Cultural Life: Johnny Marr, musician
Friday 04 December 2009
I'm listening to the new Lissy Trullie LP – she's a New York writer with a great band and good songs. She's just had her first release on Wichita independent record label. I like Comet Gain – they opened when we played at KOKO.
I'm not big on fiction, but I really liked "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Solzhenitsyn. It's about a prisoner in a Russian work-camp. I read a lot of almost metaphysical stuff – books that are mystical without being too hippy. I find books to be a doorway into something else. I recently enjoyed "Cosmic Consciousness" by Richard Bucke, which is about the evolution of the human mind.
I managed to see Ed Ruscha at the Hayward Gallery. I really like his late 1950s work – the stuff he started off doing. I'm not keen on his 1970s work but he got it back in the 1980s.
I've just watched "Moon", directed by Duncan Jones. I saw it in an old, beaten-up cinema in Portland, Oregon, which was a really good experience – you can't get the same sort of atmosphere in multiplex cinemas.
The Cribs' new album, 'Ignore The Ignorant', is out now, and they play a series of UK dates from 2 December
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 3 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 4 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts