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Musicians Inspired by Harry Crews

When novelist Harry Crews passed away, he left behind novels, magazine articles and a musical legacy.  Classics Rock! compiled a list of all the musicians who were inspired by the late writer. Check it out:

In 1989, Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth), Lydia Lunch, and Sadie Mae formed a band called Harry Crews and released one album, a collection of live performances, called Naked in Garden Hills after Crews’s novel. As Spin Magazine points out in a review, “lyrics to some of the songs—notably ‘The Knockout Artist,’ ‘The Gospel Singer,’ and ‘Car’—are inspired by Crews’s stories, though the connection is loose, a sort of Cliff’s Notes/free-association combo. Once in a while the lumbering brake-shop squall of the music suggests something of Crews’s stories….”

The Harry Crews Online Bibliography created a giant list of obituaries and essays written about Crews. Below, we’ve linked to some older articles highlighted by the website.

Older Essays about Harry Crews

· Harry Crews’ Mother is his Best Critic, Jeff Calder, SwimmingPoolQs.com
· Out of the Gates, Slowly Bleeding: The Life & Times of Harry Crews, Rich Weidman, Alternative Reel
· When Harry Met Dennis, Dwight Garner, The New York Times
· Book Ads: The Golden Age, 1962-73 & Crews slide, Dwight Garner, The New York Times

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