Column: Click to Download, Chris Salmon / The Guardian

Every Friday in the Guardian Music, Chris Salmon focusses on a different digital music theme in his column ‘Click to Download’, also available online. This week he highlights some of his favourite podcasts including Triple J’s ‘Like a Version’ featuring studio covers and RadioNowhere’s ‘Filmic’ podcast which plays music from soundtracks. 

A useful, easily digestible and relevant round up of the latest free downloads, online live sessions, music news and more. More info here.

Watch: Whose Line Is It Anyway? / Channel 4OD player

You can watch ALL 4 SERIES of the original Whose Line Is It Anyway? with Clive Anderson online for free on Channel 4OD. All funny, but those with Ryan Stiles are the best.

Watch: here

Listen: The Jack White Story / BBC 6 Music iPlayer

All about Jack, from the early days to the present with contributions from members of The Raconteurs and the Dead Weather. 

Listen: here

Listen: Free Open University Courses / iTunes U

Learn stuff or get better at your job for free. There are lots of free courses - and discussions - you can download to listen to via iTunes U in the iTunes Store. E.g.

  • Writing creatively: fiction
  • The new entreprenuers
  • Laying down the law
  • Introduction to China
  • Art, power and politics
  • Darwin’s theory of evolution
  • Languages

…and many more. A wealth of material from other universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Stanford, Harvard etc is also available for free. 

The Open University on iTunes U | iTunes U homepage

Watch: How The Brits Rocked America + The Beatles: The First US Visit / BBC iPlayer

The first program looks at the explosion in popularity of British music in America in the 1960s and is notable for its inclusion of a present day first hand interview with Paul McCartney on the Beatles’ US experiences.

The second, The Beatles: the First US Visit, is the Maysles brothers’ behind the scenes footage following the band for 2 weeks of their 1964 tour.

Watch: here

Watch: David Bailey documentary / BBC iPlayer

Documentary about the iconic 60s photographer. Including interviews with friends, former lovers and wives. 

Watch: here

Watch: Patti Smith: Dream of Life - Curzon On Demand, Online

"Patti Smith: Dream of Life is a plunge into the philosophy and artistry of cult rocker Patti Smith. The portrait of the legendary singer, artist and poet explores themes of spirituality, history and self expression. Known as the godmother of punk, she emerged in the 1970’s, galvanizing the music scene with her unique style of poetic rage, music and trademark swagger."

Cost: £2 | Info: here