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Macbeth in Popular Rock Culture
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0888  Friday, 6 May 2005

From:           Amy Ulen <
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Date:           Thursday, 5 May 2005 19:34:53 -0700
Subject:        Macbeth in Popular Rock Culture

I'm really excited about a recent gift I received-Lana Lane's newest CD,
_Lady Macbeth_!  This is "a heavy symphonic rock concept album based on
the famous Macbeth play by vanguard English poet, William Shakespeare.
The album tells the Macbeth story from the perspective of the famously
sinister Lady Macbeth, one of literature's darkest female figures. The
Lana Lane interpretation is at the same time sympathetic and ominous,
full of emotion and passion."  To read the entire press release, visit
http://www.thetank.com/lllmb.htm.

This album is not a simple re-telling of the plot, but it does give us
an insight into Lady Macbeth's reactions to the events.  I particularly
enjoy "Summon the Devil," a song that deals with the various murders.
It is also the only song that directly incorporates Shakespeare's text
in the chorus:

Double double toil and trouble
Fire burn and caldron bubble
By the pricking of my thumbs
Something wicked this way comes

This is a great album if you like hard or progressive rock.  If you are
into heavy metal, I highly recommend Jag Panzer's _Thane to the Throne_!
  This is a full re-telling of _Macbeth_.  Visit their website at
http://www.jagpanzer.com/ to learn more.  You can also listen to brief
selections of the songs at
http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/1231242/a/Thane+To+The+Throne.
  htm.

Lana Lane also has an incredible song titled "Romeo and Juliet" on her
album _Project Shangri-La_.  If you get that album, make sure you are
ordering the right import because the song is a bonus track.

Amy Ulen
http://www.shakespearehigh.com/

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