Guitarist says he's been listening to Sun Ra and reading Clive James
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has picked his “cultural highlights” in a new interview.
Speaking to The Guardian for the newspaper’s On My Radar feature, the musician and composer discussed what he’s been reading, listening to and playing recently.
Picking his current favourite album, Greenwood opted for Sun Ra And His Arkestra’s ‘In The Orbit Of Ra’, describing the posthumous jazz compilation LP as “sound[ing] like music from the future”.
In terms of books, the guitarist opted for Clive James’ ‘Poetry Notebook 2006-2014’ collection. “I owe so much to Clive James,” Greenwood said. “He’s led me to most of my favourite writers and poets – and frankly, he’s given me the further education I missed when I dropped out [of university] at 19.”
Greenwood also revealed that he listens to Richard Herring’s Leicester Square theatre podcasts, Evelyn Waugh’s ‘The Sword Of Honour’ audiobooks, plays the ‘The Talos Principle’ video game and watches movies via the Mubi app (“Netflix drives me crazy – so much choice, but you struggle to find anything worth watching,” Greenwood lamented).
Read the full feature at The Guardian and see a list of Greenwood’s picks below.
Album: Sun Ra And His Arkestra – ‘In The Orbit Of Ra’
Book: Clive James – ‘Poetry Notebook 2006-2014’
Podcast: Richard Herring’s ‘Leicester Square Theatre Podcast’
Audiobook: Evelyn Waugh’s ‘The Sword Of Honour’ series, read by Robert Powell
Video game: ‘The Talos Principle’
Jonny Greenwood recently commented on the band’s progress with their new album. He confirmed that the band are working in the studio “in periods” and that restarting the process “took a lot of time.”
Radiohead’s ninth album will be the follow-up to 2011’s ‘The King Of Limbs’.
Meanwhile, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke recently revealed that he will compose new music for an upcoming production of Harold Pinter’s Old Times in New York.