The Death of Julius Caesar and the Birth of 70’s Rock

George Plasketes, author of B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular in Music, 1960 to the Present, wrote in the beginning of his book:

“Several songwriters graciously provided lyric permissions for epigraphs which are important to me as prefixes and accents. I am grateful to Mose Allison, Jim Peterik and the Ides of March, particularly Chuck Soumar for his down-to-earthness, assistance, and Riverside reminisces; and John Hiatt via Catherine Walker at Music Sales Limited, for the privilege of their words which frame my chapters so nicely” (xi).

In this quotation, Plasketes is referring to the band, “The Ides of March,” which was relevant from the mid-60s and throughout the 70s. He is thanking “The Ides of March” for graciously allowing him to use their lyrics in his book. While he is not at all referring to the same meaning of that phrase that we studied in class, we can say that generally speaking, he is looking at “The Ides of March” in a positive light. Considering this, it is likely that Plasketes does not necessarily expect the reader to know anything about the historical term, “The Ides of March,” only about the band. Plasketes portrays the band as a group of kind people, and this could potentially allow for positive associations with the phrase itself.

The quote I have chosen from the Cassius Dio reading is, “Thereupon they attacked him from many sides at once and wounded him to death, 5 so that by reason of their numbers Caesar was unable to say or do anything, but veiling his face, was slain  with many wounds.” This quote completely contradicts anything Plasketes says about “The Ides of March.” While Plasketes portrays the phrase in a positive way, from association with a band, Cassius Dio details the gruesome murder scene of Julius Caesar. While the band certainly took their name from this historical moment, it is hard to believe that they would encourage or support any sort of similar murder conspiracy. Therefore, these two representations of “The Ides of March” are completely different.

Harry, Team Vesta



Plasketes, George. B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular in Music, 1960 to the Present, Taylor and Francis, 2009. ProQuest Ebook Central,
Created from brooklyn-ebooks on 2017-11-27 13:29:58.


2 thoughts on “The Death of Julius Caesar and the Birth of 70’s Rock

  1. This was very interesting to read about since it connected to music and bands, I like that this blog was a little different as in the fact that the Ides of March was looked in at a positive light while the readings we did for class was shown that the Ides of March was not a good thing that happened.


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