1. For the record, “One” is basically an adaptation of Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun. The video even incorporated huge chunks of footage from the movie.

  2. That is interesting, I didn’t know that about “One”.

    He also sang “Turn the Page”, which may indicate some familiarity with turning pages.

  3. He also had a very extensive (albeit, pretty creepy) art collection for some time (at least per Some Kind of Monster, or whatever that documentary was called), showing att least a minor appreciation for the arts.

  4. Levi: Didn’t you see the video? 🙂

    Look, all I’m saying is that there’s a big difference between Neil Peart, who drums and writes all the lyriics for Rush, and Lars Ulrich, who, for the most part, hands over the pen to James Hetfield. For all I know, the guy could be a Gaddis freak.

  5. As someone who read at an LQ event a few days later, I’m glad someone brought this up.

    Folks like Manzarek, Dr. Frank, Chuck Prophet and Penelope Houston have at least some literary connections, or convey a literary sensibility through their music. What has Metallica contributed to local lit. besides reams of crap high school poetry?

    Personally, I would have liked to have seen E-40 up there, or someone from the Anticon crew; someone local who are also doing lyrically unique within the stultifying contemporary framework of hiphop.

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