Music’s history with James Joyce has at times been exciting and at others mystifying, but the wide range of artists Joyce has influenced is downright awe-inspiring. Some, like Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, began their musical career writing Finnegans Wake-referencing compositions, while others, like John Cage with his 1979 composition Roaratorio, an Irish circus on Finnegans Wake, have paid their respects to Joyce far into a well-established career. Some have been idiosyncratic (see Therapy?’s 1992 song “Potato Junkie”) in their approach, while others shower Joyce’s words with striking reverence, a recent example being British poet and hip hop artist Kate Tempest, who claims Joyce to be as much of an influence on her work as Wu-Tang Clan.
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