Three episodes. First broadcast from 20060304 to 20060318.
Exploring the use of music in crime fiction. Ian Rankin talks to fellow novelists about their passion for music and its use in books.
From Mark Billingham's web site
Last year, BBC Radio 4 made a series of programmes about the way crime-writers use music in their fiction. Presented by Ian Rankin, it featured a wide variety of writers, including myself, alongside the likes of James Lee Burke, John Connolly, George Pelecanos, Robert Crais, John Harvey, Michael Connelly, Karin Slaughter and Jim Sallis. We each talked about our own musical tastes and the way in which the music in our novels reflected our characters’ state of mind. Music can also create atmosphere, or can be used to work against it. It can be a soundtrack to action or a counterpoint to it. And of course, it can be a handy shortcut; a few lines of a particularly emotive song being able to say much more than a page or two of purple prose.
These days, it is not uncommon for crime-writers to give away CDs along with their books, the songs acting as a soundtrack to the novels. And now it seems that musicians are doing the same thing in reverse; finally repaying the compliments paid them by a host of writers who have spent years name-checking them in their books. Ian Rankin, George Pelecanos and others are collaborating with bands and songwriters; artists who can see that when it comes to a certain sort of dark storytelling, music and crime fiction share a good deal of common ground.
I’m still waiting for Morrissey to call.
01 Including Mark Billingham, John Harvey and George Pelecanos.
02 John Connolly, Robert Crais and Karin Slaughter.
03 Author Ian Rankin talks to writers who play guitar (James Lee Burke, James Sallis), writers who don't (John Connolly, George Pelecanos), a drummer-turned-poet (John Harvey), and Mark Billingham.
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