Can a book have a soundtrack?

by Eric Shalit, Blog Developer on December 15, 2010

If a book can have a soundtrack, this is it. Jonathan would surely have crammed these tunes onto his playlist. Click the link at the bottom to see the complete list of 25 songs. Did I leave anything out? Post a comment and maybe we’ll add it.


The 1971 Concert for Bangladesh version of “Here Comes the Sun” is less orchestral than the Beatles’ original but acoustically fantastic. Like George Harrison, Telly clamps a capo on the seventh fret to get that “sweet harp sound.”


Eddie and Telly play the Bob Dylan classic “Masters of War”, which Jonathan calls “a chug-a-chug-a rant against military madness.” Here’s the Pearl Jam version.


Pink Floyd’s classic “Wish You Were Here” blends timeless themes with great guitars.


Jonathan would have loved Patti Smith’s darkly poetic version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.


Eddie Vedder and Telly play “Society,” while Jonathan sits on “the timid couch,” guitarless. Jonathan is particularly impressed with the one bent note in Eddie’s lead, which he calls “the cry of all humans for love.” Here’s Eddie’s original, featured on the soundtrack of the movie “Into the Wild”.

Click here to view the entire playlist.

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