Author Alan Jones is on the blog today, offering his thoughts on his favourite music, books and films.
|Alan Jones is my pen name, as I need to keep working to pay the bills, and I wish for the time being to remain anonymous.|
I do like other people's lists - being far too lazy to compile ones of my own!
To be Someone - The Jam
Pretty Vacant - The Sex Pistols
Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
Up the Junction - Squeeze
What can I say about the first four? I was 17 in 1977. It was a great time to be into music.
Common People - Pulp
Just when music got a bit stale for me, along came Pulp
Hurt - Johnny Cash
Old men can sometimes still sing - my favourite Johnny Cash song, although his cover of 'Bridge over troubled water' with June Carter came a close second
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan
That big brass bed.
Atmosphere - Joy Division
Some say he couldn't sing but I say sheer genius.
In the Ghetto - Elvis
This is the hardest category to narrow down to ten!
Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
Has everything - My favourite book.
Shogun - James Clavell
At over a thousand pages, it's still riveting the whole way through.
Mila 18 - Leon Uris
Based loosely on the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Gripping.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Ian Fleming
Totally underrated and so unlike the films. This one shows a side of Bond you'll never see at the cinema.
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Best book we did in English at school, narrowly beating Lewis Grassic Gibbon's 'A Scots Quair'
Papillon - Henri Charriere
I don't read much non-fiction, but this reads like fiction.
Presumed Innocent - Scott Turow
My favourite legal thriller
Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
I love speculative sci-fi, where it could just about happen. This is a classic example.
A Town like Alice - Neville Shute
The Cruel Sea - Nicholas Monsarrat
My dad gave me a stack of books to read when I was about 11. The last two books on my list were among them. Both authors are out of vogue but fantastic storytellers, in an old-fashioned way.
I think it's Meryl Streep's best, and a great performance from Cher
Not as good as the book, but what film is?
The Shawshank Redemption
Sorry, this one is.
Godfather 1 - 3
Not cheating if you watch them all back to back
My favourite Vietnam War film.
Funniest film ever. When it was first released, we had to travel outside Glasgow to see it because the city council banned it!
A cliffhanger ending in a film of a true story?! Magnificent film-making.
Fireworks between Sarandon and Costner. Then she got together in real life with her other co-star, Tim Robbins, and broke my heart.
Thanks to Alan for sharing his selections.
Alan Jones has his website here. You can catch him on Twitter - @alanjonesbooks.
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