Musical Accompaniment for Banned Books

This post was resurrected from a defunct music blog I worked on from 2008-2010. The blog wasn’t successful, but I always enjoyed this post.

It’s Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of artistic expression (the freedom to write) and the freedom of the press (the freedom to read), observed this year by Amnesty International, the American Library Association, and others. This isn’t just a ploy to get teenagers to read old books (as satirized by the Onion) – it’s a chance to challenge yourself and challenge those around you by reading stuff others would rather you didn’t. After all, finding those books deemed unfit for minors is pretty much what got me through high school. Rather than pick up the relatively safe (but still naughty) Canterbury Tales or Fanny Hill, here’s my list of 5 riskier and more entertaining choices, in no particular order:

And while you’re taking a well-deserved break from these challenging novels, why not listen to some banned music? We celebrate Banned Books Week, but the fight against censorship in music is still ongoing. Take a look back on…