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12.08.2011

Katy Perry Inspired by Jack Kerouac

I'm not a fan of Katy Perry. Her songs her a bit on the homophobic side ("I Kissed A Girl" substitutes lesbian sexuality with a type of male gazed experimental bisexuality, "Ur So Gay" was full of stereotypes). But I found this interesting: her Grammy nominated song was reportedly inspired by Kerouac (though it took five people to work on the song). Video below (around 1:18):



She says:
"I got it from a really great book called "On the Road." And he wrote a paragraph in that book called 'I want to be around people who are buzzing and fizzing and full of life and they never say a common place thing and they shoot into the sky like fireworks and make everyone go Awww" and that's me paraphrasing of course."
From the book:
“[...] the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'” 
Close enough, right?

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