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Romeo & Juliet in Popular Music

Analyze the plot of Romeo and Juliet in popular music. Also, see how popular music for the famous Shakespearean play has changed over time.
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Jared Laberge

on 20 June 2014

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Transcript of Romeo & Juliet in Popular Music

CAN'T GET ENOUGH?
CAN'T GET ENOUGH?
POPULAR MUSIC
ROMEO AND JULIET IN
POPULAR MUSIC
WHAT IS POP CULTURE?
So, pop culture is very RELEVANT... but Romeo and Juliet is very OLD -- almost 450 years old. How can Romeo and Juliet be in pop culture?
In other words, pop culture is what's popular at any given moment.
Pop culture (short for popular culture) refers to the cultural phenomenon based on popular taste. This culture can either be a cultural event/activity or a commercial product.
R & J IN POP CULTURE
Although Romeo and Juliet was written in the Elizabethan era, the content and storyline are still relevant today. Often writers, singers, artists, etc. use elements from Shakespeare in their work.
*definition - ask.com
Being able to recognize Shakespearean references in pop culture shows you are a well-read individual.
Major themes of forbidden love, feuding families, and fate still connect with audiences today -- so much so that the classic story has been adapted into ballets, stage performances, movies, art, and song.
R & J IN MUSIC
Singers/songwriters are usually VERY well-read individuals. When referencing popular works such as R & J, they often present the classic story in new and interpretive ways.
Identify 5 similarities and 5 differences between the following music videos and the original Shakespearean play. Pay attention to both lyrics and music video performance.
For example, the lyric/music videos for the songs “Love Story,” by Taylor Swift, and “Check Yes Juliet,” by We The Kings, both parallel the plot of Romeo and Juliet, but in different ways.
WHICH DO YOU PREFER?
Click the videos below to see how popular music of
Romeo and Juliet
changed over time.
1886
(Tchaikovsky)
"Romeo and Juliet"
1938
"Romeo and Juliet"
(Prokofiev)
1957
(Bernstein & Sondheim)
"West Side Story"
1964
"Just Like Romeo and Juliet"
(The Reflections)
1968
(Glen Weston)
"What is Youth?"
MOVIE
1981
(Dire Straits)
"Romeo and Juliet"
1996
1998
(S.O.A.P.)
"Romeo and Juliet"
2002
2006
2013
(LMNT)
"Hey Juliet"
(Kait Weston)
"Til Death Do Us Part"
MOVIE
(A Change of Pace)
"Prepare the Masses"
MOVIE
(The Cardigans)
"Lovefool"
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