UPDATED: Stephen King's Five Best Rock and Roll References

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2. "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band"
Adapted for King's short-lived TV series Nightmares and Dreamscapes and originally featured as a short story in the eponymously titled collection, "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band" is a pure rock story about a husband and wife who wander into a perfect town inhabited by the spirits of dead rock stars.

On an unfortunate note, the story, first written in 1992, was updated for the 2006 teleplay to include George Harrison and Kurt Cobain, both of whom had died in the intervening years.


1. Maximum Overdrive
Stephen King may be a great novelist, but by all accounts his filmmaking endeavors might best be left to the professionals. After years of having his works mined for Hollywood films, King stepped into the director's seat and made his own film based on his 1978 short story "Trucks."

The result was Maximum Overdrive, which currently holds a 17 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It's most notable for being hilarious rather than scary, featuring a young Emilio Estevez in the starring role, and having a soundtrack composed by AC/DC at King's request. The movie may have flopped, but the soundtrack produced an enduring hit in "Who Made Who," which is featured in the opening credits of the film along with a truck featuring a giant AC/DC logo -- just in case you didn't recognize them.

This isn't the first time we've written about Mr. King. Want to read more? See also:
Top 10 Stephen King Movie Adaptations
5 Other Stephen King Novels That Could Use Sequels
Top 5 Sickest Stephen King Sex Scenes (NSFW)





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mattdhall
mattdhall

The Stand had a lot of Rock and Roll quotes in it, I think a few from Blue Oyster Cult.

eze_140
eze_140

Hey jude, Velcro fly, someone saved my life tonight, paint it black

lachanna2010
lachanna2010

the "God Drums" of Lud in the Dark Tower Series...drum track from a ZZ Top song...Velcro Fly I think?

damian.burford
damian.burford

Don't forget "Somebody Saved My Life Tonight" from The Dark Tower books! I know Elton John isn't considered Rock N Roll so much anymore, but in the 70's he was a king of RNR.

Damon Allen
Damon Allen

All good buddy, thanks for sharing article. Good read.

Corey Deiterman
Corey Deiterman

Yep, my bad, it's Danny Dirtbag, the bassist for the Meat Puppets. This is proof I know way more about Stephen King than I do about the Meat Puppets. Whether that's a good or bad thing, I don't know.

Smedley
Smedley

There's a reference to "Hey Jude" in The Gunslinger.

Damon Allen
Damon Allen

re: photo thats not Tesco Vee... jus sayin. :)

clockworktomato
clockworktomato

@Corey Deiterman Danny Dirtbag is the bassist for the Meat*men.*

The bassist for the Meat Puppets is Cris Kirkwood.


Great article, though! 

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