Let’s Get Literary: Songs Inspired by Literature

What does George Orwell’s Animal Farm, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings all have in common?  They all inspired songs from well-known artists.

I had no idea that Devo wouldn’t have written “Whip It” without the help of Thomas Pynchon’s impenetrable Gravity’s Rainbow.  Watch the video again and then get the story behind ten other songs via Mental Floss.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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