Kurt Vonnegut Gets Unstuck In Heaven

kurtrip.jpgKurt Vonnegut died last night, at the age of 84; he suffered brain injuries after falling in his Manhattan apartment a few weeks ago. In addition to writing numerous novels, plays and critical essay, Vonnegut had several musical connections: Elvis Costello’s 1982 hit “Man Out Of Time” was drawn in part from Slaughterhouse-Five; soft-rockers Ambrosia used lines from Cat’s Cradle in the song “Nice, Nice, Very Nice,” earning Vonnegut a co-writing credit; and he once designed a mock album cover for Phish. R.I.P.

Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Man Out Of Time [MP3, link expired]
Ambrosia – Nice, Nice, Very Nice [MP3, link expired]
Novelist Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84 [CNN.com]

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  • sarahrose

    this reminds me of the day johnny cash died. it makes me want to wear black and drink copious amounts of whiskey. RIP kurt. you will always mean something to those of us that are literate.

  • Jfrankparnell

    “Sirens of Titan” by Al Stewart. Unfortunately.

    Tonight, call someone late at night and burp …

  • stephenbush

    My absolute favorite author in high school — and four years later in college, Vonnegut is still a fond favorite of mine. RIP.

  • heyzeus

    I believe there also was a band called Billy Pilgrim, but I can’t say for sure whether they were named after the protagonist of Slaughterhouse Five.

  • AlexG

    There was and they were.

  • JustThisGuy

    It’s strange, but I don’t feel sad at all. I like the man, and I like his writings, but this seems almost appropriate. People this good are not supposed to live this long without impending doom hanging over their heads; one might even argue that he was living on borrowed time. I think it would have been very odd to read that Vonnegut died due to old age, instead of through some strange accident.

    In fact, I’m almost glad that he died in this manner; he still had his wits about him, and even if his mouth couldn’t keep up with his brain, his writing more than made up for it. He lived a life that most of us could only imagine. I think it would have been very depressing if we had to witness the slow degeneration of a man that could be considered the Mark Twain of our generation.

  • KimPossible

    Upon hearing the news of Mr. Vonnegut’s death I immediately curled into the fetal position, holding my prized copy of Bluebeard.

    Such an incredible author.

  • KurticusMaximus

    So it goes.

    *sigh.

  • I-Am-A-Giant-Squirrel

    Surely you did not mean to overlook one of the most important musical connection of all. Naturally, I speak of Joe Satriani’s “Ice Nine.” Because if Vonnegut’s work was about anything, it was about chillingly flanged power chords and wicked pick-to-fretboard tapping.