To remember his inspiring career, I built a free Spotify playlist collecting the great novelist’s favorite music. The list opens with the work of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf, two artists that Pratchett listened to for writing inspiration.
Follow this link to listen to the playlist. Add any of your favorite music from Pratchett books in the comments section…
The list also includes Pratchett’s work with the folk group Steeleye Span on Wintersmith–a concept album based on more of his writing.
Here’s more about the author, from his publisher:
“In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.
“Terry faced his Alzheimer’s disease (an ’embuggerance’, as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.”
In his 14th Discworld novel, Pratchett wrote an epic tribute to the rock and roll music that inspired his career. I rounded out the playlist using Annotated Pratchett File’s comprehensive study of that novel.
“Death’s granddaughter picks up the scythe when the Grim Reaper takes a vacation. Trolls, dwarves, magicians and rock music (music played with rocks) figure in this amusing but overlong romp, which begins with the formation of a band by aspiring musician Imp y Celen (aka Buddy). Arriving in the city of Ankh-Morpork, Buddy finds a magical guitar which enables the group (a rock-playing troll, an ax-wielding dwarf and an Orangutan pianist) to drive crowds wild.”
Author photo via Twitter.