Prehistory as sonic inspiration: palaeontological heritage in popular music

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Apparently palaeontology is deeply rooted in popular music. Just take bands like T. Rex, Mastodon, Dinosaur Jr, The Ammonites, Mammoth, and Novi Fosili (the new fossils), and you get the picture. Digging into this subject matter it turns out that the extinct residents of prehistoric times have inspired not only band names, but also record and song titles and album cover artwork. In this paper I explore fossils as sonic inspiration or, if you wish, music for the extinct.


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  • Music
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Issue number6
Specialist publication or newspaperGeology Today
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 1
Publication categoryResearch