Jul 112014



I just learned that one of my all-time favorite rock ‘n rollers has gone by a stage name throughout his professional life. I had no idea his surname at birth was not actually the surname I know him by. I assume he took his surname in honor of a poet. For purposes of this possibly 3-entry Last Man Standing, he will qualify. He uses a stage name and it at least happens to be the same as a famous poet. I’m not going to tell you who I have in mind. I won’t even list the most obvious rocker who fits this LMS’ criteria (an artist who’s stage surname is taken from a poet’s first name) for fear of exhausting the handful of possible entries.

As always, limit yourself to one entry per post. Let’s get it on!


  14 Responses to “Last Man Standing: Rockers Who Have Adopted Stage Names Based on the Name of a Poet”

  1. cherguevara

    Is it Bruce (Emily) Dickenson? Or Graham (Ogden) Nash?

  2. No, those are their real names, but your suggestions are funny.

  3. cherguevara

    I know, just being silly.

    Anyway, most obvious entry is Bob Dylan.

  4. ladymisskirroyale

    Cocteau Twins

  5. ladymisskirroyale

    Shakespeare’s Sister

  6. ladymisskirroyale

    Ha, I sussed you out! Pete Shelley! I didn’t know he was born Peter Campbell McNeish.

  7. cherguevara

    *If* we were talking band names, then also the Blake Babies.

  8. cherguevara

    There’s a singer, never heard a note of her music, who calls herself “Poe.”

  9. Yes, I had no idea that was his real name.

  10. Ooh, good one. There’s still the third artist I had in mind who is unclaimed. This is another guy I love and talk about a lot, if that helps.

  11. Tom Verlaine, natch!

  12. Of course! That may be the last one…we’ll see.

  13. Suburban kid

    The dude from Crass — Penny Rimbaud


  14. BigSteve

    Slim Whitman

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