Shakespeare Genius or Green Day Rehash?

16PAPER2-articleLargeThese Paper Bullets was an ambitious take, driving a popular Shakespearian plotline into England straight after Beatlemania made its infectious spread to the USA and back. The characters were meticulously crafted to match the plot devices of Shakespeare, while advancing to the setting of a sex, drugs, and Rock’n’Roll fueled England. While the play stayed (with a few deviations) reasonably true to the story, the attempt to turn it into some idea of a pseudo-musical was poorly executed. The chemistry between The Beatles simply can’t be recreated, especially not by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. The songs took away from the overall integrity of the time period, and failed to even scrape the prolific simplicity that made The Beatles so popular to begin with.

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