“Paperback” Trail; or, The Hunt for Mark Shipper

By |2014-07-23T16:52:15-07:00September 14, 2009|books, comedy, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Rutles|

DEVIN McKINNEY  •  Note from the future (2013): Refreshing this post four years after assembling it, I find that a couple of the hyperlinks are no longer functional—one doesn't exist, while the other exists but doesn't yield the indicated information. But this is the story of a few hours' Internet idling, a mesh of the long-gone afternoon, and rather than rewrite it to excise the dud links, I let it stand. The links once worked, and they said what I said they said. Honest. As I commented on "The Best Dancer" below, thinking about Chuck Klosterman's piece got me thinking about Mark [...]

Radio, radio

By |2014-07-01T19:34:22-07:00February 19, 2008|John Lennon|

ED PARK • This passed me by, for the first 50 listens: Jens Lekman's "Friday Night at the Drive-In" features the line: "My heart is beating, beating like Ringo." Very nice! http://youtu.be/u4Dfv9hMnaw In other related audio news.... The Poetry Foundation's UbuWeb podcast discusses Aspen, an amazing-sounding publication (dreamt up on a ski slope) that wanted to be the first "three-dimensional magazine." Listen to a little snippet of Yoko Ono's contribution, "No Bed for Beatle John," as well as John's contribution...in which he fiddles with a radio dial! Finally, Dullblogger Hua's radio show, the Finer Things Club, can be listened to here at [...]


By |2015-01-16T17:58:46-08:00February 5, 2008|Documentaries|

ED PARK • I. Has anyone seen/heard of I Met the Walrus? It's nominated for an Oscar, for Best Animated Short Film.In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview. This was in the midst of Lennon's "bed-in" phase, during which John and Yoko were staying in hotel beds in an effort to promote peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative [...]

Four-string serenade

By |2015-01-15T11:48:13-08:00January 31, 2008|George Harrison|

The most moving part of Concert for George was when Paul came out to sing "Something," accompanying himself on ukulele. (George loved the uke, and was a member of a George Formby society.) It was so moving that, a year or so later, I misremembered the scene, and thought Paul had performed "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," fitting in a sly joke on his choice of instrumentation. Maybe my misremembering was a wish. Not long thereafter I saw uke maestro Jake Shimabukuro play an astonishing version of "WMGGW," on this widely circulated video. http://www.youtube.com/v/puSkP3uym5k Postscript: Uke-Beatles fans, make sure you learn all [...]

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