New Rock and Roll Poetry Book: Third Rail

The book, Third Rail, features poems inspired by rock and roll.  Guns N’ Roses is the title of a poem by Campbell McGrath which starts out:

“Not a mea culpa, not an apology, but an admission:
there are three minutes in the middle of “Sweet Child o’ Mine”
that still, for all the chopped cotton of the passing years,
for all the muddled victories and defeats of a lifetime,
for all the grief and madness and idiocy of our days,
slay me, just slay me…”

The book has a forward by Bono.  You can purchase it at amazon.com or read a partial version at google books (which includes the entire version of Guns N’ Roses).  If you like Campbell McGrath, he has written several poetry books you can collect (click here to see a list of Campbell McGrath books available at amazon).

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This is the fourth in a 5-part series of posts regarding poetry and rock and roll.  See related posts:

(1) Rock and Roll, Poetry, and Eddie Vedder
(2) Van Halen (A Poem)
(3) Rock Out to Yeats

Rock Out to Yeats

Question:  What do The Cranberries, Van Morrison, and W.B. Yeats all have in common?

Answer:  Now & In Time To Be, a CD featuring rock songs using the poetry of  Yeats as lyrics.

Probably one of the most interesting contributors to the album is Shane McGowan, formerly of the punk group, The Pogues, who performs An Irish American Foresees His Death on the CD.  You can read more about the hard-living, hard-drinking McGowan at Answers.com where he is quoted as saying:

“The British press have been giving me six months to live for the past twenty years – they must be getting pissed off interviewing me by now.”

If you’re interested in reading some of Yeats’ poems on their own, Poets’ Corner has a nice selection.  If you want to buy this CD, try the vendors at amazon or see this list of vendors at google products.

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This is the third in a 5-part series of posts regarding poetry and rock and roll.  See related posts:

(1) Rock and Roll, Poetry, and Eddie Vedder
(2) Van Halen (A Poem)
(4) New Rock and Roll Poetry Book: Third Rail