(Note: This is a new edition of “Hooks and Books”, a series that once appeared on a now-defunct website.)
In this series, we explore the inspiration behind specific songs. To wit, we examine the connection between certain songs and literature. Without any further adieu, here is the latest group of hooks and books:
“Act Won (Things Fall Apart)”
This track is off the hip-hop album, Things Fall Apart, by the American act The Roots which dropped in 1999. This song, and the entire platter was inspired by the African novel Things Fall Apart. The title was meant as a tribute to the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s book published in 1958.
This song is by Brit rock band Led Zeppelin. The tune is off the group’s second studio platter appropriately named Led Zeppelin II. The song was co-written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. The lyrics of the song were actually inspired by the book, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
This one is by American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Lenny Kravitz. It originally appeared on his CD titled Strut which hit the stores in September 2014. The track was obviously inspired by Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein. Kravitz reported that the song is about the infamous man-made creature who “was a loving character, but . . . also a monster.”
“White As Snow”
This is a cut by the Irish rock band U2. It’s off the group’s 2009 album No Line on the Horizon. Word has it that frontman Bono came up with the idea of writing about a soldier’s final thoughts as he dies from terminal wounds after he read William Golding’s 1956 novel Pincher Martin.
“Soma” is a song recorded by the American rock band the Strokes. The tune was written by Julian Casablancas. It was included on their debut disc named Is This It which dropped in 2001. The cut is named for a hallucinatory drug used in the novel Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.