“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 [...]

Happy Passover, Tatellehs and Mommellahs

By |2014-07-23T16:52:47-07:00April 12, 2009|1966, Beatle-inspired, comedy|

Kosher butcher cover? DEVIN McKINNEY  •  Yes, it's time once again to gather at the seder table, eat the ritual spices, set aside an empty chair for Elijah, watch as the kids search for hidden matzohs, and spin some Beatles tunes. (Anything but "Piggies.") My thoughts have gone all Semitic since being reminded today of this. (Thanks to Mickey Trester for the link—and the mitzvah.)

John, Paul, George, Ringo—and George?

By |2016-11-29T16:22:20-08:00April 4, 2009|Hamburg|

DEVIN McKINNEY  •  Written in November 2002, cut from the Magic Circles discography: The Star-Club material has been reshuffled and reissued in a variety of forms over the years, none odder than that of 1962 Live at Star Club in Hamburg, issued in 2000 on the Walters label. Two dozen of the Star-Club songs (including most of the finest, and in the best available sound) are packaged with a booklet of notes authored by someone calling himself Gary Michael Walters—an individual whose bona fides are never offered, but for whom the label is presumably named. The first hint something might be a [...]

Sleeveface: Change your head

By |2015-01-18T16:19:45-08:00March 24, 2009|Beatle-inspired, comedy|

DEVIN McKINNEY  •  Probably more enterprising net-cruisers than I already know the British website Sleeveface, which since early 2006 has been making a small, pleasant fuss on the Internet, and latterly in the British press. According to Wiki, the concept originated, according to the BBC, in Cardiff, Wales, according to a guy who lives in Cardiff.         Anyway, click on over: Beatles entries are surprisingly few (in fact, they are zero—not many large, isolated head shots on their LP jackets), but there are some solo Ringos, a slew of John & Yokos, many McCartney IIs, and a ton of [...]

Pizza, Pooh & Magpie

By |2014-07-23T16:53:05-07:00March 17, 2009|1965, Beatles tributes, Lennon|

This just begs for a funny caption. DEVIN McKINNEY  •  The following was spotted recently in the liner notes of Peter, Paul & Mary's LP See What Tomorrow Brings, released December 1965, simultaneous with Rubber Soul. The notes spend needless time defending PP&M for not being "hip" like Dylan, or "electric" like the Beatles; and then assuring us it doesn't matter 'cause they do their own thing anyway. Then you get to this: Their message is the same as that of any artist through the centuries, a sermon of truth and beauty in the context of their times. And the [...]

Besame mucho

By |2015-01-18T11:34:55-08:00August 4, 2008|comedy|

Decent Beatles joke, I thought. "There should be a Mexican Beatles cover band. But one of them should be American. They would be named ...wait for it..... John, Paul, George, and Gringo." From here.

Go to Top