Top Ten

 

Books.. Films .. TV Shows .. Plays .. Albums

Erasure by Percival Everett

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

The 25th by David Beinoff (The book with its strong young urban authorial voice made me want to write a novel)

Ask the Dusk by John Fante

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

Post Office by Charles Bukowski (Although when you've read one Bukowsi novel you've read them all)

A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Selected Short Stories by Guy De Maupassant

 

FILMS

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

City Of God (The film which heralded a spate of truly brilliant Brazilian film-making)

Ameros Perros (Continuing the renaissance in Mexico and South American cinema)

Raging Bull (The definitive sporting film)

Double Indemnity (The definitive film noir)

Swingers (Has there been a better buddy buddy movie?)

Donnie Darko (I've seen it many times and still can't get a handle on it. This is what independent film-making is all about)

Deep Cover

Jungle Fever ( Samuel L Jackson's tour de force stand out performance )

Your Friends and Neighbours

 

TV SHOWS

Oz

The Shield

The Wire

The Sweeney

The Larry Sanders Show (The best comedy show, ever!)

Frasier

Cheers

Green Wing

The Simpsons

Homicide

 

PLAYS

Elmina's Kitchen by Kwame Kwai-Armah

Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads by Roy Williams

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet ( America's greatest living playwright!)

Sexual Perversity In Chicago by David Mamet (See above)

American Buffalo by David Mamet

Oleanna by David Mamet

The Shape of Things by Neil Labute (The heir apparent to David Mamet!)

Riff Raff by Laurence Fishbone

The Dutchman by Leroy Jones

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom by August Wilson

 

ALBUMS

Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense by Fela Kuti (The original Nigerian geezer, Mr Africa himself!)

Sign of the Times by Prince (Multitude of musical genres, which he wrote, arranged and played all the instruments. Sheer genius!)

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis (Quite simply the greatest Jazz album of all time!)

Exodus by Bob Marley

First Born Second by Bilal

Baduizm by Erykah Badu

Compilation James Brown by James Brown

The Specials by The Specials (I first got into music in the 70's listening to two-tone. Soundtrack of my youth!)

Original Pirate Material by The Streets (The heir apparent to the Specials. A soundtrack to Blair's Britain . One of the freshest, original albums I've in years!)

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back by Public Enemy

 

 

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