Meet The Team - Iain McNay
Bay City Rollers 'Rollermania'
I worked at Bell Records back in the 80s when the Rollers were a massive band. This brings back lots of memories of manic gigs, different disputes, Tam Paton and his determination and vision, and of course some catchy tunes.
The Black Keys 'Brotherhood'
(Mojo magazine compilation) Very impressed by this, keep playing it. One of Mojo's best compilations for me..
Randy Edelman 'The Pacific Flow To Abbey Road'
His first album of new songs for many, many years. And jolly good it is as well. Saw him play live in London a few weeks ago, he was great!
Michael Ruppert is a former Los Angeles police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the recent financial crisis at time when most Wall Street and Washington analysts were still in denial. Sitting in a room that looks like a bunker, Ruppert spells out the crises he sees ahead. He draws upon the same news reports and data available to any Internet user, but he applies a unique interpretation. A fascinating documentary and one not to be missed.
The Dhamma Brothers
Documentary of a Vipassana Meditation course taught in Donaldson Correction Facility prison in Alabama and the affect it has on the prisoners that took part including Grady Bankhead's inspiring journey from being abandoned by his mother as a child on the steps of a derelict farmhouse, to eight years on death row, and his spiritual transformation. He reflects the spark of divinity that is within us all. A great film.
The Kings Speech
Very well done and moving. Glad it won all those awards.
Cave Of Forgotten Dreams.
Werner Herzog's latest film. The Chauvet Cave in southern France was only discovered in 1994. It contains perhaps the most extraordinary array of cave paintings dated from between 23,000 to 30,000 years ago as well as extraordinary calcite formations, stalagmites/stalactites and ancient bones of creatures long migrated from the continent. The cave was apparently sealed by a landslide many millennia ago which has preserved everything perfectly. It's really something special to see and the sense of great privilege is conveyed by Werner early on in his very proud introduction. He is the only filmmaker to ever have been allowed access to the cave. Just fascinating.
An intricate and highly intelligent thriller pulled from the pages of history -- about an ordinary man thrust into the biggest theft of Soviet information of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan called this piece of history -- largely unknown until now, "one of the most important espionage cases of the 20th century." Enjoyable but a tad confusing at times.
Pray The devil Back to Hell
Documentary about a group of brave and visionary women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn apart by civil war They helped to bring peace and the first female head of state in Africa. Really inspiring.
Sebastian Faulks - 'A Week In December'
'Birdsong' remains one of my all time favourite novels so whenever a new Sebastian Faulks book comes out I feel tempted to check it out. This is of course very readable but doesn't, for me anyway, have that extra magic.
Josef M Bauer - 'As far As My Feet Will carry You'
Sławomir Rawicz - 'The Long Walk'
Both these books are written by people who were unjustly sentenced to 25 years in Siberian prison camps. They both escaped and had incredible journeys to eventually find freedom. The big question though is how true are they? 'The Long Walk' had now been made into a film (The Way Back) and there is now a book out which argues that it is the figment of the author's imagination. It is much the better read of the two, and ironically is the more plausible; I am sure there are people who escaped and survived, and many other who escaped and didn't survive. I enjoy stories of human courage and endurment and it would be great if these books were true stories...
Jacques Lusseyran - 'And There Was Light'
A great and quite inspiring read. The story of a boy who became blind at 8 years old but never saw what happened as a setback. He joined the French resistance during the second was, was sent to vvvvvv concentration camp and survived. Really worth reading.