GIBRAN IN POPULAR CULTURE
As one of the world’s most popular poets, Gibran’s influence can be found everywhere from music and theater to cinema. Here’s just some of those he touched
THE PROPHET, THE FILM
A 2014 animation starring the voices of Lebanese actress Salma Hayek and Liam Neeson, among others, The Prophet works as a great introduction to Gibran’s masterpiece. The GNC approved the script and licensed the film. gibransprophetmovie.com
ELVIS WAS A FAN
Elvis Presley received his first copy of The Prophet in 1956 and is said to have become deeply connected to it. Giving out copies to friends over the years, photographs exist of his handwritten notes under different passages of Gibran’s books.
“Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it so that the other half may reach you,” from Gibran’s poem “Sand and Foam,” was used by John Lennon in “Julia” from one of The Beatles’ most renowned records, “The White Album.”
Gibran was also mentioned in David Bowie’s 1970 album “The Man Who Sold the World,” showing the poet’s ongoing popularity in the ‘60s counter culture.