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Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited, 1965The former Robert Zimmerman adopted poet Dylan Thomas first name as his show business surname. Dylan was also heavily influenced lyrically by Beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the former even appearing in the often-aped music video for "Subterranean Homesick Blues."
It might not seem like it, but some musicians are actually pretty smart. And they read. Sometimes when they tackle a book or two, they'll come away so inspired they have to translate it to their own medium. Here, then, are some albums based on works of literature, so you can rock out instead of quietly scanning all those tiresome words.