5 things – Mike Forbes

The brief: Tell us about 5 songs *and/or* films. It could be the ones you think are the greatest. Or that move you most. Or that are under-appreciated. Something along those lines.

The people: Webstock speakers and assorted Webstock people.

Today with Mike Forbes, a Webstock special agent and most awesome sysadmin guy. And we should note that this whole shebang was his idea!

5 songs I’ve enjoyed recently:

Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan finally made a video for “Like a Rolling Stone” and. it. is. amazing.

Van Morrison – Astral Weeks

My favourite Van Morrison album, and the title track from said album. Lester Bangs wrote better about it here, which is an extract from the 1979 book “Stranded: Rock and Roll for a Desert Island“; and features a great collection of top-ten desert island rock & roll albums.

Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel – Townes Van Zandt

I’m probably channeling Mike Brown here, but Townes Van Zandt is too great to leave off the list and I’ve been digging him a lot recently.

Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen

Off arguably his best album, Nebraska.

Song for the dead – Queens of the Stone Age

I just finished reading a biography on Dave Grohl so I had to include this. Some of the best rock drumming ever by the man himself!