Cage the Elephant is considered one of the best young indie rock acts today, but the band got its start in the burgeoning music scene in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Sometime Millions contributor Craig Fehrman wrote a Kindle Single on Cage the Elephant and its influential hometown, Home Grown: Cage the Elephant and the Making of a Modern Music Scene. You can read his past Millions essays on the history of literary Time covers, Lewis Hyde’s understanding of intellectual property, and an ethnography of readers at Borders.
Why is it that now that I’m a writer I can get a job teaching? My resume as an indie rocker completely dwarfs my resume as a writer — very impressive, lots of press from fancy places and citations and awards and things. But there’s no job for that. How come that is less valid an American art form than writing poetry and saying, ‘I published a chapbook with 500 copies on some little press that some guy runs’?
Evan Allgood, ”Don’t Even Get Me Started About Opera: An Interview with Alina Simone”
Indeed, at times it seems as if every writer I’ve met since 2003 is also a musician, and most of the musicians I’ve met are, or would like to be, writers. Literary works are now routinely accompanied by purpose-made soundtracks; bands are calling upon literary writers to supply lyrics. It is not uncommon for literary readings to be bookended by musical acts, and one of the most popular current literary blogs, The Largehearted Boy, is also among the most popular music blogs. The worlds of rock and lit appear to be merging. How did this happen?
What Makes a Writer Want to Rock Out? by J. Robert Lennon
The Rumpus published an interview with a one Phil Elverum on Thursday.