The Bookshop Band: music inspired by books

05 November 2014

We have a new obsession: The Bookshop Band. Not only do they play their songs in bookshops, but they're inspired by the books they've read. Ben Please, Beth Porter and Poppy Pitt formed the band in 2010, and the rest is history. Here are some of our favourites:

'Rotating', based on Some Luck by Jane Smiley:

“Rural America in the first half of the twentieth century is quite distant, another world from here, but reading Jane's book was so evocative of the era we felt were were effortlessly dropped into the world and lives she describes here and we wanted to get some of that feeling out. There are a couple of lines taken straight from the book, but otherwise we also wanted to get the central idea that gets to us as readers, of this family growing and emerging from this farm, spreading their wings in the best way each of them can as the world inevitably changes around them.” – Ben Please

'Bobo and the cattle', based on Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller:

Alexandra Fuller was the daughter of white settlers in 1970s war-torn Rhodesia. Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is a memoir of that time, when a schoolgirl was as likely to carry a shotgun as a satchel. It's a story of civil war and of her family’s unbreakable bond with a continent which came to define, shape, scar and heal them.

'The word keeper', based on Embassytown by China Mieville:

Only a tiny cadre of unique human Ambassadors can speak Language, and connect the two communities. But an unimaginable new arrival has come to Embassytown. And when this Ambassador speaks, everything changes.

'The Falling', based on Eyrie by Tim Winton:

Tom Keely has lost his bearings. His reputation in ruins, he finds himself holed up in a flat at the top of a grim high-rise, looking down on the world he’s fallen out of love with.

He has cut himself off, and intends to keep it that way, until one day he runs into some neighbours: a woman from his past and her introverted young boy. The encounter shakes him up in a way he doesn’t understand and, despite himself, Keely lets them in.

Which book would you like to hear inspire a song?