The Last Bohemians is an award-winning, critically acclaimed, independent podcast series that meets maverick and radical women in arts and culture and takes listeners on a vivid, hallucinatory trip through their extraordinary lives. From subversive musicians and style icons to game-changing artists, these are women who have lived life on the edge and who still refuse to play by the rules.
The series was created in 2019 by host and journalist Kate Hutchinson and is produced by a team of rising women in audio, with portraits by Laura Kelly. Season 1 features Molly Parkin, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Pauline Black and more; Season 2 stars Judy Collins, Gee Vaucher, Zandra Rhodes and P.P. Arnold; Season...
In this very special live episode of The Last Bohemians, as part of Tate Lates, host Kate Hutchinson talks to actor, model and activist Lily Cole and Amrita Dhallu, Assistant Curator of International Art at Tate Modern, to discuss the life and work of Swedish pioneer of abstract art, Hilma af Klint (1862-1944). Cole stars as one of De Fem ('The Five'), af Klint's Stockholm-based spiritual group who communed with spirits during séances in the late-1800s, in Lasse Hallström's brand new biopic of the artist. Dhallu is part of the team who put together Tate Modern's latest exhibition, boldly pairing Klint's extraordinary paintings with those of Piet Mondrian and asking us to consider the role that the natural world played in their work. Together, they consider how great women artists throughout history have been criminally overlooked, the legacy of af Klint's work today and why the af Klint renaissance is in full-swing.
25 May 2023 Finished
An audio addendum to our LA season this year, The Last Bohemians hopped over to Santa Fé to meet the one and only Julia Cameron. Our series is dedicated to creative women who've lived their lives outside the norm. Julia has spent hers guiding others, with her creativity manual The Artist's Way. Very sadly, Julia had just lost her beloved dog when we arrived one afternoon, but she soldiered on. It's a whistlestop tour through her early days, breaking into the boys club of 1970s journalism, through her wild thirties in Hollywood married to Martin Scorsese, and eventually how she turned her life around by relocating to Georgia O'Keefe country, with its endlessly inspiring landscapes, and discussing addiction and recovery, harnessing the creativity spirit, sexism and psychic powers, how she helped to write Taxi Driver, her friendship with Eve Babitz and much more. Presenter and Exec Producer: Kate Hutchinson Editor: Georgie Rogers Photography and recording: Anna Kooris
16 November 2022 Finished
French fashion disruptor Michéle Lamy is known as the wife of designer Rick Owens but she's is a chameleonic creative in her own right, forever staging art happenings and musical collaborations around the world, as well as co-designing the furniture for the Rick Owens line. She’s so in-demand that she’s tricky to track down: we did this interview partly in London, at Claridges, and partly at the Chateau Marmont in LA, where Michéle lived until the early 2000s. In those days, she was better known as the owner of cult Hollywood nightspot Les Deux Cafe, where she performed smoky jazz numbers in her thick drawl. Now Michéle is more nomadic, attracting beautiful freaks wherever she goes. A gothic style icon, her signature look is ink-dipped fingers, a line of kohl on her forehead and a cigarette always in her hand. Listen out for her many bangles too, which clank as she speaks about her style awakening in the Moroccan desert, why she loves collaboration and much more.
21 September 2022 Finished
Penny Slinger is the British feminist surrealist whose work in the 1960s and 70s was groundbreaking – but then she disappeared. Now living in Los Angeles, she talks to The Last Bohemians about her incredible life: being pals with Lee Miller, living in a turret with pet falcons, finding her way in a male-dominated art world, how tantra revitalised her life and work, performing a real-life sex scene in the only feature film directed by a woman in the 1970s, sensual and sexual liberation – and why desire doesn't diminish with age. She just hopes she lives to see her first retrospective.
7 September 2022 Finished
The Last Bohemians LA, supported by Audio-Technica, meets the “hyena of performance art”, whose transgressive spectacles of New Wave theatre, experimental noise, elaborate and crude costumes, chaotic rituals, gory props like pig heads and blood – lots of blood – built a cult following in the 1980s LA punk scene and predated Lady Gaga’s meat dress by decades
18 August 2022 Finished