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A John Waters Playlist

5 Under 35 LogoPart of the NBF’s “5 Under 35” Celebration, 2011

John WatersThe National Book Foundation will recognize the 2011 5 Under 35, five young fiction writers selected by National Book Award Winners and Finalists, on Monday, November 14, once again at powerHouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn. This year’s celebration will be hosted by filmmaker and author John Waters.

As part of the celebration, we asked Waters to suggest a playlist of his favorite songs.

1) Ray Bryant & His Combo – “The Madison Time” (from Hairspray)

2) Clarence "Frogman" Henry – “Ain’t Got No Home”
(from A Date With John Waters)

3) The Flares – “Foot Stompin’” (from Hairspray)

4) Johnny Mathis – “Chances Are”

5) Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers – “I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent”
(from Pink Flamingos)

6) The Five Du-Tones – “Shake a Tail Feather” (from Hairspray)

7) Little Richard – “Keep A Knockin”

8) Little Richard – “The Girl Can’t Help It” (from Pink Flamingos)

9) Ray Charles - “Night Time is the Right Time”
(from A Date With John Waters)

10) Gene Pitney – “Town Without Pity” (from Hairspray)

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John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. DeMented. He is most recently the author of Role Models and lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
(Photo by Greg Gorman).

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