5 Things You Need to Know about the Necronomicon Ex Mortis

On February 17, 2016, I published the following post on Book Riot.

5 Things You Need to Know about the Necronomicon Ex Mortis

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Starz TV show Ash vs. Evil Dead has been given the green light for a second season, which will air in September of this year. To celebrate the show’s renewal, let’s take a look at the ancient book that stands at the center of the story–Necronomicon Ex Mortis.

Here are five things you need to know about the Necronomicon Ex Mortis.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Music Autobiographies

On June 3, 2016, I published the following post on Book Riot.

Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Music Autobiographies

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At first glance, Carlos Santana, Bettye LaVette, and Sir Tom Jones seem to have little in common. A guitar hero who at a young age immigrated from Mexico to the United States, an African-American soul singer from Detroit, and a Welsh performer who has experienced all possible aspects of the entertainment industry. What could they possibly have to do with each other?

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Songs by Metallica Inspired by Literature

On April 3, 2016, I published the following post on Book Riot.

Songs by Metallica Inspired by Literature

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Metallica is arguably one of the biggest bands in the world today. Since their debut album, Kill ‘Em All, released in 1983, the band is estimated to have sold over 110 million albums worldwide. With younger generations continuing to discover the catalogue of this Bay Area thrash metal band, their popularity only keeps increasing.

One of the reasons why Metallica has such lasting appeal is their amazing songwriting skills. Not only do they write songs that are progressive as well as catchy, their lyrics are often based on literary classics.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Eurovision Song Contest. A Primer

On Saturday May 14, 2016, Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time. Their winning contribution was the song “1944” performed by Jamala.

This year the Eurovision was broadcast in the US for the first time in the contest’s sixty-year history. Leading up to the Eurovision I published the following introductory post about the contest on Book Riot.

Eurovision Song Contest. A Primer.

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With over 200 million viewers, the Eurovision Song Contest is one of the largest TV events in the world, and on May 14 it will be broadcast in the US for the first time.

After sixty years the US will finally be treated to this wonderfully cheesy international music contest that claims to be all about the song but in actual fact is just as much about politics.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

5 Aliens We Wouldn’t Mind Being Abducted By

On January 25, 2016, I published the following post on the Quirk Books blog.

5 Aliens We Wouldn’t Mind Being Abducted By

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From 1993 to 2002, The X-Files brought conspiracy theories, Area 51, weirdos who need to eat women’s body fat to stay alive—and of course, alien abductions—right into our homes. Now, the aliens who abducted people on The X-Files were not particularly nice to their human captives, but we at Quirk believe that not all aliens are bad. Here are five aliens we wouldn’t mind being abducted by.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Songs by Iron Maiden Inspired by Literature

On March 13, 2016, I published the following post on Book Riot.

Songs by Iron Maiden Inspired by Literature

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Forty years after the band first formed in East London, heavy metal band Iron Maiden is one of the biggest bands in the world. Iron Maiden is currently touring the world behind their latest album, Book of Souls. The album title points to one of the many reasons why I am a fan of the band—when looking for inspiration to their songs, they turn to literature. In fact, listening through the Iron Maiden catalogue is like listening to the Western literary canon set to music.

So while lead singer Bruce Dickinson flies the band across the globe on his jumbo jet pilot license, let’s take a closer look at some of Iron Maiden’s songs that are inspired by literature.

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I have written about Iron Maiden and the band’s relationship to literature and history before here on The Boomerang. If you would like to learn more about the historical background to Iron Maiden’s song “The Trooper,” please click here.

In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

5 Reasons Why You Should Read Album Liner Notes

On October 3, 2015, I published the following post on Book Riot.

5 Reasons Why You Should Read Album Liner Notes

I love reading album liner notes. You know, the fine print on the inner sleeve of a vinyl record or inside the booklet that comes with the CD. I love liner notes because they contain information about musicians and bands that is rarely found in biographies or magazines.

Here are five reasons why you should read album liner notes…

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.