Q&A Tony Rivers Author and Landlord



Tony Rivers, Mountain Ash’s most famous son takes time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions. Author of the excellent Soul Crew book, Tony spends much of his time now involved in local football. He is also the landlord at the Mountain Ash Tavern, host to some of Wales’ best nights, especially when Alan McGee is DJ’ing.  The Inn is midway between Cardiff and Swansea and is known for ‘its friendly atmosphere and great shows’, but maybe not so much when the two teams meet each other next month in the Premiership. This is what he had to say…

What did you have for breakfast?
Hovis toast and a glass of milk!

What’s the best thing about Mountain

Since taking over a Mountain Ash pub 3 and a half years ago and getting involved with local football at seniors and juniors level, lots of small businesses have been quick to help us, so community spirit is alive and well, although the government and local council are doing their best to dampen it..

Which celebrity would you like to punch in the face without any repercussions?

David Cameron. Boris Johnson, Jeremy Clarkson, or any of the Top Gear presenters. See the connection here? Most Tory fuckwits deserve a punch in the face. It’s a scientific fact

 Provide us with the synopsis for your autobiography in 148 characters and what would you call it?

Football obsessed, ex hooligan B-Boy, mammys’boy, loves chocolate and coats, who never grew up until he was 35

I’d call it “A true South Wales story that didn’t involve rugby or coal”
You’ve got up to £300 to spend on one new item of menswear right now. Tell us what you’re gonna be buying?

I’ve just bought the Barbour waxed technical fog parka for just under that . I need to ship some coats out to make room, but it’s just so difficult to let go. I know exactly how Meryl Streep felt like in Sophie’s Choice now… It’ll round off a nice ensemble with my lovely new Veras x Casual Connoisseur’El Mono’boots!

If a film was made of your life, what four songs that would definitely be on the soundtrack including one for the closing credits.

Public Enemy. Rebel without a pause. When Americans say they knew where they were when Kennedy got shot, that’s the only tune i remember where I was when I first heard it. We were all sat in Geraint Psychos living room watching Def 2 on BBC2, Tim Westwoods documentary ‘Bad meaning Good’. I nearly fell off my chair when it came on. The It takes a nation of millions album is still as fresh now as it was then and still gets the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. That’s a fucking record

Eric B&Rakim. I know you got Soul

Marvin Gaye. What’s going on

Young MC. You got know how

That last question was a toughie though. A wise man once told me you should always ask what your second favourite record is, as picking a first is nigh on impossible. Heed those words and you won’t go far wrong