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 Sande, Florence + 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!
What’s your favorite movie soundtrack?
~Brooke, South Side