We’re keeping some pretty good company in the press, lately. For example, there’s a review of Rock and Roll Baby Names alongside the new memoirs from Loretta Lynn and Carole King on Vanity Fair’s book review page.
Elissa Schapell says:
Want your kid to rock the nursery? Of course you do. Move beyond Clapton’s “Layla” and Steely Dan’s “Aja” with Margaret Eby’s Rock and Roll Baby Names: From Allison to Ziggy*** (Gotham), inspired by songs, band names, and performers. Whether you’re a fan of indie or pop, punk or funk, reggae or New Wave, heavy metal or disco, blues or bubblegum, Eby’s got the name, listing both standard and rock ’n’ roll definitions and “liner notes” on the featured song or artist. For a male baby, for example, you might consider the given name of Rancid front man Lars Frederiksen and god of metal Lars Ullrich. It’s not as hard-core as it sounds; per Eby, a Lars is “[i]ntense, edgy, but loves his mom,” and before Metallica, the latter Lars moved from Denmark to California to pursue a pro-tennis career. An option for girls, “Tobi”—as in riot grrrl Tobi Vail—connotes being “[l]aid-back, a tomboy, capable.” Liner notes: “Bikini Kill drummer Tobi Vail dated Kurt Cobain in 1990 while the two of them were collaborating on a side band called The Bathtub Is Real.” Still searching? May we suggest “Carole” and “Loretta.”