Giving the Gift of Beatleness To A Young Person

  I’ve received many emails from people who’ve enjoyed and appreciated Beatleness since it came out in the summer of 2014. It’s difficult to express how gratifying these emails are, and they make the very hard work of writing a book feel worth every second. The reader reviews at amazon are also extremely gratifying.  Perhaps the most gratifying review was the one… Read more

Remembering John Lennon In the Age of Trump

Like millions of people around the world, I will never forget where I was or how I felt when I heard John Lennon was shot by a deranged fan outside his New York City apartment building on December 8, 1980. It didn’t seem real. Could this really have happened? The world suddenly seemed like a… Read more

Too Young For Woodstock, But Tuned In & Turned On

This week marks the forty-seventh anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival, an event thought by many to epitomize the spirit of the sixties. As I write about in Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade The World, many music fans, age 12, 13, and 14 in 1969, bemoan the fact that they were “too young… Read more

They’re Gonna Crucify Me

A little over a month after the Beatles shocked fans with the controversial “butcher cover” of Yesterday and Today, the Beatles found themselves at the center of another controversy when John’s casual observation about the declining popularity of the church—made during an interview with the Maureen Cleave of London Evening Standard the previous March—was taken… Read more

Rubber Soul Elevated Beatles’ Cultural Authority

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

79 Days Later: Cheered Up & Ready For Change

According to the “Kennedy Rebound Theory of Beatlemania,” the Beatles boosted the national spirit after the assassination and made us more receptive to the happy tumult the Beatles ushered in. The Saturday Evening Post agreed saying, “They served for a time to divert us. We wish them well. We like them better than Cyprus, Panama… Read more

Thanksgiving ’68: Fans Were Thankful for the White Album

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

The Beatles Spread the Word in Global TV Hookup

On June 25, three weeks after the release of Sgt. Pepper, the Beatles represented the UK in Our World, the first live, international satellite TV hook-up. An estimated four hundred million people watched them perform “All You Need Is Love,” dressed in designer hippie chic, surrounded by a studio orchestra and a crowd of friends,… Read more

The Loss of a Comforting Presence

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

Beatles April ’64 Chart Toppers Mesmerized Boomers

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