Sutton. There was additional production from Paul Smith, Steve Ackerman, Josh Gibbs and Charlie Caplowe. Tales from No Man’s Land is produced by Frank Turner, Xtra Mile Recordings and Somethin’ Else.

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Aug 14, 2019
The Hymn of Kassiani
00:32:44

Kassiani is one of only two women to have been written about from the Byzantine era, which is a somewhat forgotten about period in history. She is most famously known for quipping at the Emperor Theophilos at a bridal show before going on to become an abbess, poet and hymnographer, whose songs are still sung in Greek Orthodox Churches today. Despite being from a distant time, her character shines through in her work. Her quick-witted humour and somewhat rebellious one liners are what brought her to Frank's attention including the phrase "I hate silence, when it is time to speak". Frank recruits the help of self-professed ‘Byzantinist’ and Professor Liz James from the University of Sussex to tell the story behind the song The Hymn of Kassiani.


You can pre-order Frank's album No Man's Land here


This episode was produced by Hayley Clarke and the executive producer was Peggy Sutton. There was additional production from Paul Smith, Steve Ackerman, Josh Gibbs and Charlie Caplowe. Tales from No Man’s Land is produced by Frank Turner, Xtra Mile Recordings and Somethin’ Else.

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Aug 07, 2019
Jinny Bingham's Ghost
00:27:30

Frank heads to one of his favourite haunts in Camden Town to meet local historian Carol Clancy and find out more about former landlady Jinny Bingham, also known as the Mother Damnable. Described as a witch by many for her fiery temper and disregard for authority, locals claimed that on the day she died they saw the devil enter her house but never leave. Her coachhouse The Mother Redcap was originally on the site of the World’s End pub with the The Underworld venue underneath, which she is reputed to haunt to this day.


You can buy and stream Frank's album No Man's Land here.


This episode was produced by Hayley Clarke and the executive producer was Peggy Sutton. There was additional production from Paul Smith, Steve Ackerman, Josh Gibbs, Gulli Lawrence-Tickell and Charlie Caplowe. Tales from No Man’s Land is produced by Frank Turner, Xtra Mile Recordings and Somethin’ Else.

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Jul 31, 2019
Eye of the Day - Mata Hari
00:31:43

This episode is about the woman known as Mata Hari, which in the Malay language means Eye of The Day. Mata rose to fame as an exotic dancer in the early 20th Century and was one of the most connected socialites in Europe. However, during the First World War she was accused of being a spy and executed by firing squad. She's perhaps one of the most well-known women featured on Tales from No Man's Land and is often cited as the archetypal Femme Fatale in art and film, yet very little is known about her actual life. Frank speaks to film historian Pamela Hutchinson about the legacy of Mata Hari, and the woman behind the myth.


You can buy and stream Frank's album No Man's Land here


This episode was produced by Hayley Clarke and the executive producer was Peggy Sutton. There was additional production from Paul Smith, Steve Ackerman, Josh Gibbs and Charlie Caplowe. Tales from No Man’s Land is produced by Frank Turner, Xtra Mile Recordings and Somethin’ Else.

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Jul 24, 2019
The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead
00:31:22

Discover the story behind Frank Turner’s song The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead. The so-called "Winchester Geese" are a group of forgotten women who in medieval times worked in the brothels on the bank of the River Thames. At the end of their lives many were buried in a mass grave for the “outcast dead”, which was closed in 1853. Years later, their bones were rediscovered and the site was turned into a memorial garden, now known as Cross Bones. In this episode Frank meets writer and activist John Constable, who has campaigned for many years to maintain Cross Bones as a garden of remembrance.


You can buy and stream Frank's album No Man's Land here.


This episode was produced by Hayley Clarke and the executive producer was Peggy Sutton. There was additional production from Paul Smith, Steve Ackerman, Josh Gibbs and Charlie Caplowe. Tales from No Man’s Land is produced by Frank Turner, Xtra Mile Recordings and Somethin’ Else.

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Jul 17, 2019
The Death of Dora Hand
00:33:29

Frank Turner tells the true story of the woman behind his song The Death of Dora Hand. Dora was a vaudeville entertainer, a singing sensation in the bars of the wild west town Dodge City, who was accidentally shot to death by a small-time outlaw in 1878. Frank visits the Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City and talks to director Lynn Johnson about Dora’s colourful life and the love triangle that led to her murder.


You can buy and stream Frank's album No Man's Land here.


This episode was produced by Hayley Clarke and the executive producer was Peggy Sutton. There was additional production from Paul Smith, Steve Ackerman, Josh Gibbs and Charlie Caplowe. Tales from No Man’s Land is produced by Frank Turner, Xtra Mile Recordings and Somethin’ Else.

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Jul 10, 2019
Sister Rosetta
00:39:28

Frank Turner dives into the story behind his song Sister Rosetta. He talks to singer-songwriter Emily Barker and Nwaka Onwusa, curator at Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, about the life of the original sister of soul, the godmother of rock 'n' roll, the singer and guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe.


You can buy and stream Frank's album No Man's Land here.


This episode was produced by Hayley Clarke and the executive producer was Peggy Sutton. There was additional production from Elizabeth Emery, Paul Smith, Steve Ackerman, Josh Gibbs and Charlie Caplowe. Tales from No Man’s Land is produced by Frank Turner, Xtra Mile Recordings and Somethin’ Else.

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Jul 03, 2019
Tales From No Man's Land
00:01:13

Find out why singer songwriter Frank Turner has made a new podcast and a new album about twelve extraordinary women from history. And his mum.

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Jun 19, 2019