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Uncensored Part 2: Songs for Banned Books & Freedom

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

We are pleased and honored to be co-hosts for UNCENSORED, a party to kick off Banned Books Week and to benefit the DC Public Library. Books are such a vital part of our lives and our business; we are deeply alarmed when the people who oversee the education of our children deign to limit access to them.

For this playlist, we’ve chosen songs named for great books that have been banned or challenged by school systems in the US. We hope you'll read (we’ve included a choice passage from each work), listen (spotify player below), enjoy -- then join us this Friday night at Martin Luther King Library for music, art and crafty cocktails. Tickets are available online or at the door.



Animal Farm by George Orwell
1. Animal Farm – The Kinks
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” – George Orwell


Howl by Allen Ginsberg
2. Howl – Florence + The Machine
“What is obscenity? And to whom?”  
 Allen Ginsberg


The Call Of The Wild by Jack London
3. The Call Of The Wild – David Byrne
“He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.” – Jack London


Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
4. Stranger In A Strange Land – Blitzen Trapper
“The slickest way in the world to lie is to tell the right amount of truth at the right time - and then shut up.” ― Robert A. Heinlein


Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
5. Gone With The Wind – Ella Fitzgerald
“After all, tomorrow is another day!” ― Margaret Mitchell


Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
6. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – The Pones
“Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good not to do harm.” ― Harriet Beecher Stowe


Beloved by Toni Morrison
7. Beloved – April Smith and the Great Picture Show
“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” ― Toni Morrison


The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger
8. Catcher In The Rye – Datarock
“I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.” ― J.D. Salinger


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
9. Huck Finn – The Statesboro Revue
“Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons  attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.” ― Mark Twain


Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
10. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Buffy Sainte-Marie
“They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it.” ― Dee Brown


Native Son by Richard Wright
11. Native Son – John Hiatt
“You asked me questions nobody ever asked me before. You knew that I was a murderer two times over, but you treated me like a man...” ― Richard Wright


Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin
12. Go Tell It On The Mountain – Bob Marley & The Wailers
“It’s a long way,” John said slowly, “ain’t it? It’s a hard way. It’s uphill all the way.” ― James Baldwin


Ulysses by James Joyce
13. Ulysses – Mason Jennings
“Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves.” ― James Joyce


Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
14. Lolita – Throw Me The Statue
“He broke my heart. You merely broke my life.” ― Vladimir Nabokov


Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
15. Where The Wild Things Are – Moon & Sun
“Oh, please don't go—we'll eat you up—we love you so!” ― Maurice Sendak


The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley
16. Malcolm X 
 Miriam Makeba
“The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.” ― Malcolm X


Moby Dick by Herman Melville
17. Moby Dick – Led Zeppelin
“Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me.” ― Herman Melville


Tropic Of Cancer by Henry Miller
18. Tropic Of Cancer – Megan Reilly
“I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it.” ― Henry Miller


The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
19. The Sun Also Rises – The Ventures
“How did you go bankrupt?"
Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.”
― Ernest Hemingway


The Words of César Chávez by Richard J Jensen
20. César Chávez – El Vez
“When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines the kind of men we are.” ― César Chávez


The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
21. Scarlet Letter – Atlas Trees
“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne


1984 by George Orwell
22. 1984 – Van Halen
“The best books... are those that tell you what you know already.” ― George Orwell


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