Tonight, the Bushwick Book Club
hosts its second-to-last reading and discussion of the year, at Goodbye Blue Monday
. The meeting will discuss Darwin's Origin Of Species, which, if you've never read it, is actually a bit of a slog. How are they going to spice it up, you ask? Well, the Club's "discussions" are more performances than anything else, with participants writing songs that are inspired by or directly referencing the book of the month. The songs are recorded and posted on the Club's MySpace page, with titles ranging from "James Arriving" (inspired by James and the Giant Peach
) to less obvious titles like "The Ballad of Francine Pefko," which takes its inspiration from the same Vonnegut novel
as the venue in which it was originally performed. One can only imagine what kooky songs those krazy kids are going to come up with for Darwin.
So, in the L Magazine/Listicle tradition, we've assembled a few other songs inspired by books—some are obvious, some are not, but most should be locked away forever, and never listened to again...
Guns 'n' Roses do Salinger, badly.
Coldplay riffs on the secret of life, the universe and everything.
Phish journeys to a faraway Christian land.
Iron Maiden takes a dose of Soma.
The Alan Parsons Project is watching you.
And Celine Dion takes us to new heights with this number.