Julie Etchingham chats to Joan Armatrading, who on Tuesday was given a Women of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.
Julie says: “The word legend is overused, and you don’t often get to sit down with a real one.
“But to listen to Joan Armatrading talk about her life and work, is to realise you are in the presence of a master craftswoman; a pioneering artist who has carved a unique and groundbreaking path through the British music industry.”
Whichever of the last five decades you grew up in – Joan’s music has been part of the soundtrack.
The first black female songwriter to come to prominence in the British music industry, she has sold 10 million records, been nominated for a Grammy three time and honoured with a CBE this year – to name but a few accolades.
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