As you probably know by now, the great pulp fiction author Micky Spillaine died this week at age 88. (Obit here)
One of Spillaine's lesser known contributions to the arts was to inspire a then obscure saxophonist named John Zorn to create his Naked City albums, inspired by Spillaine's writing, with some tracks quoting liberally from Mike Hammer. I remember hearing them in high school through a friend, and being terrified. But, they also introduced me to Joey Baron, Mike Patton, and a whole world of possibilities. We need more of that, always.