Ten Fantastic Songs Brought to You By Books

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Anyone decrying the death of books has only to check out the music world to see that literature is still alive and kicking, even if the authors of said work aren’t. For example, just recently we spoke to Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar about their collaborative album based solely on beat-poet and alt-culture icon Jack Kerouac’s novel Big Sur. While the duo’s record, the October-release One Quick Move or I’m Gone, is an ode to the written word, it’s hardly the first. Here are 10 fantastic songs brought to you by books:

1. “Song for Myla Goldberg” by The Decemberists
Although Decemberists scribe Colin Meloy might as well be a librarian of classic folklore, this tune from the band’s Her Majesty is about the contemporary author of 2000’s Bee Season. Let’s hope Meloy doesn’t follow it up with “Ode to Stephenie Meyer.”

2. “Stuck Between Stations” by The Hold Steady
The lead track on The Hold Steady’s whiskey-fueled Boys and Girls in America cops its best line from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. “Boys and girls in America have such a sad time together” could be The Hold Steady’s entire catalog pared down to one line.