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JD Salinger, seminal author of the seminal book ‘Catcher in the Rye’, has died. This prompted an outpouring of responses from every corner of society, ranging from ‘we have lost a true literary icon and the purest encapsulation of man’s coming of age from idealistic teenager to weary cynic’ to ‘Wait a minute – he wasn’t dead already?’ Salinger was struck down in the prime of his life, at the tender age of 91, leaving disaffected teenagers everywhere without a misanthropic shut-in to idolise.
In tribute to Mr. Salinger, I present you an extra-special, Holden Caulfield-inspired list of music. To be honest, this mostly boils down to songs about being a teenager (as I am now, apparently, grown up, it has been many a year since I actually read Catcher in the Rye), but a few of the tracks have other connections. Can you, dear make-believe reader, think of any other good Salinger-related songs? Also in tribute to Mr. Salinger, I present you with what is shaping up to be the most mind-blowingly awesome (in every sense of the word, from the literal to the hair metal) album cover of 2010 (courtesy of the AV Club). I’m pretty sure it would have been ol’ JD’s favourite release of the year, may he rest in peace.
‘That’s the whole trouble. You can’t ever find a place that’s nice and peaceful, because there isn’t any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you’re not looking, somebody’ll sneak up and write “Fuck you” right under your nose. I think, eve, if I ever die, and they stick me in a cemetery, and I have a tombstone and all, it’ll say “Holden Caulfield” on it, and then what year I was born and what year I died, and then right under that it’ll say “Fuck you”. I’m positive.’ (Catcher in the Rye)
‘He said he talked to Jesus all the time. Even when he was driving in his car. That killed me. I can just see the big phony bastard shifting into first gear and asking Jesus to send him a few more stiffs.’
‘It’s full of phonies…’ (Catcher in the Rye)