Call for essential books, movies and albums (3×3)

Let’s play a game of inspiration:

Give exactly 3 books, movies, albums which are THE important ones of all times to you. These are the “if you don’t know them you’ve missed essential stuff”-ones. Make it 3 and no more! This limitation is the hard part, as you will find out if you try it.

Here are mine:


Albums: Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, Timeless by Goldie


Movies: Matrix, Clerks, Subway


Books: Lord of the Rings by Tolkien, Neuromancer by William Gibson, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

What are yours?



UPDATE: picture about StefanH’s comment (see below):


18 thoughts on “Call for essential books, movies and albums (3×3)

  1. mgm says:

    – Dave Brubeck Quartet: Live at Carnegie Hall
    – Rush: Moving Pictures
    – Gang of Four: Entertainment

    – Louis Malle: Eine Komödie im Mai
    – P. & V. Taviani: Padre Padrone
    – Jim Jarmusch: Down by Law

    – T.H. White: The Once and Future King
    – John Irving: Hotel New Hampshire
    – John Brunner: Shockwave Rider

  2. Jochen says:

    Supertramp: Crime of the Century
    Dire Straits: Dire Straits
    Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

    Tim Burton: Big Fish
    Jim Jarmusch: Night on Earth
    Peter Bogdanovich: Is’ was Doc

    J.R.R. Tolkien: Lord of the Rings
    Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea
    Anna Jürgen: Blauvogel

  3. susi says:

    – Jack Johnson: In Between Dreams
    – Foo Fighters: Best of
    – Amanda Marshall: Amanda Marshall

    – Star Dust / Sternenwanderer
    – Wunderbare Welt der Amelie / Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain
    – Lord of the Rings (minus whiny Frodo)

    – Terry Pratchett: Kleine Freie Männer / Wee Free Man
    – Christopher Moore: Bibel nach Biff / Lamb. The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
    – Joanne Fedler: Heißhunger

  4. productivemonkey says:

    Thanks folks. Very interessting.
    1. Downloaded the Brubeck Album, but still listening. First two songs were awesome.
    2. Reading Shockwave Rider now. As a fan of cyberpunkt I had this on me “Read-me-List” for years until now.
    3. Once and future king is one of my favorite books, too. It just made not the Top-3, though.

    Some interesseting music which I did not listen to for years. Have to change that :). The movies and books are a good tip, too. Thanks for that.

    I won’t read Heißhunger, my dear. 🙂

    1. itismylife says:

      – Alaska Kid, Jack London
      – The Rules of Management, Expanded Edition: A Definitive Code for Managerial Success (Richard Templar’s Rules)
      – Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt. Ein Bilderbuch, Eric Carle

  5. SIG says:

    Indeed difficult to limit to 3:

    Frankie goes to Hollywood: Welcome to the Pleasure Dome
    Frank Zappa: Joes Garage
    Peter Gabriel: (3rd Album)

    Eat the Rich
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being

    Roger Zelazny: Creatures of Light and Darkness
    Nicholas Negroponte: Digital Being
    The Holy Bible

    1. productivemonkey says:

      Frank Zappa, o my god! I’m already hearing that “turn it down, turn it down!” cries from my wife and kids. 🙂

      Actually, I read the bible already. Interessting, not only for the former atlar boy.

  6. Mel says:

    – Jillian Hoffman: Cupido
    – Steven C. Lundin: Fish! (der Klassiker von Fischmarkt in Seattle)
    – B.&A. Pease: Warum Männer lügen und Frauen immer Schuhe kaufen

    – Melissa Etheridge: the Awakening
    – Peter Gabriel: Scratch my back
    – Ben Howard: Every Kingdom

    – Highlander
    – und täglich grüßt das Murmeltier
    – Miami Vice (2006)

    1. productivemonkey says:

      Highlander is amazing (especially the scence transitions like the one from the underground parking lot to the highlands or form Mona Lisa in NY to CL’s face), but “Miami Vice”? 😉

      We definitly have a Peter Gabriel peek in music. Have to listen to some of this records, soon.

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