(Note: This is a new edition of “Hooks and Books” which 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:
This track is by the alt-folk band known as the Evangenitals. It is off their 2014 album Moby Dick; or, The Album. It was written by band co-founder Juli Crockett. Crockett has long had a love of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick and the entire album certainly exemplifies that.
This track is the premiere single by the American singer-songwriter known as King Princess. The song was put out on February 23, 2018. It was the first single off her debut EP, named Make My Bed. The track’s a tuneful tribute to the 1952 book The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith.
This classic Kiss cut comes from the American band’s premiere platter Kiss which dropped in February 1974. The song was co-composed by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. Simmons told Classic Rock magazine: “I read a book called 100,000 Years where 100,000 years ago we were visited by aliens.”
“Adventure of a Lifetime”
Coldplay is off the Brit pop band’s 2015 CD titled A Head Full Of Dreams. This groovy disco ditty dropped on November 6, 2015. The song was inspired by the 2009 book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
“Amerika” is the title track from the 2016 Young the Giant disc Amerika. The tune was inspired by Franz Kafka’s novel of the same name which includes details about Kafka’s relatives. the band noted they discover contradictions between “the beliefs of this polarized American Modern Age and those of the romanticized cultures of our forefathers.”