R.I.P. Ray Bradbury: Five Musicians Who Love the Sci-Fi Author

R.I.P. Ray Bradbury: Five Musicians Who Love the Sci-Fi Author

by Chris Gray

Sci-fi fans across the world were saddened when prolific author Ray Bradbury died Tuesday, Wired magazine reported. The typewriter-loving Bradbury was 91 and lived in Los Angeles.

Bradbury was best-known for writing that set the standard for post-WWII science fiction such as Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and Something Wicked This Way Comes. His novels and stories often addressed popular Cold War-era themes such as paranoia, censorship and space travel, but Bradbury also wrote fantasy, horror and the screenplay for the 1956 Gregory Peck/Orson Welles film, Moby-Dick.

As one of the few 20th century sci-fi authors to become a household name (alongside Isaac Asimov and a few others), Bradbury inevitably developed some fans among musicians, some of whom grew quite fond of him indeed.

5. The Half Brothers: The above Seattle acoustic group takes Fahrenheit 451 to heart, advising "don't burn a book, burn your iPad instead."

4. Frank Black: The notoriously oddball Pixies front man titled his third solo album, 1996's The Cult of Ray, after Bradbury. Songs included "Kicked in the Taco," "Men in Black" and "The Creature Crawling." Black elaborates his love of the author a little more in the title track: "I saw Raymond speak one time, he said hello/ And as he opened up my mind, so fried and battered/ I heard his words so very fine so high above this constant dripping chatter."

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