This blog started out as Michael Doherty's Personal Library, and it was reviews of books that normally don't get reviewed: basically porn and those insane Scientology books. It was all just a bit of fun, you understand. But both porn and cult propaganda get dull rather quickly. And then I embarked on a three-year Shakespeare study. And Shakespeare has basically taken over, which is a good thing.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Shakespeare References in The Speed Of Sound
Thomas Dolby’s memoir, The Speed Of Sound: Breaking The Barriers
Between Music And Technology, contains a couple of Shakespeare references.
The first is a reference to Richard The
Third: “I wanted to be back in my bed-sitter in drab South London, in 1978,
in the Winter of Discontent” (p. 5). Of course, the Winter of Discontent is a
specific time in the UK, the winter of 1978-1979, when there were a lot of
strikes. But it also refers to the first line of Shakespeare’s play. “Now is the winter of our discontent.”
Thomas Dolby then uses “The Winter Of Discontent” as the title of the book’s
first chapter. The other reference is to William Shakespeare himself: “So much
of the filmmaker’s art was based on classical story structure dating back to
the Greeks, Shakespeare, and Japanese narrative aesthetics” (p. 160).
The Speed Of Sound: Breaking The Barriers Between Music And Technology
was published in October of 2016 through Flatiron Books.