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Re: Shakespeare in popular culture
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0050  Tuesday, 12 January 1999.

[1]     From:   Richard A Burt <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Jan 1999 11:42:47 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Shakespeare in popular culture / Heather Nova

[2]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 12 Jan 1999 13:26:51 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0046  Shakespeare in popular culture


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From:           Richard A Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Jan 1999 11:42:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 10.0046  Shakespeare in popular culture / Heather Nova
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0046  Shakespeare in popular culture / Heather Nova

On her CD "Live from the Milky Way," Heather Nova has a song entitled
"Verona."  She mentions Romeo.

Also, in the film The Faculty (not as good, in my view, as  _Disturbing
Behavior_), there is a scene in a classroom with a picture of "William
Shakespeare" above the chalkboard.

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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Jan 1999 13:26:51 -0000
Subject: 10.0046  Shakespeare in popular culture
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0046  Shakespeare in popular culture

Scott Oldenburg writes:

>Last week someone on this list, if I'm not mistaken, mentioned the old
>punk band The Stranglers (in what connection I can't recall).  Those of
>you interested in Shakespeare in popular culture may be interested in
>the song "Losers in a Lost Land" by former Strangler's lead singer, Hugh
>Cornwell. The lyrics can be accessed at this cite:
>http://www.hughcornwell.com/noslyric.htm

This may have been me, replying to a previous post.  There is a
Shakespeare connection in the early 'No More Heroes', which contains the
line, "No more Shakespeareos".

By "old punk band", I hope you mean "well established" rather than
"outdated"-they had two CDs out in the last 12 months or so, and seem to
have survived Cornwall's leaving well enough.

URL for their Official Homepage (The Rat's Lair) is:

        http://www.wwdc.com/~adrian/stranglers/index.html

It's even further off-message, but perhaps the pedanticism justifies it
in an academic list, but why does Cornwall sing "Watch the coin is
tossed to air" in NOSFERATU, while the transcription reads slightly
differently [see below]?

Is this a covert allusion to the disputed reading/emendment of a line in
a Thomas Nashe poem: "Brightness falls from the air [hair]"?

Robin Hamilton

Losers In A Lost Land

See the actors leaving Stratford
Shakespeare holds no secret still
Watch the coin is tossed to the air
When it lands the winner's found
Declares and mocks the tail
Who can say what good becomes of  .....
 

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