->''Other children got given xylophones. Susan just had to ask her grandfather to take his vest off. Yes. There's a Death in the family. It's hard to grow up normally when Grandfather rides a white horse and wields a scythe Ė especially when you have to take over the family business, and everyone mistakes you for the Tooth Fairy. And especially when you have to face the new and addictive music that has entered the Discworld. It's Lawless. It changes people. It's called Music With Rocks In. It's got a beat and you can dance to it, but... It's alive. And it won't fade away.''

The 16th ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel, and third in the Death theme: much more a sequel to the first Death book, ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', than the second, ''Discworld/ReaperMan''.

There are two interconnected plots: in the first, the deaths of Mort and Ysabell in a car(t) crash cause another case of DeathTakesAHoliday after a HeroicBSOD, leading to his "granddaughter" (Mort and Ysabell's daughter) Susan taking over The Duty, and incidentally becoming one of Disc fandom's favourite characters. She only met her grandfather once or twice as a young child, and afterwards was raised by her parents to take a very cold and rational view of things, which is not much of a survival trait on the Disc.

In the second, young Llamedosian musician [[MeaningfulName Imp y Celyn]] comes to Ankh-Morpork to make his fortune and winds up becoming a musical sensation when he inadvertently invents the Discworld's equivalent of Rock & Roll.

Unfortunately for the young [[TheRockStar "Musics With Rocks In" Star]], supernatural forces have conspired that he should live fast... and die young. Can Susan fight fate and save his life?

Was made (along with ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'') into an AnimatedAdaptation. The L-space entry is [[http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/soul-music.html here]], and explains the numerous sly references to famous bands and songs. A fan-created expanded version is [[http://wiki.lspace.org/wiki/Book:Soul_Music/Annotations here]] and picks up the slack since the official annotated Pratchett file has not been updated for six years.

[[DontExplainTheJoke This novel's title is a pune,]] [[RunningGag or play on words,]] on (of course) [[{{Soul}} the kind of African-American music that arose in the '50s and '60s and enjoys a high level of popularity in Britain today]]. According to certain Australian fans, the inspiration for the book came during Pratchett's visit to Australia, when, upon discovering that Pratchett had never seen ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', the fans promptly "abducted" him and took him to a midnight screening of the film.

Preceded by ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', followed by ''Discworld/InterestingTimes''. Preceded in the Death series by ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', followed by ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}''.

!!''Soul Music'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Death's scythe. (Which is temporarily converted to Death's [[spoiler:guitar pick.]])
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking:
-->"[Music With Rocks in It] made you want to kick down walls and ascend the sky on steps of fire. It made you want to pull all the switches and throw all the levers and stick your fingers in the electric socket of the Universe to see what happened next. It made you want to paint your bedroom wall black and cover it with posters."
* AssKicksYou: Asphalt the troll got so short and squat because the circus elephants he used to tend kept sitting on him.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: More like be careful what you ''swear'': Imp, yelling at his father before he leaves home for Ankh-Morpork, vows that "One day soon ''everyone'' will say I was the greatest musician in the world!" [[spoiler: The Music evidently picked him because he hadn't properly thought out the implications of the "soon" and "was", i.e. that it'd mean he ''had'' to die young to make good on this vow.]]
* BeQuietNudge: Attempted in vain by Ridcully, trying to make Ponder shut up about the sound-trapping boxes. Not only does Ponder keep right on blabbing to Dibbler, but he openly and cluelessly calls attention to how the Archchancellor'd kicked him.
* BewitchedAmphibians: The music shop keeper threatens to invoke this trope on Glod and Cliff because she belongs to the Neighborhood Witch scheme.
* BilingualBonus:
** Imp y Celyn is Welsh for "Bud of the Holly". And if you haven't got it yet, don't translate the middle bit. [[spoiler:Made all the better that the entire end of the book is an allusion to the song American Pie, which was about Buddy Holly's death.]]
** His first song was called "Sioni Bod Da". "Bod Da" is Welsh again for "be good" ([[Music/ChuckBerry Johnny B. Goode]]).
* BlindingBangs: Skazz, wizard student.
* BrawnHilda: The valkyrie.
* BrickJoke: The one thing the men in the Klatchian Foreign Legion can remember is sand, because it's all around them. When the Death of Rats tries to sense where Death has wandered off to, the one memory of his that ''it'' can tune into is also sand.
* BrownNote: Death is not musical; Death cannot create. But there is one piece of music he knows - one that he has to know by virtue of his Duty. It is the sound that heralds the end of the universe.
* BusCrash: The death of Mort and Ysabell, the lead characters of ''Discworld/{{Mort}}''. Rather than being a casual way to dispose of a couple of characters, it provides the major emotional underpinning of the story, which is about ''Death actually experiencing bereavement first-hand''. It also shows the amazing amount of character development Death has undergone since we first met him in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''. Some of the interplay between him and Susan as they both work their way through their grief is downright heartwrenching.
* CallBack:
** One of the assassins sent to kill Imp and co. says that a troll can be killed by a strike to 'a little spot at the back of the neck'. This is how Rincewind (accidentally) killed a troll in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''. Note that the Assassins' Guild members had no idea how to defeat Detritus when he confronted them in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', so presumably they'd held a refresher course on troll-killing after that professionally-embarrassing incident.
** When talking about the times a pocket full of decent spells and a well-charged staff got him out of trouble, the Archchancellor mentions "that dragon, you remember" which may refer to the dragon in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards!'', although that would be a bit of a continuity error as Ridcully hadn't come back to Unseen University to be Archchancellor at that point, prior to which he spent the past 40 years in the countryside, and during that book the wizards don't have any part in actually solving the dragon problem.
* CallForward: Dibbler, regaling the Band about the prospects for future tours, mentions the Counterweight Continent as a possibility ("They're talking about discovering it again real soon"). It's a safe bet that Pterry was already planning ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' when he wrote that line.
* CanisLatinicus: The AnimatedAdaptation shows Ridcully performing the Rite of Ashkente on camera and invents ritual words of this type for it.
* ComicallySmallDemand: Glod is a ''terrible'' negotiator, and doesn't know it. His attempts to haggle on The Band's behalf invariably end up with him just barely keeping the other party from ripping them off ''worse'' than the initial offer. Cliff helps, but isn't much better: the best he can manage is to get an extra 20 dollars out of Dibbler, who was ''expecting'' to be unable to bargain them down to less than a hundred total.
* ContinuityNod:
** When Susan goes back to Death's house as it was in ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', she notes that the golden harvest fields around it vanish, as Death created those in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' between the two books.
** When Susan tells Albert that she's sixteen, he asks her how long she's ''been'' sixteen. This isn't a loony question: in ''Mort'', Susan's mother Ysabell was sixteen years old, and had been (thanks to the timeless state of Death's residence) for thirty-five years.
** When the Band With Rocks visits Sto Lat as part of their tour, [[spoiler:[[Discworld/{{Mort}} Queen Keli]]]] is briefly referenced.
* CoolShades: Cliff wears them. In the AnimatedAdaptation he never takes them off.
* CreativeSterility: This is how Death beats the Music at the end -- it's previously been established that he has no grasp of music despite trying to play the banjo and organ, and now it's explained why: [[spoiler:since he's Death, the only chord he can play is the one that is the musical equivalent of mathematical zero, the 'empty chord' that will bring the whole rhythm of the universe to an end unless the Music revives Buddy to play on]]. Susan herself admits she's not very musical when speaking with a Valkyrie, suggesting she may have inherited a bit of this trait. Which explains why [[spoiler:nobody suggested ''she'' play the guitar to avert the universe's end.]]
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: The Music's view of things.
--> ''You will live forever. They will say you never died.''
* DeafComposer: Averted, as being deaf doesn't make them unable to hear the music, just the distractions.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
--> "mumblemumbledon'tseewhymumble," mumbled the Dean
* DeusExitMachina: Death. It doesn't take long for the story to resolve itself once he's done soul-searching.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Buddy's behaviour when the Music takes him over is ''a lot'' like a musician on drugs.
* DumbAndDrummer: Averted with Cliff, who's not too stupid, and played straight with Scum.
* DreadfulMusician / GarageBand: Crash, Noddy, Jimbo and Scum and their everchanging band names.
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** We see Ponder and Adrian working on the early prototype of what will become the MagicalComputer Hex in the next book, ''Discworld/InterestingTimes''. It uses a small version of the stone circle computers seen in ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'' and also ants, as seen in later books ("it may work, if we can get all the bugs into it").
** Cliff and Glod make a brief mention of a Golem called [[Discworld/FeetOfClay Dorfl]]. With an early TitleDrop, too!
** Proposing places to send The Band on future tours, Dibbler lists the Counterweight Continent, saying that "they're talking about discovering it again real soon now". The next book, ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', is set there.
* EarWorm: The Music With Rock In isn't just addictive, it's ''contagious''.[[invoked]]
* ElvishPresley: A recurring gag for Buddy.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Satchelmouth, a Musicians' Guild enforcer, has done the finger foxtrot and the skull fandango, but is repelled by the idea of actually killing someone. At least, on purpose.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep / HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: Colon and Nobby debate which of these applies to Death when they argue over whether he has a first name.
* ExactWords: Imp's carelessness with verb tense was just asking for trouble:
--> "One day soon ''everyone'' will say I was the greatest musician in the world!"
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Llamedos is Wales turned up to the extreme. ("It has rain mines!")
* FiveSecondForeshadowing: Glod and Cliff can't see Susan when Buddy can. [[spoiler:They see her in the climax, minutes before they all realize that the band died in the cart crash.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Subtle enough that it's easy to miss. But asides early in the text talk about the Listening Monks, who have discerned what the words spoken by the Creator were just before he made the universe -- "One, Two, One Two Three Four..." --, which might ''appear'' to be just a thematic gag to go with the musical theme, save for the fact that Buddy's guitar has a single stroke of chalk on it. A single stroke, when every other musical instrument in the shop has a number on it, the order in which they were acquired...
** The first version of the studs/sequins on the Dean's leather jacket spell out the misspelt phrase "Live Fats Die Yognu". Written around properly, this becomes [[spoiler: "Live Fast Die Young" -- which is not only an actual trope associated with rock and roll stars, but also ''exactly'' what the Guitar intends to happen to Buddy in order to cement him as the greatest musician in the world]].
* ForWantOfANail: Death reveals that [[spoiler:if Buddy had gone to a different city, he wouldn't have become a famous musician and died young. In the alternate timeline, he sends Buddy to a fish shop in another city, where Buddy is happier.]]
* FreeWheel: {{Lampshaded}} in the description of the crash that kills Susan's parents.
--> Then the oil from the coach lamps ignites and there is a second explosion, out of which rolls -- because there are certain conventions, even in tragedy -- a burning wheel.
* GenreSavvy:
** The Librarian quits the band the moment Dibbler gets involved.
** Glod is too savvy to be fooled by UU students into calling the Librarian [[BerserkButton the M-word]]. He turns it around on them.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** This scene:
--->'''Asphalt:''' 'N elphant sat on me.\\
'''Glod:''' ''[blowing his nose at Asphalt's smell]'' Only sat?
** Also the wizards' blue suede shoes: "Modo says they're crêpe."
* GreatBallsOfFire: A wannabe Music With Rocks In star known as Crash tries to form a band with his friends, but one of their many problems is that Crash is more concerned with style over substance. This compounds their other major problem, which is the fact that [[DreadfulMusician they stink on ice.]]
* TheGrimReaper: Naturally.
* GroinAttack: Binky has good aim with a kick, which is why he isn't stolen when Susan leaves him in an Ankh-Morpork alley.
* GroupieBrigade: Acknowledged. Glod worries if the crowd will tear off Buddy's clothes.
* HellBentForLeather: The Dean gets a leather jacket with "Born To Rune" on the back. (No, he doesn't know what it means either, it just seemed appropriate.) It comes back in some later books, usually when the Wizards are going to war against something major.
* HumanResources: Lias/Cliff pays most of the Band's expenses by knocking out and trading away his own diamond teeth (another ShoutOut: shine on, you crazy diamond....)
* HurricaneOfPuns: The book is half homage to the birth of Rock n Roll, half an excuse to come up with as many Discworld-themed puns on every band name in existence.
* ISophagus: Mentioned. Some kid with a penny-whistle played without the Guild's consent. He now plays a scale every time he hiccups.
* ItTastesLikeFeet: Ridcully says that Crash's attempt at playing an electric guitar sounds ''exactly'' like a cat taking a crap with a sewn-up bum, much to Ponder's alarm.
* KilledOffForReal: Mort and Ysabell. The question of why their deaths stick, even though -- or ''especially because'' -- they are part of Death's family, is addressed.
* LamarckWasRight: Susan has several of [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Death ]]
's abilities, such as the ability to become invisible; despite the fact that she is only [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Death ]]
's granddaughter by adoption, and some of those abilities shouldn't be inheritable anyway. [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Death ]]
points out that this is probably the result of MorphicResonance rather than heredity.
* LamePunReaction: The fat guard reacts this way to Nobby's "harp-lyre" joke.
-->'''Fat guard:''' You've just been waiting all your life to say that, ain't you Nobby. I bet you was born hoping that one day someone'd say 'That's a harp' so you could say 'lyre', on account of it being a pun or play on words. Well, har har.
* LegionOfLostSouls: The Klatchian Foreign Legion.
* LiteralMinded: The Archchancellor doesn't understand the phrase "to kick some righteous ass" and wonders where he can find a donkey.
* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: Buddy's guitar is bought from a little shop that Glod is certain wasn't there last time he was in the neighborhood, which sells magical and mythic musical instruments. Played with: when Glod goes back to look for the shop again later, he's sure it will have disappeared, and he seems to be right until he realizes that it's on the other side of the street from where he was looking for it.
* MagicalComputer and {{Magitek}}: We get our first glimpse of what will, in later books, become Hex.
* MedievalStasis: This is the last book to really use the plot that an alien element threatens to break the Disc's stasis but is then subject to ResetButton. Notably the Patrician mentions it in ''Discworld/TheTruth'' in a rare case of being WrongGenreSavvy.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName:
-->'''Glod''': I'm a dwarf. We know about money. Knowing about money is practically my middle name.\\
'''Lias''': That's a long middle name.
* MoodWhiplash: The same page with a funny moment involving Glod and the band's '''[++FIVE THOUSAND D++]'''--''mmfmmf'' leads into [[spoiler: the spirit of Music making the final parallel between Buddy and real rockstars: Live Fast, Die Young.]]
* MustHaveCaffeine: The Music-influenced wizards become fixated on, not just coffee, but ''frothy'' coffee. This plus overenthusiastic magic results in an entire coffee shop filling up with bubbles.
* MyLittlePhony: Susan gets a "My Little Binky" toy for her third birthday from her grandfather, modeled after his pale horse, Binky. His parents return it, fearing that it will make her a less "normal" child.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Cliff accidentally sits on Imp's harp; if not for that, they never have found the guitar that starts the story.
** Susan's parents raising her to be entirely rational trips her up when they die, DeathTakesAHoliday, and Susan finds herself unprepared to handle the responsibility.
* NoodleImplements: "If you blow that, you'd better have a [[VirginSacrifice sacrificial virgin]] and a big cauldron of breadfruit and turtle meat standing by."
* NoodleIncident: "The Unfortunate Incident At Dinner" that resulted in the Bursar of [=UU=] being provided wooden eating utensils instead of metal ones. [[spoiler:It's actually a CallBack to ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' when the Bursar witnessed the revived Windle Poons walk past. He was so terrified, ''he bit through his spoon.'']]
* OnlySaneMan:
** Ridcully and Ponder are the only ones of the wizards not affected by the Music. He is happy to find Susan.
** For the Band with Rocks in, Glod is by far the one with the most common sense... not that this is saying a whole lot.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring:
** Death outlives his adopted daughter and son-in-law. He knew it was going to happen, and he offered them immortality, but they preferred to live out their lives. The grief catches him by surprise and causes him to undergo HeroicBSOD.
** [[spoiler:Buddy dies in the timeline where he becomes a huge star, like he promised his father.]]
* OverlyPrepreparedGag: One could be forgiven, on finishing the book, for thinking that it was all a ploy for Pterry to make the following joke:
--> [[Music/KirstyMaccoll "There's a new boy working at the fried fish stall, and I could swear he was Elvish!"]]
* ThePeteBest: In-universe, some of the characters say that this will be the fate of the Librarian, who plays the piano with the Band for one gig before quitting.
* PetHeir: One of Susan's first "customers" as acting Death is a grumpy old man who leaves his fortune to his cat instead of his ungrateful, parasitic relatives. Of course, he hates the cat too, so he doesn't set it up any kind of protection from said relatives.
* PickedLast: Susan is always picked last despite her very patiently telling everyone what a great player she is and how much sense it would make for them to pick her (and actually being ''right'') and how ''stupid'' they're being. She can't quite figure out [[InsufferableGenius why they don't catch on]].
%%* ThePowerOfRock: Of course.%%Zero-context example.
* PropheticNames: [[spoiler: Buddy, who, like his Roundworld namesake, lives fast, creates rock and roll, and dies young.]]
* RelievingTheReaper: Death goes missing in this book and Susan, his granddaughter though his adopted daughter, ends up needing to sub for grandpa.
* TheRoadie: Asphalt, the troll who carries the Band's equipment.
* RockersSmashGuitars:
** Noddy smashes his guitar ''on Scum''. This is the only moment in their careers when any aspect of their performance wins the approval of an audience.
** Death, of course, smashes ''the'' guitar at the end. While he can't actually play music on it, he does strike a very rocker-like pose before playing the "empty chord".
* RunningGag: Glod constantly redecorating the rooms he stays in.
* SavingTheWorldWithArt: Inverted when Death plays the "empty chord" that sets the end of the universe in motion. Then played straight when the Music spares Imp so he can play the chord that ''started'' the universe again, preserving it.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Subverted when Susan decides that if she's going to be Death's replacement, she is going to spend it saving people from dying that deserve a longer life. [[spoiler:Buddy and the band dies in the original timeline, and Death mentions that he doesn't decide who lives who dies, and if he tries, reality has to spend a lot of time repairing itself.]]
* SdrawkcabName: Llamedos is a reference to Llarregub from ''Theatre/UnderMilkWood'' -- Sod-'em-all and Bugger-all backwards respectively.
* ShapedLikeItself: "You can't see the infinite. 'Cos it's infinite."
* ShoutOut / HurricaneOfPuns:
** As with ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', an enormous number, particularly band names We're Certainly Dwarfs for Music/TheyMightBeGiants, Insanity for Music/{{Madness}}, Surreptitious Fabric for the Music/VelvetUnderground, The Whom for Music/TheWho, Suck for Music/{{KISS}}, Lead Balloon for Music/LedZeppelin, &U for Music/{{U2}}, and so on. One band in particular goes through about a half dozen of these, and on one occasion a member buys for the group a [[Music/DefLeppard leopard with hearing problems]]... They also miss one of the greatest potential band names of all time, when a member mentions that [[Music/TheRollingStones "a rolling stone gathers no moss"]].
** The AnimatedAdaptation features a FreezeFrameBonus of a list of crossed-out names rejected by the same band, including the Velvet Underpants, the Rolling Stoats, and Bunny and the Echoboys. The name they go on-stage at the Cavern with? [[spoiler:The Socks Pastels]]
** Buddy's group is often referred to as Music/TheBand, and its troll member takes the stage name [[Music/CliffRichard Cliff]].
** The songs by the band are referring to classic rock songs: "Donít Tread On My New Blue Boots" for "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins, also a hit for Elvis; "Good Gracious Miss Polly" for "Good Golly, Miss Molly" by Music/LittleRichard; "Sto Helit Lace" for "Chantilly Lace" by Music/TheBigBopper.
** ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'':
*** "He can't stop us. We're on a mission from Glod."
*** Another Blues Bros. Reference is mixed with an ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera'' ShoutOut at the diner scene: Glod continually orders "four fried rats," and Cliff is insisting that he would like some Coke. Imp adds a slice of dwarf bread, and eventually throws in "a hard-boiled egg."
*** When Glod and Cliff go to the music shop: "Are you the Watch?" "No, ma'am. We're musicians."
*** And there's one more when Mr. Clete is at the festival. "There's a hot dog seller over there. Anyone else fancy a hot dog? Hot dog? Hot dog? Right, that's three hot d-"
** In the AnimatedAdaptation, Buddy manages to hit the BerserkButton of the entire city of Quirm (FantasyCounterpartCulture of France) by saying "[[Music/TheBeatles We're more popular than cheeses.]]"
** The dwarves and trolls don't get along, but they share a tradition of hole music.
** And then there's the Dean's pants, which will not be named after the Archchancellor...
** Speaking of the Dean's clothing, there's an incredibly subtle but allegedly deliberate ShoutOut when Death asks to borrow his coat. Or, to put it another way, it's "[[Music/DonMcLean A coat he borrowed from [the] Dean]]". And he 'borrows' it by striding in and informing him [[/folder]]

[[folder: "[[Film/The Terminator I need your clothes. ]]
"]] And the coat itself reads [[Music/BruceSpringsteen Born to Rune]].
** Pterry even managed to ShoutOut to ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''! One of the wizards reads books of cartoons of cows and dogs....
** [[Music/TheGratefulDead The grateful Death]].
** At one point, the Dean was referred to as a "[[Film/RebelWithoutACause rebel without a pause]]".
** Once the guitar maker discovers that his guitars are selling like hotcakes, he orders his assistant to hire a troll as a guard, and to make sure that no one comes into his store to try to play "Pathway to Paradise". Not only did Pratchett give a shout out to "Stairway to Heaven", he even brought up the fact that it's the number 1 song that non-musical people will try to play when they enter a guitar store. Not to mention it also references that scene in ''Film/WaynesWorld''.
** ''"You can't break somebody's wall down just to make music!"'' - [[Music/PinkFloyd it don't need no education to see what this alludes to]].
** The BilingualBonus points out that Imp y Celyn, AKA Buddy Celyn [[spoiler: = Music/BuddyHolly.]]
** At the very start it's mentioned that if the Gods want to destroy someone, they hand him "[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes the equivalent of a stick with a fizzing fuse and]] [[AcmeProducts Acme Dynamite Company]] written on the side."
** The constant questions about whether Imp is elvish. Remove the H and you have "are you sure you aren't Elvis?"
** Also punning on Kirsty [=MacColl=]'s 1981 UK hit single "There's A Guy Works Down The Chipshop Swears He's Elvis"
** Susan is mentioned to have gotted a [[MyLittlePony My Little Binky]] set on her third birthday.
** The [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday music shop]] owner warns Glod not to try out a flute, or they'll be "knee deep in rats". Presumably, it's the one used by (the Disc's equivalent of) Literature/ThePiedPiperOfHamelin.
** The Librarian is playing [[VideoGame/SpaceInvaders Barbarian Invaders]].
** A small dog stops to listen to one of Dibbler's sound-capture boxes, in reference to the dog-and-gramophone painting "His Master's Voice", from which British media-outlet HMV gets its name and logo.
** According to Glod, the legendary Brother Charnel stole gold from the gods to make a magical trumpet, which means the world's greatest horn player was a felonious monk. (That one borders on a {{stealth|Pun}} {{feghoot}}.)
** The opening says this is a book about sex, drugs, and Music With Rocks In--then adds "one out of three ain't bad," as a shout out to Music/MeatLoaf, who also receives a shout out to the Bat Out Of Hell album on the cover.
** Because a book called ''Soul Music'' ought to have at least one genuine {{Soul}} Music reference, Susan -- as in Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World" -- don't know much about history.
** Susan shows an assassin his hourglass and tells him "[[/folder]]

[[folder: This is your life. ]]
", which is the title of a biographical TV documentary series.
** Dead Man's Curve is, itself, a song title from 1964.
** Crawling out of the stage's wreckage, Crash and his pals drop a reference to the "This Is Your Brain On Drugs" PSA.
** Musician's Guild enforcer [[Music/LouisArmstrong Satchelmouth]] Lemon (the last name evokes Blind Lemon Jefferson as well)
** The description of the swing Death made for Susan resembles the original [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/475752-tree-swing-cartoon-parodies "tree swing" cartoon]], first published in the 1973 newsletter for the University of London Computer Centre.
** [[Literature/TheRaven Quoth, the Raven]], who [[Literature/TheRaven refuses to say the N-word]].
** The lines "It will never die. It's here to stay" are a fairly blatant shout-out to the opening lines of the song ''Rock 'N Roll Is Here To Stay''.
** (Almost) the whole hurricane of puns is gleefully cataloged '''[[http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Book:Soul_Music/Annotations here]]''' by fans. Even now, more are emerging from the text... Creator/WaltDisney, the ''Film/CarryOn'' movie genre, even a plausible Music/BlueOysterCult reference over and above the obligatory "Don't Fear the Reaper..."
* SoulJar: Albert's hourglass/beer bottle.
* StealthPun:
** Scum, one of the members with Crash's band is assigned to get leopardskin trousers. He manages to buy a live leopard, which was cheap, because it has hearing problems.
** [[Music/DonMcLean Before he goes to kill the music, Death borrows a coat from the Dean.]]
** The troll that Dibbler assigns to move The Band's equipment is named Asphalt. As in road surface. Making him ''a roadie''.
* {{Sting}}: The raven ''tries'' to verbally invoke this trope when revealing to Susan that her grandfather is (Dah-dah-dah-DAH!) Death, but the Death of Rats keeps interrupting.
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: The Rite of Ashkente, which in previous books was mentioned to have been refined through research to no longer needing a living sacrifice but only 3 bits of wood and 4 cc of mouse blood, has now been refined even further so Ridcully can do it with 2 bits of wood and an egg. [[RunningGag "It has to be a fresh egg, though"]].
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: While the wizards are discussing potential places to look at with a crystal ball:
-->'''Senior Wrangler''': How about the Skunk Club in Brewer Street?\\
'''Bursar''': Why?\\
'''Senior Wrangler''': Just a thought. I've never been in there at all in any way, you understand.
* TakeThat: Pterry apparently didn't think much of rap, "I'm mean and tuff and I'm mean and tuff and I'm mean and tuff and I'm mean and tuff and me and my friends can walk towards you with our hats on backwards in a menacing way. Yo!"
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Ridcully protests when Susan leaves without eating breakfast, which consists of hamburgers. She retorts that she got a good look at it.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: At one point, Dibbler is standing outside the Cavern, thinking of how to make profit out of the free concert. Up comes Susan, in full regalia, scythe and horse, and asks him how to get in. He says quickly that all the tickets are sold out. Susan, then, walks through a wall, while Dibbler calculates. It earns no more thought from him than a passing "... where's she gone, then?" And again, somebody breaks through a [[Music/PinkFloyd Wall]] in the service of Music....
* {{Valkyries}}: Susan meets several while reaping a field of slain warriors. They offer her a spot on the team (they could use a soprano), but she declines.
* WeirdnessCensor:
** As usual, Death and Susan get to take advantage of the fact that anything that doesn't fit into what people consider "normal" (such as Death walking among them) is actively ignored.
** A group of musicians hide themselves in a piano and walk out the front door in full view of a Watchman saying they, as a piano, are on break.
* WelcomeToTheBigCity: As buskers do, Imp puts a few coins in his bowl as "seed money". The next time he looks down, the bowl's gone.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The fate of Glod, Cliff and Asphalt is left even more ambiguous than that of Imp.
* WhereItAllBegan: Susan travels back in time to watch her parents' fatal coach accident from the prologue of the book. [[spoiler:Then, in the end, all the principal characters end up on that road as the Band's cart is about to go over the side of the road in the same spot.]]
* WorldOfPun: For example:
** Quoth the Raven, on why he wanted to come to a battlefield: "Carrion regardless".
** The Archchancellor calling music "a world of hertz".
* XanatosGambit: Glod's ploy at the Library qualifies, as he approaches some students and asks them where to find the monkey who works there. Had the students been genuinely helpful, they'd have escorted him in with a warning that "monkey" is the Librarian's BerserkButton; as it was, they urged him to call the Librarian "Mr. Monkey" in hope of stirring up trouble for Glod. So he told the ape that the ''students'' had called him a monkey, and still got to meet with the orangutan after the resulting unpleasantness.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: A troll band [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin calls itself "Trolls"]]. Dibbler tells them to spell it with a Z.
* YouCantFightFate: Even if you are Death, you can't stop people from dying without huge consequences. [[spoiler:Susan fails to save the Band with Rocks from dying in the original timeline, though Death manages to find a solution.]]
* YouCannotKillAnIdea: At the end, after Death has smashed the guitar:
-->Somewhere, in some other world far away from the Discworld, someone tentatively picked up a musical instrument that echoed to the rhythm in their soul.\\
It will never die.\\
It's here to stay.

!!The animated adaptation provides examples of the following tropes:
* AdaptedOut: Vetinari, who has a small role in the book, does not appear in the AnimatedAdaptation. A few more minor characters are also dropped.
* AdaptationDistillation: In terms of handling Susan and Death's grief, the adaptation makes it more blatant that Susan is going through the FiveStagesOfGrief, while writing actual songs that invoke CrowningMusicOfAwesome for Buddy. While Susan grieved at the end of the book, in the adaptation she breaks down in the middle when [[spoiler:watching her parents die and death claiming he can't do a thing about it.]]
* AnswerSong: In the AnimatedAdaptation, the song "She Won't Change Her Mind" is an answer to Music/TheBeatles song "You're Going to Lose That Girl"
* CompositeCharacter: In the AnimatedAdaptation, the three wizard students helping Ponder are combined into one single student who gets their combined lines, the appearance of Skazz and the name of "Big Mad Drongo" Adrian Turnipseed. This is the basis for a joke where Ridcully, upon first meeting Big Mad Drongo, angrily demands "Who let a student into my University?!" before changing his mind and deciding "I suppose ''one'' student won't be too much of a problem."
* DesperateObjectCatch: In the Animated Adaptation, Susan doesn't just pull out an Assassin's lifetimer and show it to him, she ''tosses'' it in front of him and he has to catch it or die if it shatters.
* FamousLastWords: Ysabel's last words in the animated adaptation are "FATHER!" as Death shows up to do the reaping.
* FiveStagesOfGrief:
** Death is way past denial, anger and bargaining. He tried to keep Ysabel in his realm, combining bargaining and denial but she and Mort refused. He's spent his anger on Mort for "seducing" Ysabel. In the middle of depression, he wanders onto the Disc in hopes of forgetting his memories.
** Susan in the meantime remains in denial. She doesn't deny that her parents are dead, but she's too emotionally withdrawn to cope. Then she denies the talking raven and Death of Rats, and walking through walls. Doing the Reaper's job makes her more prone to anger and bargaining, where like her father she questions why death has to happen to the young and the good. Finally she breaks down when she travels back to her parents' death, and talks to her grandfather. By the end of the adaptation, after [[spoiler:Death manages to save the Band with Rocks, she's able to accept what has happened.]]
* MaybeEverAfter: Instead of sending him to a fish shop, [[spoiler:Death arranges that in the alternate timeline Buddy/Imp works as a gardener at Susan's school. Her classmate teases her for spying on him]].
* OnceMoreWithClarity:
** Susan has a brief flashback of herself playing with a swing as a child and then as a teenager. She finds the swing in Death's realm, and why it was otherworldly.
** The flashback to the Sto Lit couple's death's shows Susan there as well, arriving a few minutes too late to save her parents, only to watch them burn.