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Elvis Costello performing at the 'Hard Rock Calling 2010' event in London, June 27, 2010. (AP)
Elvis Costello performing at the 'Hard Rock Calling 2010' event in London, June 27, 2010. (AP)

Singer, songwriter, iconoclast Elvis Costello made his name and image early on: the big, black Buddy Holly glasses; the punk suits; then the pork pie hat.

He had hits you hummed, like “Alison,” “Pump It Up,” “Everyday I Write the Book.” And right on through, he's maintained one of the most eclectic careers in music — brainy, then driving, then suddenly danceable.

Now, Costello’s out with a new album, “National Ransom."

In an archive edition of On Point, we listen in with him, and hear a special live acoustic performance.
-Tom Ashbrook

Note: This show was first broadcast November 4, 2010.

Guest

Elvis Costello, singer-songwriter who has released over thirty albums since his debut, “My Aim is True,” in 1977.  He's collaborated with many of the biggest names in music over the years – Paul McCartney, Roy Orbison, Tony Bennett, Lucinda Williams, Brian Eno, and many more.  His new album is "National Ransom."

This program aired on November 4, 2010.

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