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Rs: Another Spinoff
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 314.  Saturday, 22 May 1993.
 
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        Date:   Thursday, 20 May 93 13:21:42-0400
        Subj:   Spinoff reply
 
(2)     From:   Louis Schwartz <
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        Date:   Thursday, 20 May 1993 11:50:18 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0305  Another Spinoff
 
 
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Date:           Thursday, 20 May 93 13:21:42-0400
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Tad Davis is correct in the observation of a passage from King Lear
appearing in the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus." I believe in the book
SHOUT, as well as in a television documentary, John Lennon talked
enthusiastically about how the ending of "Walrus" was achieved; in the
final mix he gathered bits and pieces of tape lying about the studio
from other people's sessions to add in the audio montage, and finally
added something live from the radio, which was *Lear*--which then
was mixed in and out of the song.  (He used the same technique with
"Revolution #9". The reason why he needed to describe how King Lear
got into the song was, if you recall, ardent fans were insisting that
Paul was dead and Lennon was using such ploys as a subtle appearance
of a Shakespearean death scene--to tell us about it.)
 
John Mucci
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Date:           Thursday, 20 May 1993 11:50:18 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0305  Another Spinoff
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0305  Another Spinoff
 
Reply to Tad Davis:
 
I don't remember the exact details, but the accounts I've read in
several places says that while John Lennon was tinkering around with the
mix of "I am the Walrus" a production of *Lear* was being recorded (for
the BBC? for LP?) in another part of the studio building.  He heard it
on an intercom or some such thing that linked the studios and it struck
his fancy so he mixed it in.  The anecdote with more exact details can
be found in any number of books about The Beatles.  One of my most
pleasurable moments as an undergraduate reader was when I read that scene
in *Lear* for the first time and came to those lines.  The last thing I
expected to hear were echoes from the backgound of a song I had known for
years.  It was the first time I could ever make out what had always sounded
like gibberish to me (except for "sit you down, father; rest you," which
had always given me a weird chill just before the music sank into the
surface noise of the LP, though I nver new where it came from or what it
had to do with eggmen or walruses, what ever they are).  Goo goo ga choo.
 
Louis Schwartz

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