Saturday, 19 May 2012

CD's From My Collection: The Move: The Very Best Of The Move (1966-1972)

The band that began the careers of Roy Wood of Wizard and Jeff Lynne of ELO. Some great tracks on this compliation from mid-sixties psychedelic power pop gems like Fire Engine and Omnibus (see below) to song-based hard rock with a touch of Glam-Do Ya and Brontosaurus


CD's From My Collection:The Jim Jones Revue: Burning Your House Down (2010)

Rock 'n' Roll as it should be played! Little Richad & Jerry Lee get it on with the MC5 to make some righteouly rocking noise!


CD's From My Collection: Bob Dylan, Blood On The Tracks (1974)

Not a huge fan of Bob Dylan, but Blood On The Tracks has to be the album I like the most. Introspective cryptic lyrics with a world weary bluesy feel to the music. Nice


Saturday, 5 May 2012

Book Review: Franz Kafka: The Complete Short Stories (Vintage Classics)

Portrait of Franz Kafka by R. Crumb 
This is the third time I have read The Metamorphosis, a story of a young man transformed one night into a giant insect and the resulting reaction of his family. A strange parable of alienation and isolation but also one of the saddest stories ever written. The tales collected here range from the masterfully weird and unsettling (The Judgement, In The Penal Colony, A Country Doctor, The Great Wall of China, A Report to an Academy, A Hunger Artist and of course The Metamorphosis) to the interesting but turgid (The Village Schoolmaster, Investigations Of A Dog) as well as very short pieces, sometimes only a paragraph long. Kafka is one of the masters of imaginative literature.

Read A brief Survey of the Short Story Part 13: Franz Kafka by Chris Power from The Guardian's Book Blog here. An excellent overview of Kafka's short works.