About Michael Gerber

is Blogmom of Hey Dullblog. His novels and parodies have sold 1.25 million copies in 25 languages. He lives in Santa Monica, CA, and runs The American Bystander all-star print humor magazine.

From Wabi Sabi: “The Beatles’ Embrace of Absolutely Everything”

By |2022-07-30T16:41:09-07:00July 30, 2022|Uncategorized|

Folks, a longtime HD commenter pointed me to some recent Beatle-related musings on their Substack, which I liked enough to repost here. Enjoy. —MG BY WABI SABI • My favourite music reviewer, George Starostin, has been writing about the Beatles for a long time. On his old site, he takes on both the naivety of the Beatles superfan who thinks the band did everything first, and the pedantic factchecking of the rock snob who points out there’s very little the foursome are credited with that hadn’t been introduced to the scene a couple of months earlier by someone less celebrated. (Not that I [...]

Go read Karen Hooper’s posts!

By |2022-07-24T13:48:58-07:00July 24, 2022|Uncategorized|

Folks, in the midst of scrubbing the pot/CBD-links from our posts, I came across some posts by Karen Hooper, who used to post here. I always found Karen's contributions interesting and valuable, and I would encourage you to browse them. In subsequent years, it seems that Karen's gone one to co-admin Erin Torkelson Weber's fascinating site; and I see they did some podcasting together here. I haven't delved into any of that work, but I suspect if you do, you will find it very worthwhile.

Please help me find weed-related links in our old posts!

By |2022-07-24T13:53:04-07:00July 24, 2022|Uncategorized|

Try hemp oil if you want, just don't put links on this site without paying us. In the course of fixing some broken links, I am discovering that some delightful person has broken into our site and inserted a bunch of text links to pot- and CBD-related stores. For example, Title: Get Back on the Rooftop After Taking Hemp Oil Today’s the 39th anniversary of the rooftop concert, perhaps the most splendid public nuisance in human history. I have it on Vigotone’s As Nature Intended–anybody know a better source? While you’re thinking, here’s an outdoor version of “Get Back,” taken from [...]

Allen Ginsberg: “Portland Coliseum” (1965)

By |2022-06-20T19:05:08-07:00June 20, 2022|Uncategorized|

Whenever our commenters start griping about the perception of John Lennon as the leader of the Beatles, I always think of this poem, written by Allen Ginsberg in 1965. It's a good poem...and it also speaks to how people perceived the group in 1965. Reversed to give emphasis, Ginsberg's perception of the members' relative power was just as they were endlessly advertised: John, Paul, George and Ringo. ""Portland Coliseum"by Allen GinsbergA brown piano in diamondwhite spotlightLeviathan auditoriumiron run wiredhanging organs, voxblack batteryA single whistling sound of ten thousand children'slarynxes asingingpierce the earsand following up the bellybliss the moment arrivedApparition, four brown Englishjacket christhair [...]

From @meaigs: “Misogyny Aimed At Paul McCartney”

By |2022-06-10T00:28:01-07:00June 10, 2022|Uncategorized|

Frequent commenter @meaigs recently expressed some thoughts about sexual politics and public perception of Paul McCartney, which I asked her to expand into a post. I hope you find her insights as interesting as I did; for me, some things snapped into place that had never made much sense.—MG Paul, facing the Press about LSD, 1967 P aul McCartney is a man who gets treated as though he were a woman, and that is weird and bad. Not because being a woman is bad, but because women get treated badly. Before watching Peter Jackson’s Get Back I was a casual [...]

From Faith Current: The Subversive Madness of Sgt. Pepper

By |2022-06-06T18:19:20-07:00June 6, 2022|Uncategorized|

Folks, this is part 2 of Faith Current's unique, challenging interpretation of The Beatles mid-60s masterpieces. If you haven’t read part 1, do so now. You'll get more out of this post. Enjoy!—MG  Ringo, John, Paul and George looking with the eyes of love, 1967. BY FAITH CURRENT—By December of ‘66, the Great Global Revolver Freak-Out is over. The Beatles have freed themselves from the restraints of touring, but they’re still confined--this time in the studio and this time, voluntarily. They have unfinished business with us. They’re busy remaking Revolver. I don't mean track for track, although there are concordances. [...]

From Faith Current: “The Divine Madness of Revolver”

By |2022-05-29T18:22:53-07:00May 29, 2022|Uncategorized|

  George and John boxed up backstage, Busch Stadium St. Louis, 1966. Large chunks of the Beatle catalog are so celebrated they've become hard to perceive. (Try writing about "Yesterday," for example.) So when someone comes to me with a new angle, I immediately take notice. I find Faith's vision of Revolver and Pepper as twins to be an interesting, challenging idea. I hope you agree. --MG The greatest of blessings come to us through madness, when it is sent as a gift of the gods.” -- Socrates A little before midnight and I’m not sleeping. The edible from an [...]

“Imagine” better Op-Eds

By |2022-04-13T15:18:39-07:00April 13, 2022|Uncategorized|

  Our John Lennon circa 1971, haunting Gary Abernathy's dreams. Because she knew it would get a rise out of me, commenter @Tasmin sent me this cringeworthy Op-Ed from The Washington Post today, which I pass along out of a need to trauma-share. The Bezos-owned WaPo, for any foreign readers, is ostensibly the liberal-est of our oh-so-very-liberal American media, which means its opinions range from far-right, all the way over to center-right whenever the boss is up in space. I do not blame WaPo for this, any more than I expect a man who owns cattle to own a newspaper [...]

Beatle Dreams!

By |2022-04-10T12:26:05-07:00April 10, 2022|Uncategorized|

Last night, I had the most amazing dream, one of my favorites ever. I was flying on a jumbo jet from New York to Los Angeles, with my brother and father. That's not important. What is important is that the jet was an amazing flying museum of all these wonderful Beatle artifacts, like a flying exhibition. In addition to all sorts of personal items and memorabilia, there were amazing photos I'd never seen before, and even life-size mockups of the stages at the Kaiserkeller and The Cavern. Then, we landed in Dodger Stadium, smacking into some things. I thought, "Oh well, this [...]

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