The Band That Reads Together, Stays Together
Who knew Iron Maiden was such a literary band?
Seriously. Wikipedia has a list of songs inspired by novels, and this heavy metal band seems to have quite a library a books, judging by all the literature-inspired songs in their catalog.
As I thought about songs inspired by literature, I quickly remembered Eminem’s song, “Rabbit, Run,” which was inspired by the depressing John Updike novel of the same name. (Here’s my review of Rabbit, Run).
But, apparently, Iron Maiden isn’t the only band who reads a book or two. I guess these guys have plenty of time on the road, so why not read a little Tolkien or Bellow on the bus?
Here’s just a sample of songs inspired by great books:
- “Rain King” by Counting Crows, inspired by Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
- “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John, inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- “Battle of Evermore,” “Ramble On” and “Misty Mountain Hop” by Led Zeppelin, inspired by The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- “Lord of the Flies” by Iron Maiden retells Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Iron Maiden also wrote songs based on Dune, Brave New World, Rime of the Ancient Mariner and many other songs.
- Who Wrote Holden Caulfield” by Green Day is based on Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger.
Here’s a super cool version of “Rain King” by the Counting Crows (my 2nd favorite band) to start off your weekend. And while you’re watching, what are some of your favorite songs or bands that have been inspired by literature?