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THE CLASH: Give ’Em Enough Rope (Sony)

I went to see them at the Lyceum in London. They had such intelligence and fury in their lyrics.

They summed up the period at the end of punk when there was a sense of England changing. I did at one point have spiky red hair and tartan trousers.

I wasn’t quite into the lifestyle but I was trying.

LADY GAGA: Joanne (Polydor)

An astonishing talent. I love Million Reasons, a tragic love song, and Angel Down is almost like a song about political bankruptcy and the cynicism of our leaders: a Brexit, Trump and Corbyn song.

ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST: Hamilton (Atlantic)

I went to see this in San Francisco.

It was the best money I have spent culturally with my children because they loved the music and the history. Some songs are outstanding: The Room Where It Happens and the heartbreaking It’s Quiet Uptown.

SIA: This Is Acting

(RCA)

She is the voice of [David Guetta’s] Titanium, one of the great songs of our era about love and heartbreak.

Cheap Thrills is a rousing song about how you don’t need money to have fun. I listen to a lot of contemporary music that people recommend.

LEONARD COHEN: Songs Of Leonard Cohen/Songs Of Love And Hate (two album CD)

(Sony)

These include amazing songs, like Famous Blue Raincoat and Suzanne.

It’s a tragedy he didn’t get the Nobel Prize like Bob Dylan did. He’s the great singer-songwriter-poet of modern times.

DAVID BOWIE: Young Americans

(EMI)

Ziggy Stardust was life-changing and visionary with brilliant rock songs but I love this even more.

I was introduced to it at 16 when I went to work in a kibbutz in Israel.

The title track is about America at the time of Nixon resigning so might be relevant now. 

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