The Beatles and Gettysburg: Forward into the past

By |2013-08-13T22:37:53-07:00July 31, 2013|Abbey Road|

DEVIN McKINNEY  • Our town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, recently hosted festivities and commemorations around the sesquicentennial of the Civil War battle that occurred in the fields all around us. Tourists, there were many; and where tourists gather, chatchkis will be sold. Among them, this arresting item: Lincoln, Pickett, Lee, and Meade crossing a road made famous little more than a century after the battle that brought them together. Figures of the past are called forth to recreate a tableau, utterly independent of themselves, that to us is itself an image from, and of, the past; yet the combination propels both a bit [...]

Rolling Stones open thread

By |2014-07-23T11:59:16-07:00July 12, 2012|1980, Beatles vs. Stones, John Lennon|

I'm taking the occasion of The Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary to declare the first-ever Hey Dullblog open thread. Any thoughts/opinions/stories about The Stones are welcome in the comments, especially if they have some relation to Our Guys, no matter how tangential. This is an experiment; if everybody has fun, we'll do more open threads. I'll start it off with what I immediately thought of this morning, when NPR told me it was 50 years since The Stones' first gig: You know, they're congratulating the Stones on being together 112 years. Whoooopee! At least Charlie and Bill still got their families. In the [...]

I read the news today: "Oh Boy!"

By |2022-07-24T12:55:43-07:00February 3, 2008|Buddy Holly|

49 years ago today, a Beech Bonanza craft went down in a farmer's field five miles north of Clear Lake, Iowa. The plane had just taken off from the Mason City Municipal Airport and was on its way to Fargo, North Dakota. The cause of the crash was uncertain, but it was almost certainly due to the icy winter conditions. Inhabitants included a pilot and three rock 'n' roll singers; none survived. All Beatles fans should take a pause to remember the names and contributions of Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and—especially—Buddy Holly, but for whom the Beatles would not [...]

More on the Rooftop Concert

By |2022-07-24T12:49:59-07:00January 31, 2008|1969, concert, Get Back, Let It Be|

DEVIN McKINNEY  •  This is an anniversary worth remembering—partly because it reminds us that next year's is the 40th. As Nature Intended is the essential Get Back boot from the great "second wave" of Beatle illicits that hit the market in the early '90s. But then came the third wave—and that crested, and conceivably was capped for all time, by The Complete 2 CD Rooftop Concert, issued on the Yellow Dog label in 2000. It is beyond comprehensive, surrounding the event from all angles and allowing us to hear-"see" it in something like documentary totality. Disc 1 has the complete concert itself, [...]

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