Audio: Bob Dylan Inspires Arcade Fire’s WIll Butler To Write Topical Songs – ‘Clean Monday’

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler is writing and recording a song a day this week based upon news stories he reads in The Guardian.

“It was partly inspired by Bob Dylan, who used to announce that certain songs were based on headlines,” Butler told the British paper. “It would be a song he wrote in two weeks or something, such as The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, which is one of the greatest songs ever. So I’ve set myself an impossible bar.”

The first song is based on this article.

Butler also said: “I was reading The Guardian’s live coverage of the forthcoming Greek proposals of how they’re going to pay off their debts, when a little blurb popped up explaining that the Greek markets were closed today because it was “Clean Monday” – the Greek Orthodox equivalent of Ash Wednesday. It was an amazing/hilarious (well, maybe mildly amusing) coincidence to me that the Greek ministers were scrambling and figuring out how to avoid strict austerity on the day that Lent starts.”

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[I published my novel, True Love Scars, in August of 2014.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book. Read it here. And Doom & Gloom From The Tomb ran this review which I dig. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]tter

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