Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Philip K. Dick Playlist (a selection of songs/works mentioned in his books)

Thanks to David Gill for sharing the complete list (and whoever made it)

Bach - Sleepers Awake
Beethoven - Quartet #13
Berg - Wozzeck
Berlioz - Roman Carnival Overture
Bizet - Carmen
Brahms Symphony #3
Captain Beefheart - (unspecified)
Dowland - Flow My Tears
Jerome Kern - Old Man River
Liszt - B Flat Sonata
Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead
Gilbert and Sullivan - HMS Pinafore
Handel - Belshazzar
Bob Dylan - "I Gave Her My Mind" (PKD might have meant this song)
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit
Debussy - La Cathedral Englouti
Donizetti - L'Elisir d'Amore - una furtiva lagrima
Karl William Dittershand - Song of the Wind
Koto Music
Paul McCartney - Teddy Boy
The Mamas and the Papas - Young Girls are Coming to the Canyon
Mozart - Symphony #40
Jan Peerce - Bluebird of Happiness
Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsk
Puccini - La Boheme - thy tiny hand is frozen
Purcell - Dido and Aeneas
Ray Noble's Orchestra - Turkish Delight
Linda Ronstadt - You're no Good
Ravel - La Valse
Schubert - Erlkonig
Schumann - Happy Farmer
Sibelius - Symphony #7
Frank Sinatra - I've got Spurs that Jingle Jangle Jingle
Pete Seeger - Out on Penny's Farm
Stockhausen - Gesang der Jungelinge
Stravinsky - Firebird Suite


  1. I miss Monteverdi, John Dowland, and anothers medieval musicians.

  2. if you know anything about medieval music, I'd welcome suggestions as to the best recordings (or what was available in the 50s and 60s)

  3. You mention a complete list ... is that available somewhere? Because the above really only is a very small selection of all the music / musicians / composers mentioned in his work. The list from "Mary and the Giant" must be almost as long ...

    (Although it obviously lists some songtitles PKD made up for his characters ...)

  4. These are mentioned in Transmigration of Timothy Archer (in addition to Teddy Boy, Dido):

    Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers: Sister Morphine. [when Angel and Jeff fight]

    These are mentioned when the Bishop proposes rock music at Grace Cathedral: Zappa, T Rex [Marc Bolan], Janis Joplin, Kantner & Slick, Ray Davies.

    Fidelio. Album Angel got for Tim

    On radio: Santana

    Lovely Rita Meter Maid [Angel gets ticket]

    Missa Solemnis (Angel sold Archer this album)

    Gian Carlo Menotti's opera The Medium, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole [visit to medium]

    Bishop and Angel discuss funeral music: Kiss, Sha-Na-Na, Patti Smith Group.

    Kibo No Hikari (Light of Hope). Kimio Eto. Barefoot gives to Angel.

    Story opens and closes December 9, 1980 -- day after John Lennon's death.