Hooks and Books 9

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(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:

“Boot Stamping on a Human Face Forever”

The American punk rock group Bad Religion includes this cut on their thirteenth studio album, The Empire Strikes First, which was released on June 8, 2004. This is one of the tracks that was partially inspired by George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

“Brave New World”

This is the title track from the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden’s twelfth studio disc. The record dropped on May 29, 2000. Both this song and the album artwork reference the Aldous Huxley novel of the same name. The song was co-written by Dave Murray, Steve Harris, and Bruce Dickinson.

“Bright Eyes”

This tune was written by Mike Batt and recorded by Art Garfunkel. It was specifically composed for the 1978 animated adaptation of the book Watership Down. The novel was written by the English author Richard Adams and published in 1972. The rearranged pop version first appeared on Garfunkel’s 1979 platter Fate for Breakfast.


This track originally appeared as a bonus track on the Target edition of American singer-songwriter Lana Del Ray’s 2012 CD Born to Die. The song was inspired by the classic novel of the same name by Vladimir Nabokov. The original version of the song was written by Grant Liam Howe and Hannah Robinson.

“Nimrodel – The Procession – The White Rider”

This song is by the English prog-rock band Camel. It’s included on their second studio platter titled Mirage. This multi-part piece is about the famous book The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. The record hit the racks on March 1, 1974.