World Book Day – Songs That Reference Books (23.04)

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World Book Day - Songs That Reference Books (23.04)Ziua Internațională a cărții și a drepturilor de autor se sărbătorește anual pe 23 aprilie și este organizată de UNESCO în scopul promovării lecturii, publicării și a drepturilor de autor. Prima astfel de manifestare s-a desfășurat în 1995.

23 aprilie marchează trecerea în neființă a doi titani ai literaturii universale: William Shakespeare și Miguel de Cervantes, precum și a altor scriitori: scriitorul peruan Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (1616), poetul englez William Wordsworth (1850), scriitorul francez Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly (1889) și poetul englez Rupert Brooke (1915).

Prin Hotărârea de Guvern nr. 293 din 14 aprilie 2005, ziua de 23 aprilie a fost declarată „Ziua Bibliotecarului din România”, astfel că în România, începând cu 2005, în ziua de 23 aprilie se sărbătorește și Ziua Bibliotecarului concomitent cu Ziua Internațională a cărții și a drepturilor de autor.

So many books, so little time” – Frank Zappa
There’s more to life than books, you know, but not much more” – Morrissey

Artist/Song: David Bowie – 1984, (from 1974’s Diamond Dogs)
Book: George Orwell’s 1984
Lyric: “They’ll split your pretty cranium and fill it full of air/And tell that you’re eighty, but brother, you won’t care/Beware the savage jaw of 1984.”

Artist/Song: Led Zeppelin – Ramble On (from 1969’s Led Zeppelin II)
Book: Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings
Lyric: “’Twas in the darkest depths of Mordor/I met a girl so fair/But Gollum, and the evil one crept up/And slipped away with her.”

Artist/Song: The Strokes – Soma (from 2001’s Is This It?)
Book: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
Lyric: “Soma is what they would take when/Hard times opened their eyes.”

Artist/Song: Gary Numan – Are Friends Electric? (from 1979’s Replicas)
Book: Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?
Lyric: “You know I hate to ask/But are ‘friends’ electric?/Only mine’s broke down/And now I’ve no one to love.”


Artist/Song: Radiohead – Dollars & Cents (from 2001’s Amnesiac)
Book: Naomi Klein’s No Logo
Lyric: “We are the dollars and cents/And the pounds and pence/And the mark and the yen/And yeah were gonna crack your little souls.”


Artist/Song: Joy Division – Atrocity Exhibition (from 1980’s Closer)
Book: JG Ballard’s collection of ‘condensed novels’ of the same name
Lyric: “Asylums with doors open wide/Where people had paid to see inside/For entertainment they watch his body twist/Behind his eyes he says, ‘I still exist.”


Artist/Song: Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle Emptiness (from 1992’s Generation Terrorists)
Book: S.E. Hinton’s Rumble Fish
Lyric: “Under neon loneliness, motorcycle emptiness”


Artist/Song: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand (from 1994’s Let Love In)
Book: A poem, more specifically – the title is taken from John Milton’s Paradise Lost
Lyric: “On a gathering storm comes/a tall handsome man/in a dusty black coat with a red right hand”


Artist/Song: The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me (from 1980’s Zenyatta Mondatta)
Book: Vladimr Nabokov’s Lolita
Lyric: “Young teacher the subject of schoolgirl fantasy… This girl is half his age… He starts to shake and cough/Just like the old man in that book by Nabokov.”


Artist/Song: The Velvet Underground – Venus In Furs (from 1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico)
Book: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s Venus In Furs
Lyric: “Severin, down on your bended knee/Taste the whip, in love not given lightly/Taste the whip, now plead for me.”


Artist/Song: Metallica – For Whom The Bell Tolls (from 1984’s Ride The Lightning)
Book: Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls
Lyrics: “Men of five, still alive through the raging glow/Gone insane from this pain that they surely know.”


Artist/Song: Ramones – Pet Sematary (from 1989’s Brain Drain)
Book: Stephen King’s Pet Sematary
Lyrics: “Molars and fangs, the clicking of bones/Spirits moaning among the tombstones.”


Artist/Song: Elton John – Rocket Man (from 1972’s Honky Chateau)
Book: Ray Bradbury’s The Rocket Man (short story)
Lyrics: “She packed my bags last night pre-flight.”


Artist/Song: Nirvana – Scentless Apprentice (from 1993’s In Utero)
Book: Patrick Suskind’s Perfume
Lyrics: “His smell smelled like no other.”


Artist/Song: The Cure – Killing An Arab (non-album single)
Book: Albert Camus’ The Outsider
Lyric: “I’m alive/I’m dead/I’m the stranger/Killing an arab.”


Artist/Song: The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For The Devil (from 1968’s Beggars Banquet)
Book: Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master And The Margarita
Lyrics: “I stuck around St. Petersburg, when I saw it was a time for a change.”


Artist/Song: Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
Book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Lyric: And if you go chasing rabbits, and you know you’re going to fall/Tell ’em a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you the call/And call Alice, when she was just small


Artist/Song: The Beatles – I am the Walrus
Book: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and King Lear by William Shakespeare
Lyric: Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe/I am the eggman, we are the eggmen, I am the walrus/Goo g’joob


Artist/Song: Iron Maiden – Brave New World
Book: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Lyric: Dragon kings dying queens, where is salvation now/Lost my life lost my dreams, rip the bones from my flesh/Silent screams laughing here, dying to tell you the truth/You are planned and you are damned in this brave new world


Artist/Song: Guns N’ Roses – Catcher in the Rye
Book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Lyric: The Catcher in the Rye again/Won’t let ya get away from him/It’s just another day like today


Artist/Song: Green Day – Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?
Book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Lyric: There’s a boy who fogs his world and now he’s getting lazy/There’s no motivation and frustration makes him crazy/He makes a plan to take a stand but always ends up sitting./Someone help him up or he’s gonna end up quitting


Artist/Song: Led Zeppelin – The Battle of Evermore
Book: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lyric: Oh, dance in the dark of night/Sing to the morning light/The dark Lord rides in force tonight/And time will tell us all


Artist/Song: Rush – Rivendell
Book: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lyric: Elfin songs and endless nights/Sweet wine and soft relaxing lights/Time will never touch you/Here in this enchanted place


Artist/Song: Bob Dylan – All Along The Watchtower
Book: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Lyric: All along the watchtower/princes kept the view/while all the women came and went/barefoot servants too


Artist/Song: The Smiths – Sweet And Tender Hooligan
Book: Charlotte Brontë – The Professor
Lyric: „In the midst of life we are in death etc.”
Don’t forget the hooligan, hooligan
Because he’ll never, never do it again

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