Rundgren v. the Beatles

By |2014-07-23T11:58:56-07:00July 30, 2012|1970s, Beatle-inspired|

Todd Rundgren and his spat with Lennon came up in the comments thread on the "Ah, Girl" post -- I wasn't aware of it until Devin pointed it out. [Particulars here:]. The tenor of this interchange doesn't surprise me much, and brings into focus my sense of Rundgren's animosity toward the Beatles. Rundgren seems to have a clear case of what Harold Bloom would call "anxiety of influence" where the Beatles are concerned. That is, Rundgren knows both that he's influenced by them and that he can't play in their league musically, and resents that. His references to the Beatles feel particularly pointed. Rundgren's first group, [...]