This brief excerpt (from Ch 4: The Embodiment of Cool) is followed by an extended, song-by-song discussion of fans’ reactions to Revolver: Fans were wearing out the grooves on Yesterday and Today and Rubber Soul when Revolver entered their lives in August ’66. A new Beatle album was always eagerly anticipated, but now that fans… Read more
This is is a brief excerpt from a longer section on Rubber Soul, in Chapter Four of Beatleness. Thinking back to when we first heard John sing “The Word” is especially poignant this week, as we recall December 8, 1980. Say The Word and Be Like Me Fans were used to hearing the Beatles sing about love, but “The… Read more
Forty-seven years ago, Beatle fans spent Thanksgiving weekend listening to The Beatles, the new Beatles album which fans quickly renamed The White Album, making it easier to talk about and refer to. They were “thrilled that it was a double album,” but of course that meant it was more expensive. Several mentioned not being able… Read more
BEATLENESS EXCERPT: With the best of intentions, Paul had been trying to keep the band together and busy since Brian Epstein died, but the Beatle box could no longer contain these four individuals who had grown up and apart. Creative differences morphed into interpersonal conflicts, and despite all the underlying affection it was getting increasingly… Read more
In the spring of 1964, young America’s love for the Beatles and the steady flow of Beatle music converged, such that by the week of April 4, the top five songs in the country were Beatle songs. This feat, never accomplished by any band before or since, is often cited as evidence of the Beatles’… Read more
EXCERPT From Chapter Seven • The Last Leg • Turn Me On, Dead Man • Days after Abbey Road’s release, during Moratorium week, there was unexpected Beatle news: I was in History class and one of the jocks said he heard Paul was dead. The teacher discussed it with us for a while. Some people knew about it and knew some of the… Read more
Fans who read Rolling Stone—and their brothers and sisters and friends— were expecting “some sort of roots album” called Get Back or Let It Be. But in early October Abbey Road appeared, named for the location of the studio where they’d been working together since the beginning. It had been almost a year since the… Read more
In honor of the 45th anniversary of the Abbey Road photo shoot, here are some variations on the iconic cover that I’ve been collecting. Would the original plan, to have shot the cover at the top of Mt. Everest, inspired such creativity and playfulness? Probably.