Richard Ashcroft on Why Rock is Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop is Rock

Former singer of The Verve explores the transformative powers of music

Kyle Meredith With.. Richard Ashcroft

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This Monday on Kyle Meredith With…, Kyle Meredith speaks with English singer-songwriter Richard Ashcroft, best known as the lead singer of The Verve, who discusses his near-20-year-long solo career, culminating in his latest record, Natural Rebel, and what it means to him to create a record like that “for the fans.” Ashcroft also explores the idea of rock ‘n’ roll as a spirit and the transformative powers of music.

Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Each episode, Meredith digs deep into an artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty. Check back Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new episodes. Rate the series now via iTunes.

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