Here at Flavorpill, we’re huge fans of genre crossover, particularly when one artist we love pays tribute to another one we hold dear. This week, Vol. 1 Brooklyn pointed us towards a new song by Diehard called “Steinbeck,” after, of course, the famous author. After listening, we were inspired to dig up a few more sonic odes to famous writers — not just songs inspired by their works, mind you, though there are many of those, but songs actually devoted to or inspired by the authors themselves, which are a little less common. Click through to listen to ten songs we love about famous writers we love even more — or just stream the entire playlist here — and let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorite sonic odes to authors in the comments!
“Sylvia Plath” — Ryan Adams
“I wish I had a Sylvia Plath/ Busted tooth and a smile/ And cigarette ashes in her drink/ The kind that goes out and then sleeps for a week…”
We’re sure Sylvia is the dream girl of a lot of weepy singer/songwriters’ dream girl, so we’re not too surprised to hear Ryan Adams crooning about how he wants a lady just like her. Then again, we think he might not know just what he’s getting into.