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Posted on May 23, 2014 01:17 pm
Among a vast array of inspirations that fueled the creation of amazing rock songs, books certainly played a major role, giving musicians cool ideas to fuse with their playing. That's what we're about to focus on here, check out the lucky 13 we rounded up below.
Iron Maiden - "Brave New World" (Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World")
Seeing that a great number of their classic tunes was inspired by works of literature, Iron Maiden get to kick off the list. We've opted for "Brave New World," an epic tune inspired by Aldous Huxley's classic novel, but we might as well have picked "Flight of Icarus," "El Dorado," "Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Out of the Silent Planet" and many more.
Pink Floyd - "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" ("I Ching")
"I Ching" clearly served as one of the prominent inspiration sources for Pink Floyd, seeing that it has also inspired "Chapter 24" track off their debut effort.
Guns N' Roses - "November Rain" (Del James' short story "Without You")
Not exactly a book, but a work of literature nevertheless, Del James' short story "Without You" inspired GN'R for "November Rain."