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March 10, 2010

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Edward Cole

Paul Simon's "Richard Corey" is a great reworking of the poem of the same name.

Joanna

Jimmy Buffett has a line in a song that goes "Travis McGee down in Cedar Key - that's what John MacDonald said" referring to an entire series of Travis McGee novels.

Yume Katoya

My favorite is probably "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane. Said to have been Grace Slick's jab at Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for using "drug-like" substances to produce "highs" and "lows" for Alice. LOL

Christina

Not sure if this counts, but The Moody Blues album "Seventh Sojourn" was "supposedly" loosely based on the Canterbury Tales - I don't believe they quote at all, but the concept was that of a journey filled with different "morality" tales.

Bartholomew Sharpe

Nick Lowe's "Cruel to be Kind" and Shakespeare's Hamlet "I must be cruel, only to be kind: / Thus bad begins and worse remains behind." Act III, Scene 4

Ben Rubinstein

I've got two. Modest Mouse's Bukowski

"Woke up this morning and it seemed to me,
that every night turns out to be
A little more like Bukowski."

And Bjork turns one of e.e. cummings' sonnets into sonic genius.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1iUgm0rQr0&feature=related

Amanda

It was a proud moment when I realized all on my own, back in high school, that "Killing an Arab" by The Cure was directly influenced by Camus' "The Stranger".

I also love Tori Amos referencing Neil Gaiman's "Snow Glass Apples" and other works in multiple songs.

the little reader

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Deep Blue Something.

Harriet

Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights"

Melissa

I love 10,000 Maniacs. I think that Hey Jack Kerouac and Gold Rush Brides were inspired by books.

Gayle

The Sheltering Sky, referenced in Tea in the Sahara by The Police.

Dana Rodriguez

I have to agree with the Kate Bush "Wuthering Heights" pick

Melinda

quite appropriate--'sheila take a bow' is a reference to shelagh delaney, the playwright (a taste of honey) on the cover of louder than bombs

EvaMarie

Amanda, you are so on target with the Cure and Killing an Arab! I love that one, the whole album, actually.

Adam

Hold Steady: "There are nights when I think that Sal Paradise was right / Boys and Girls in America, they have such a sad time together."

twitter.com/willwrite4food

How about how Steely Dan got their name? Or Ryan Adams' song Sylvia Plath?

Mark F

Ramble On by Led Zeppelin - the hardest-rocking allusion to J.R.R. Tolkien that has ever been or will ever be created.

Mimi

Charlotte Sometimes by The Cure

novelwhore.wordpress.com

Great thoughts on the intersection of music and literature (and thanks for a reminder on the many reasons to love NYC)!

Nick Hornby is my all time classic author with a heavy influence on music... But the newly released debut from Peter Bognanni, HOUSE OF TOMORROW, effectively uses punk rock to depict the emotions and feelings of his teenage characters, as well as bring them together through the lyrics of the Misfits and the Ramones: All the girls are in love with me. I'm a teenage lobotomy!

Maybe taken out of context it doesn't seem as strong, but for an angst-ridden teenage boy, solace is in the lyrics!

Amanda

Mimi -That reminds me! There's now a band called Charlotte Sometimes.

Kelly Allen

How about The Indigo Girls - Virginia Woolf. A beautiful tribute to the writer & her work.

Dawn Frederick

Not even an allusion, a tribute. "My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors" by Moxy Fruvious. I hope that's the right title to the song :)

Constance

I like that goofy song Fire sung by Bruce Springsteen (among others) which includes the lines:
Romeo and Juliet, Samson and Delilah....

Sasha

Man, "Hey Jack Kerouac" by 10000 Maniacs always makes me smile. And your example, The Police & Lolita, is geek-trivia for me.

ruth

Rush's Tom Sawyer.

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