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Ben Thompson reviews Simon Reynolds' Rip It Up and Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-84: "Rip it Up is plainly intended to go down in pop historiography as the companion volume to Savage's authoritative yet personal punk chronicle, England's Dreaming. This book is both less and more than that". * Listen to ex-Pistol Steve Jones' show on LA's Indie 1031 FM. Apparently, Jones got the gig after swearing not to swear on air! On the subject of swearing, his former foul-mouthed sidekick Glen Matlock recently condemned swearing on TV!! Maybe they were right to ditch him after all! * The Pistols' Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle, which is soon to be released on DVD in the US, doesn't even make it into Mojo's all-time rock movie top 10. * Beryl Bainbridge on Samuel Johnson. * Damien Hirst talks about his "silly" artworks. * Children's literature is thriving (more here). * No Wave: The film (Kill Your Idols at the ICA in London, 8-21 April). * Steve Almond reviews his own latest short story anthology, The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories, in Boston's Weekly Dig: "He has long been Boston's most shameless writer, a whore, a guy who will write anything for attention." * Spike Magazine's excellent Splinters blog has been revamped. * The table football championship. * Michael Bracewell quotes Graham Greene in his Guardian review of Matthew Sweet's Shepperton Babylon: "Seediness has a very deep appeal, it seems to satisfy, temporarily, the sense of nostalgia for something lost; it seems to represent a stage further back". * Andrew Stevens tells us that grime blogging is taking off in East London. * Punk rock glasses. * The art of writing book proposals. * This one will run and run: the Evening Standard claims that mystery blogger Belle de Jour is in fact London underground legend Stewart Home.

3:AM TOP 5 - STEVEN HALL 03/30/2005

Steven Hall's "Stories for a Phone Book" appears in the British Council's New Writing 13 anthology, published April 15th by Picador. You can find out more about him and his work on his website. Here are some of the things he likes to listen to:
  1. "Eee-O Eleven" -- Sammy Davis Junior
    "This is the signature track from the original ratpack heist movie Ocean's 11. I love this tune. I think it might possibly be the coolest Brylcreem-using, natty-jacket-wearing tune of all time (even cooler than Sinatra's My Way). It helps me win at poker too."
  2. "The Mexican Spaceman" -- Fonda 500
    "One of the most gentle and haunting little songs I've ever heard played on a hairdryer."
  3. "Good Vibrations" -- The Beach Boys
    "One of my favourite summer tracks made a bit creepy and otherworldly by its totally against type 'this is a revolution of the mind' use in Vanilla Sky. It's back on my playlist now the weather's getting warm."
  4. "What's Golden" -- Jurassic 5
    "'Quality? Qual-it-y.' Like real old school hip hop, but better."
  5. "Battle without Honour or Humanity" -- Tomoyasu Hotei
    "It's been two years since the Kill Bill soundtrack and I still can't get enough of this cool-Japanese-people-walking-down-a-corridor-and-then-massive-swordfight tune. It makes me feel hard. There. I've said it."


Listen to Richard Hell reading an extract from Godlike, his forthcoming novel. The London spoken word scene gathers momentum with Book Slam (a "literary nightclub" hosted by Ben Watt of Everything But the Girl and author Patrick Neate) and Tales of the Decongested. Pictures of writers (link via Bookslut). Maximo Park's website. The irresistible rise of vlogging. Gawker are mean to Vincent Gallo again! There's a fascinating extract from Thurston Moore's forthcoming Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture in Wired. The La's are back! Banksy gatecrashes museums. Billy Idol is interviewed in Blake Morrison reviews Philip Larkin's juvenilia (I like this bit in particular: "Life, you aren't a god, you're a bloody old sod / For giving me such employment / 'Cos in such a bad job only pulling my knob / will bring me the slightest enjoyment"). Check out the line-up for this year's Word Festival in Aberdeen (13-15 May). Steve Bell interviews Robert Crumb at the National Film Theatre in London (official Crumb site here; more Crumb in the Guardian). Congratulations to 3:AM's Richard Cabut and Tony O'Neill who are both currently showcased on Laura Hird's fine website. Christine Brooke-Rose on BS Johnson in The Indie last Sunday: "BS Johnson did a great deal to defend experimental writing but in my opinion, and it is only mine, he was not an experimental writer. His stories belong to the then fashionable drab socio-realism, added to which he flings in typographic tricks, all of which have been used before, and which remain very separate from the content instead of merging as one, each reinforcing the other. When he was pro-me he would go up and down the country saying, 'Christine-Brooke Rose and I are the only two experimental novelists,' and I'd think, oh no, I don't want to be bracketed with him." Also in The Indie on Sunday: Mark simpson on Julie Burchill, and Hari Kunzru: "We are all British. But some are more British than others". The A-Z of Samuel Johnson: "Johnson's dictionary was intended to be the English equivalent of volumes produced decades earlier by Italian and French academies. A group of publishers contracted him to produce it in three years. When reminded that it had taken 40 French academics 40 years to produce theirs, Johnson apparently replied: 'Forty times forty is sixteen hundred. As three to sixteen hundred, so is the proportion of an Englishman to a Frenchman.'" Smackfest is banned. The Guardian's Spitting Image gallery. Is CBGB's about to relocate to Vegas? Boing Boing on David Byrne's internet radio station. A preview of the new Dave Eggers. According to the Sunday Times, Lisa Hilton is behind the Belle de Jour blog and book (The Book Club blog has all the info). Bloc Party's "Banquet" video shoot. 3:AM's 5th anniversary bash (23 April, Filthy MacNasty's, 7pm), hosted by novelist Toby Litt, will revolve around this year's New Writing anthology which has been generating a fair amount of controversy in Britain. In the introduction to the book, editors Ali Smith and Toby Litt described many submissions from female writers as "disappointingly domestic": " In the introduction to the collection the authors write: "On the whole the submissions from women were disappointingly domestic, the opposite of risk-taking - as if too many women writers have been injected with a special drug that keeps them dulled, good, saying the right thing, aping the right shape, and melancholy at doing it, depressed as hell." This led to many reactions from AL Kennedy and others, and finally from the two editors themselves. Check out Steven Hall's great website: Steven is a talented young writer who appears in New Writing and whose prose will soon appear in 3:AM. Manchester Metropolitan University will hold a symposium ("Why Pamper Life's Complexities?") on The Smiths on 8-9 April. I wonder if HP Tinker will be there? Finally, a big CONGRATULATIONS! to 3:AM's Andrew Stevens and Zan on the birth of their son, Rafael.

3:AM TOP 5: MAX¤MO PARK 03/30/2005

Max´mo Park are an edgy, scratchy and angular five-piece from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Their next single, "Graffiti", is released on 2 May followed by their hot debut album, "A Certain Trigger", on 16 May. They are currently listening to:
  1. "The Great Destroyer" -- Low (Tom, drums)
  2. "Kling Klang" -- Tussle (Dunc, guitar)
  3. "Possessed" -- The Balanescu Quartet (Lukas, keyboard)
  4. "Incesticide" -- Nirvana (Archis, bass)
  5. "Swoon" -- Prefab Sprout (Paul, vocals)


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