I was tagged on Facebook to list ten books that have made an impression on me. These are the ones I came up with. I couldn’t split the Ellroy books so there are thirteen altogether.

  1. As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning by Laurie Lee
  2. V by Thomas Pynchon
  3. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  4. A Disaffection by James Kelman
  5. The L.A. Quartet by James Ellroy (4 books)
  6. Just Kids by Patti Smith
  7. United States: Essays 1952-1992 by Gore Vidal
  8. The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  9. Where I’m Calling From: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver
  10. Species of Spaces and Other Pieces by Georges Perec

I’m not very enthusiastic about these awards but I vote because the music gets a bit of promotion. This is how I voted:

  • Album Of The Year – The Unravelling by Knifeworld.
  • Limelight Award – It had to be Thieves Kitchen due to the fact that I’m not familiar with the other bands in the list.
  • Breakthrough – It has to be Matt Stevens this year.
  • Live Event – Steve Hackett, Genesis Revisited. Another default choice. At least the list is relevant to the whole country this year.
  • Anthem – The only song that qualifies as anthemic here is Make Some Noise by Big Big Train.
  • Band/Artist Of The Year – I voted for Fish for his tenacity and for releasing a great album under difficult conditions.
  • The Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award – Fish gets my vote again for his A Feast Of Consequences set.
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