Cultural references

Musical references
  • The 1972 Yes song "Close to The Edge" from the Close to the Edge album was inspired by the book.
  • Nick Drake wrote the song "River Man" (sample) and is the second listed song from Nick Drake's 1969 album Five Leaves Left, remastered and released as a single in 2004. According to Drake's manager, Joe Boyd, Drake thought of the song as the centre piece of the album.
  • Jerry Cantrell has a song called "Siddhartha" on his Degradation Trip double album.
  • Andrew McMahon of the bands Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin has the quote "the river is everywhere" tattooed on his wrist and is currently working on a clothing line called River Apparel.
  • The Hot Water Music song "Sunday Suit" contains the line "Siddhartha style, I'll choose a path of open minds".
  • Pete Townshend's song "The Ferryman" was written for a modern production of Siddhartha in June 1976.
  • The Slovenian rock band Siddharta was named after the novel.
  • The Sons of Champlin wrote a song entitled "Swim" (1973) which was inspired by the novel.
  • Ten Mile Tide wrote a song entitled "Siddhartha" which provides a musical version of the novel.
  • Ralph McTell wrote the song "The Ferryman" also based on the novel for his 1971 album You Well-Meaning Brought Me Here.
  • Atmosphere's Sad Clown Bad Dub II album contains a song entitled "The River", believed by some to inspired by the novel.
  • The Canadian composer Claude Vivier wrote a piece in 1976 for large orchestra called Siddhartha which was inspired by the book.
  • The song "All This Time" by Sting includes references to Siddhartha.
  • Inspired by the novel, Swedish singer/songwriter J.C. Schütz wrote the song "Don't Fight The Flow" in 2012 for his fifth album Love This World, an album full of references to Buddhism.

Pyramid Song by Radiohead

Other cultural references
  • Fred Mayer published the photographic essay "Homage to Hermann Hesse and his Siddhartha", which is based on Hesse's novel.[10]
  • In Parks and Recreation, Chris Traeger, a speed reader, said, "One time I read all of Siddhartha at a traffic stop."
  • In season one of Veronica Mars, episode 19 ("Hot Dogs"), movie star Aaron Echolls (Harry Hamlin) is seen reading Siddhartha on the couch while his two children, Trina and Logan, speak with him.[11]

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