Intellectual Property Theft is Just a Synonym for Inspiring These 5 Songs Based on Books

Artists draw inspiration across mediums all the time – whether they’re conscious of it or not (or willing to admit it or not). In these five cases, musicians took to various novels to inspire some of their most poignant songs. In some cases, the references are obtuse, and you’d have to really go digging to figure out what literary work is being referenced. In other cases, it’s pretty obvious. Either way, we all feel a little smarter when we make the realization, and can (from atop our musical pedestals) make grand proclamations about the deeper meaning of a given song. Climb down from your pedestal and take a minute to really learn where some of our favorite songs come from.
Intellectual Property Theft is Just a Synonym for Inspiring These 5 Songs Based on Books
Artists draw inspiration across mediums all the time – whether they’re conscious of it or not (or willing to admit it or not). In these five cases, musicians took to various novels to inspire some of their most poignant songs. In some cases, the references are obtuse, and you’d have to really go digging to figure out what literary work is being referenced. In other cases, it’s pretty obvious. Either way, we all feel a little smarter when we make the realization, and can (from atop our musical pedestals) make grand proclamations about the deeper meaning of a given song. Climb down from your pedestal and take a minute to really learn where some of our favorite songs come from.
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These are only five of the countless songs based on books, and honorable mention must be made for Radiohead’s 2+2=5, Led Zeppelin’s No Quarter, and Sufjan Steven’s A Good Man is Hard to Find. However, the above five are unique for the literature they cover because of the relevancy each work has to the work of the musician. Whether there’s a disconnect (as in between Shakespeare and Taking Back Sunday) or a direct correlation (a cyberpunk universe and Sonic Youth), these five bands take great, sometimes unknown, works and reframe them in the context of music. Expressing the same ideas through a completely different medium allows a whole new conversation to take place about the very issues that the great artists of our era seek to unravel.

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