Thursday, April 12, 2012

Shakespeare References In Beatles Book

Since I began this Shakespeare study, I've been noticing references to Shakespeare everywhere. I'm compiling a list of Shakespeare references in films (with the intention of publishing a reference book at some future date), but now have decided to post other interesting references in this blog (which is becoming more and more a Shakespeare blog - not a bad thing).

Yesterday I finished reading All About The Beatles, a short book by Edward De Blasio, a journalist who was on hand when The Beatles had their famous press conference at the airport in 1964. This book was actually published in 1964, so its perspective is rather interesting in its limited scope.

There are two references to Shakespeare. The first is on page 64 (see photo), in which a girl is quoted as saying, about The Beatles, "They are the finest thing that has happened to England since William Shakespeare. They will make us famous once more. They will give us dignity, without stuffiness." The second, only a few pages later (see photo), is actually quoting another journalist (this book does that a lot), Maureen Cleave of the Standard: "Their hair (pronounced as in Ben Hur by George) is a lengthier version of Brando's in Julius Caesar."

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