Mark Binelli's Top Five 

Author of Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die!

Rolling Stone magazine writer and former Atlantan Mark Binelli recently published his first novel, Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die! (Dalkey Archive). His interests extend beyond notorious Italian-American anarchists from the 1920s, however.

1) The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones -- Stanley Booth: "Most rock books suck, but this one covering the Stones' infamous 1969 tour, which ended with Altamont, is pretty amazing stuff. Booth is a major character in the book [he eventually became addicted to heroin, delaying publication until 1984], and he captures the dark side of the '60s as well as Joan Didion in The White Album."

2) Transistor Radio -- M. Ward: "Creepy, death-obsessed folk-rock album, released last year and, for some reason, not a huge hit. His voice sounds like it's been channeled by a medium. He has a new album coming out in August called Post-War, also good. But start with this."

3) La Moustache: "Probably the best movie I've seen this summer. Deeply weird French sort-of thriller, with a conceit that sounds completely ridiculous on paper: All of the Hitchcockian tension is set off by a man shaving his mustache. Somehow, this works."

4) The Lieutenant of Inishmore: "I reviewed plays when I lived in Atlanta, but now that I live in New York, ironically, I see far less theater. But the current Broadway production of this play, by the Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, is like an insane, over-the-top parody of every bad post-Tarantino bloodfest you can think of. I mean this as a compliment."

5) Night Moves -- Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band: "Really! If you have the LP, I would particularly recommend Side One, played at night. As a native Detroiter, I sort of have to like this guy. But I will defend this choice."


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