What music led you to literature? I was led to Tolkien by Led Zeppelin in a big way. It wasn't that I had never come across the books or animated movies before, but Zeppelin convinced my teenage brain that Hobbits may be cooler than Conan. Truthfully, it was much deeper than this. The Battle of Evermore evoked Lord of the Rings but it did so much more: there is the ancient Viking lore that inspired Tolkien himself; there are the references to the Arthurian legends. I am a boy who grew up with Boorman's Excalibur:
The importance of this cultural coalescence cannot be overstated.
Also, no matter how lame Sting gets in his latter years, he will always have a huge place in my heart for introducing me to the works of Carl Jung. I can't impress upon you how momentous it was to be listening to a terribly attenuated AM station some time in the 80's and hearing Synchronicity 2 for the first time. I knew even then that this juxtaposition of, this non-causal connection between, a man's nervous (possibly homicidal) breakdown with the emergence of a strange monster from a dark, Scottish lake was some heavy shit.
Mother chants her litany of boredom and frustration. But we know all her suicides are fake...
...Many miles away something crawls from the slime of a dark, Scottish lake.
It's actually quite amazing living here in the era of Bieber and Gaga and Niki Minaj that something with such deep literary and philosophical inspiration could have once come to dominate the mainstream charts.
Is Sting the last intellectual pop star our ever dumber society has produced?