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Great Movie, Better Soundtrack

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NPR (one of my favorite news and culture resources) just offered a sneak peak at the Jay-Z produced soundtrack to the most anticipated movie of spring.  The Great Gatsby, with an all-star cast including Leo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire is sure to be a spectacle.  With such talented performers and, of course, amazing source material in the form of F Scott Fitzgerald’s Great American Novel, the movie will, no doubt, offer some new insights into the “American Dream,” wealth, class, love, and obsession.  Jay-Z’s task was to re-imagine the decadence, excess and exuberance of the Jazz age using modern genres and performers.  He pulls it off, including artists like Andre 3000 Bryan Ferry, Emeli SandeFlorence + The Machine, Jack White, and Nero.

The excitement surrounding this soundtrack got me thinking…What other movie soundtracks have become as culturally important as their movies?  Check out a few of my pics!

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What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?

~Brooke, South Side

One Response

  1. The Harder They Come is a 1972 Jamaican crime film. The soundtrack features Desmond Dekker, Toots and the Maytals & Jimmy Cliff. It played an important part in popularizing reggae in the United States.

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