CHOICE CUTS

THE Q STAFF AND WRIT­ERS’ TIPS OF THE MONTH.

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NIALL DO­HERTY RE­VIEWS EDITOR

“You won­der if Johnny Marr con­sid­ered call­ing his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Set The Record Straight af­ter read­ing Morrissey’s ef­fort a few years ago, but in typ­i­cal Marr fashion, 1 SET THE BOY FREE coolly side­steps ig­nit­ing any truck with his for­mer Smiths band­mate. In­stead, it’s a straight­for­ward ac­count of what it’s like being the iconic gui­tarist of a gen­er­a­tion, with some un­heard stories along the way. But for a kindly judge, it could’ve been all so dif­fer­ent. I’ve had the new 2 LEONARD CO­HEN al­bum, You Want It Darker, on re­peat, which has prompted a guided tour of his back cat­a­logue.”

CHRIS CATCHPOLE FRONT SECTION EDITOR

“Although the script moves so fast I could’ve done with a copy on my lap to keep up, the Tom Stop­pard re­vival 5 TRAVESTIES at Lon­don’s Me­nier Choco­late Fac­tory is a whirl­wind of ideas, wit and word­play. I also re-watched Ju­lian Tem­ple’s an­ar­chic doc­u­men­tary LON­DON: THE MOD­ERN BABY­LON (avail­able on iPlayer), which led to dig­ging out Ed Glin­ert’s EAST END CHRON­I­CLES – a vivid, barely be­liev­able his­tory pop­u­lated by mur­der­ers, oc­cultists, tigers roam­ing the streets and “list­less, ema­ci­ated women who looked as though they sup­ported na­ture on a diet of Lu­cifer matches and gin.”

PAUL STOKES Q EDITOR AT LARGE

“Af­ter hear­ing a track on IL DIVO – Paolo Sor­rentino’s bril­liantly stylised biopic of for­mer Ital­ian PM Gi­ulio An­dreotti – I’ve be­come ob­sessed by 3 DELIA GON­ZA­LEZ and GAVIN RUSSOM’s al­bum The Days Of Mars. I missed it when it came out in 2005, but with homemade synths and lay­ered sounds, it’s ab­sorbingly baroque yet thrillingly for­ward-look­ing. Stick­ing with Ital­ian in­spi­ra­tion, I’m ‘im­prov­ing’ my non-ex­is­tent cook­ing skills with Katie Parla’s TAST­ING ROME. Boast­ing vi­brant pho­tos, it’s full of tra­di­tional dishes from the Eter­nal City, although my ef­forts don’t look like the pic­tures… yet.”

SYLVIA PAT­TER­SON Q WRITER

“We are liv­ing, declares doc­u­men­tary icon­o­clast Adam Cur­tis, in ‘post-truth’ times. In HYPERNORMALISATION ( avail­able now on BBC iPlayer) he sets out his ter­ri­fy­ing, timely the­sis, the master archivist join­ing bulls­eye cul­tural dots through 40 years of bank­ing tyranny, ter­ror­ism, Trump, fake bo­gey­men, Syria’s in­san­ity, sui­cide bombers, Putin, Brexit, body ob­ses­sion, all of it. It’s like the clever per­son has turned up, fi­nally, and shown how The Man has made mugs of us all. Mu­si­cally, 6 STEVE MA­SON’s Meet The Hu­mans, his gor­geous ser­e­nade to ex­is­tence, should’ve been Num­ber 1 all year.”

KATE SOLOMON Q WRITER

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing much from a non­de­script text­book-look­ing col­lec­tion of short stories that I picked up in a char­ity shop, but Lor­rie Moore’s LIKE LIFE turned out to be a won­der. In vi­gnettes of women get­ting by in late-’ 80s Amer­ica, she gives her char­ac­ters thoughts that I thought only I had ever thought. Her hero­ines are re­as­sur­ingly sham­bolic and her prose fun­nier than a Click­Hole post. Like a new best friend, I mourn the years I wasn’t aware of her – but at least seek­ing out her other books now will kill time be­tween 4 WEST­WORLD episodes.”

TED KESSLER FEA­TURES EDITOR

“How do you im­prove a mas­ter­piece? Ku­dos to reg­gae pro­duc­ers Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes and Lin­val Thomp­son for at­tempt­ing this with reis­sues of the dub al­bums they made with mixer (ie, dub con­troller) Scientist in the ’ 80s, now bol­stered by the orig­i­nal tracks from which the dubs were sculp­tured. But due to a le­gal bat­tle, they’ve all been re­named: Scientist no longer ‘Wins The World Cup’ – now, ‘ Junjo Wins The World Cup’. Worse, Scientist has been re­moved from the cover art. Swal­low this dis­gust. 7 WINS THE WORLD CUP and LIN­VAL PRESENTS SPACE IN­VADERS are two of the best dub al­bums, richly ex­panded.”

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