Author J.D. Salinger, the patron saint to misunderstood teens and clever troublemakers everywhere, died in New Hampshire. He was 91. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is an adolescent reading-list staple, thanks to its casual (but incisive) dialog and the smart-aleck nature of the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. He's the kid we all wished we could have been -- shrugging off consequences with x.
Salinger's influence on well-read musicians is quite strong; after all, his kind of quirky and lovably dysfunctional characters are the foundation of good story-songs. Heck, the Lookout! Records punk band the Wynona Riders even named an album J.D. Salinger. Video of them below.
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