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Shvoong Home>Books>The World of Word, Tone and Picture Review

The World of Word, Tone and Picture

Book Review   by:Juditha     Original Authors: Blake; Huxley; Orwell
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The World of Word, Tone and Picture








Total communication breakdown, destroyed civilizations, houses
abandoned, simply whole world into the whirl of degradation are fertile soil
for art to flourish. Art served as a last resort, as a source of achieving
peace within a state of war. Artificial creativity was one way of showing
silent revolutions. The communication between
arts and their constant interactions leave us amazed.




The word, as the most powerful tool and weapon of all the times
represents an everlasting spring of human ingenious creativeness. Almost every
writer was inspired by the genius writings of William Shakespeare. The 20th
century writers, like Aldous Huxley and George Orwell, showed their interest in
this beautiful mind of English and
worldwide known artist. Contemporary music artists like Dire Straits and Sting
performed songs that are the adaptations of Shakespeare’s works.



Under
the influence of William Blake, Aldous Huxley started a virtual journey to the doors of perception, which triggered
Jim Morrison to name his band The Doors and to write songs in total admiration
to those writers. Huxley’s dystopia Brave
New world left an impression on the power metal band Iron Maiden, who
dedicated a whole album to this novel. We cannot forget their amazing cover of
the Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the
Ancient Mariner. The hymns in Animal
Farm, Beasts of England and Comrade
Napoleon are George Orwell’s pieces that influenced artists to think about
battered England. Inspired by Nineteen
Eighty-Four David Bowie recorded album Diamond
Dogs whereas, American band Rage Against the Machine made a huge success by
quoting sentences from the 1984 in their rebellious album The Battle of L.A. during the song Testify.





“Who
controls the past now controls the future

Who
controls the present now controls the past

Who
controls the past now controls the future

Who
controls the present now?”<1>



Possibly
one of the rare examples of the band as musical and visual perfection, Pink
Floyd was and still is a muse for
many artists. They were influenced by many writers and musicians. That showed
not only a talent but an extraordinary literary and human intelligence. They involved every branch of art in
representing their work. Sculptures on their cover albums, pop art images and
allusions on the expressionist painter Edvard Munch and his famous Scream were covering their LPs and
nowadays CDs.









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accessed at: September 16, 2007
Published: March 22, 2008   
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