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 @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 |2022-08-30T12:25:10-07:00May 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 [...]

“I’m going to go with Linda on keyboards.”

By |2022-04-04T17:18:47-07:00April 4, 2022|Paul McCartney, Uncategorized|

[As part of our New Regime here at Dullblog, we've started reaching out to commenters with interesting, well worked-out opinions to write these up as posts. Commenter @Faith pitched this idea last week, and here's what she came up with. Enjoy. -- MG] By FAITH CURRENT • (The headline quote is from Carlin's McCartney: A Life, p. 215) Paul and Linda McCartney in the studio, 1970 Every time I read a new McCartney bio, I dread this moment in the story. I ache for Paul’s naive enthusiasm, for the damage it will do to his credibility, for the soft underbelly [...]

Desperately Seeking: Paul’s Striped Jacket in COLOR?

By |2022-03-19T00:04:36-07:00March 19, 2022|Uncategorized|

Hey folks, in another of a series of really questionable financial decisions, I'm looking to get a modern reproduction of this wonderful striped jacket worn by Paul in early 1967. Does anybody know of a color photo? I seem to remember one, and I think it's red with cream and blue? In a preliminary search, I unearthed this wonderful site called Beatles Style, which offers a large selection of reproductions of Beatle clothes. I WANT that Penny Lane jacket in hunting pink. This is important to me—such things are the only reason I became an adult; I made a deal with 12-year-old [...]

New commenting rules!

By |2022-02-22T13:48:56-08:00February 22, 2022|Uncategorized|

Hey there, folks. Last night, I had an epiphany—I was sitting here typing away at 12:30 am, crafting long, thoughtful, hopefully thought-provoking responses to a person I didn't know and would never meet, about a topic I've probably written 100,000 words about. They didn't seem to like me, and my considerable personal affability (ask anyone!) was beginning to wear thin. Why? Because I'd been here tens, hundreds of times before. I knew that nothing I'd write would ever convince them, and that if necessary they'd just switch the topic to some other thing -- some other fact, some other era, some other [...]

Lennon Murder Conspiracy Open Thread

By |2022-02-02T21:08:28-08:00February 2, 2022|Uncategorized|

Folks, I've been noticing certain topics growing like wild vines over the comment sections of various unrelated posts. So in the interest of housekeeping, I'd like to experiment with Open Threads. Ideally my goal is to have the comment sections hew fairly closely to the original post, so that lurkers and other quiet readers can use the comments to learn in greater depth on that topic. This Open Thread is for discussion of conspiracy theories related to the murder of John Lennon; I will not be participating, nor will I even read this thread very closely, as I find the topic quite [...]

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