It’s not exactly Booktrack, but today we offer some musical accompaniment to your reading of Zadie Smith’s NW.
p23. “We are the village green preservation society. God save little shops, china cups and virginity! Saturday morning. ALL KINKS ALL DAY. Girl. You really got me going. You got me so I don’t know what I’m doing.”
p29. “Sweet Love sang Anita Baker, and Adina fell over a chair trying to get to the dance floor.”
p153. “[Keisha's 'answers'] Cameo, Culture Club, Bob Marley … [Leah's 'answers'] Madonna, Culture Club, Thompson Twins.”
p159. “That Keisha should be able to hear the Rebel MC in her ears and at the same time walk down the Willseden Lane was a kind of miracle and modern ecstasy …”
p161. “There had been an attempt over the summer to mix that Camden Lock lot with this Caldwell lot, but Keisha Blake did not especially care for Baudelaire or Bukowski or Nick Drake or Sonic Youth or Joy Division … and when Keisha brought a wondrous Monie Love 7-inch to play on Leah’s hi-fi there was something awful in the way Leah blushed and conceded it was probably OK to dance to. They had only Prince left, and he was wearing thin.”
p182. “Unable to stop staring, she made herself walk over to the jukebox and put on the song ‘Electric Relaxation’ by A Tribe Called Quest in the hope that it would relax her.”
p245. “Natalie put Reasonable Doubt in the stereo. Natalie instructed Frank to mute egregious profanity as and when it arrived.”
p274. “If I ruled the world! (Imagine that.) I’d free all my sons. Black diamonds and pearls. If I ruled the world! Was the song he was singing.”
I think that’s the lot. If I’ve missed anything, shout out.