Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy Birthday, Charles Dickens

"Easy Livin'," by Uriah Heep:

Uriah Heep are an English rock band, formed during the late '60s. While never as popular as Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin, they are notable metal pioneers who earned respect through some good melodies, a robust keyboard and for being the only decent band to ever name themselves after a Dickens character. Their first album also referenced the David Copperfield antagonist in its title, Very 'eavy... Very 'umble, and was panned in Rolling Stone with the hook "If this group makes it I'll have to commit suicide."

On his 200th birthday, I hope that listeners are drawn to Dickens by "Easy Livin'," just as Maiden disciples seek out Coleridge and Metallica fans pick up Hemingway.

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