In the first of a series of features, novelist, poet and song writer, Mark Connors, writes about his favourite fifty albums and singles released in each of the fifty years he’s spent on this planet. From Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy, to Kate Bush, Tori Amos and The Police, Mark Connors will guide through 50 years of great music that spans many genres, albums and singles that have either left a lasting impression on him or spoke to him at a particular point in his life.
"It's 1982. I am browsing in the £1.99 section of Bostock's, a discount record shop in Leeds. Even at 12-years-old I already have a serious and expensive addiction to buying LPs. Luckily, I don't have to burgle houses to get my weekly fix but merely divert funds ring-fenced for other essentials."
Chapter 1, 50 by Mark Connors
In the run up to the 2021 release of his third poetry collection, '50' ,which will feature poems loosely inspired by 50 albums and 50 singles/single downloads released in every one of Mark's 50 years alive, he'll be writing a weekly article for the Spanish based music website, Rock and Blog News. The articles will focus on why the selected albums and singles have left a lasting impression on him or why they evoke a particular time in his life.
Chapter one "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath and "The Long and Winding Road" by The Beatles
Chapter two "Fragile" by YES and "Vincent" by Don McLean
Chapter three "Thick as a Brick" by Jethro Tull and "Alone Again, Naturally" by Gilbert O'Sullivan
Chapter four "The Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd and "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple