Thursday, November 21, 2013

JFK Assassination Playlist

"I shouted out, 'Who killed the Kennedys?' When after all, it was you and me," sings Mick Jagger in the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil."

Lots of people are looking back to the John F. Kennedy assassination on its 50th anniversary, but one measure of its impact is in music. Here's a list of band names and songs that drew their inspiration from that tragic event. Links are to our catalog for materials we have available:

  • "Sympathy for the Devil," the Rolling Stone, Beggars Banquet (CD 4790)
  • "Abraham, Martin and John," Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Anthology (CD 10514- 10515 Disc 2)
  • "Family Snapshot," Peter Gabriel, Peter Gabriel (CD 213)
  • "We Didn't Start the Fire," Billy Joel, Storm Front (CD 9812), includes "JFK blown away"
  • "He Was a Friend of Mine," the Byrds, The Byrds (CD 5707-5710 Disc 1)
  • "Jack Ruby," Camper Van Beethoven 
  • "(Glad I'm) Not a Kennedy," Shona Laing
  • "Life in a Northern Town," the Dream Academy, Like, Omigod! The 80$ Pop Culture Box (Totally) (CD 21291-21297 Disc 6) includes "In winter 1963/it felt like the world would freeze/with John F. Kennedy"
  • "Reverence" by Jesus & Mary Chain, includes "I want to die just like JFK"
  • "I Wanna Be Jack Kennedy," Psyclone Rangers

1 comment:

  1. One more song to add: "The Day John Kennedy Died," Lou Reed, The Blue Mask (CD 21841)