A great favourite five from another one of our friends who sounds like they’re an exclusive pair of jeans. Lee Goldup however isn’t a limited edition pair of selvage kecks, no he’s the store manage and buyer for one of our favourite shops The Great Divide as well as being a proper good photograph taker man. Given those credentials clearly Lee has an eye for all things ace, further proof of which can be seen below, bit greedy on the art and music selections though eh Lee?
I’m going to go with my current favourite, which is my Dehen 1920 Varsity Jacket. As far as American varsity jackets go, these guys are the best. Hand made in Portland, Oregon from 24-ounce Pendleton wool and bison leather, the quality is second to none. I’m a little bit obsessed with it.
I’m not a big reader but when I do get the chance (usually on holiday) there are a few authors that I try and revisit. One of which is George Pelecanos who I first discovered around 10/12 years ago and I’ve read around 6 or maybe 8 of his books. He’s an American author from Washington D.C. and predominately writes crime fiction. You may well have seen his name crop up on The Wire as he co-wrote and produced bits of the show.
As much of a cliché as it is to say, music has played a massive part in my life. I simply couldn’t choose one album so I have chosen four that mean something to me.
Nas – Illmatic (1994) I got into lots of hip-hop in the late 80’s and early 90’s through older friends, but this album was a real game changer for me and in my opinion is one of the greatest hip-hop records of all time.
Hot Water Music – No Division (1999) I got really into this band in the late 90’s and remember listening to this album on repeat at university for months. It still has the ability to make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck and is still a favourite.
Lifetime – Jersey’s Best Dancers (1997) Another band I got really into in the late 90’s. They toured the UK for the first and only time in late 2006 and I went to all three gigs. Another favourite.
Archers Of Loaf – Icky Mettle (1993) I still remember the day an old school friend gave me a copy of this on cassette when I was in year 9 and listening to it for the first time. I saw them live twice in 2012 and they were awesome.
I’m a big fan of poster art and particularly like Nate Duval and Jason Munn. I have these two framed and on the wall at home.
I’m currently rewatching the Sopranos for the second time and enjoying it just as much this time round. Almost at the end of Season Five at the moment, which although isn’t the best season, still has some awesome episodes. The best probably being ‘The Test Dream’ which is really surreal and hard to figure out which parts are a dream and which are real life. It’s also the season with Steve Buscemi in, who is obviously excellent.