Thank God for Abbey Road

By |2015-01-14T18:17:51-08:00January 14, 2015|1969, Abbey Road|

The Beatles, not worrying about global warming, 1969. In the midst of a comment thread, I stumbled on an interesting thought which I wanted to open to the group: how do you think The Beatles' legacy would've been different if they'd never returned to the studio after Let It Be? My initial, instinctual thought is that the group's demise would've been even more mythic, even more shrouded by "what might have been." The rich sprawl of White seems to invite a follow-up of the quality of Abbey Road, and had the wet firecracker of Let It Be been The Beatles' [...]

A literary White Album

By |2015-01-07T20:09:55-08:00July 2, 2012|books|

Highly recommended. I'm reading Joe Meno's upcoming novel Office Girl (highly recommended!), and came across this recent interview in TriQuarterly Online: TQO: [...] I'm about seventy pages into your last novel, The Great Perhaps (2009), and I've already noticed the Beatles popping up throughout.Meno: Yeah, I mean that whole book is The White Album. I wanted to do a book that had four different voices, and they all sing on that album. And they cover pretty much all of 20th century music. There's “Rocky Raccoon.” There's country western. There's “Honey Pie,” which has this kind of jazzy sound. There's “Helter Skelter,” [...]

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Double coverage

By |2014-07-13T16:36:09-07:00September 18, 2011|Beatle-inspired, Covers, The White Album|

ED PARK • Via Douglas Wolk on Twitter: "Alvarius B. covers You Only Live Twice, arranged/recorded to sound EXACTLY like John Lennon's White Album demos." [MG update July 2014--The produced track has been taken down, but I've pasted a live version below. You'll get what Ed was talking about.]

White Album Not All That, Writer Claims

By |2014-07-07T13:46:38-07:00November 6, 2009|1968, Beatles vs. Stones, The White Album|

Nik Cohn & Ben Ratliff DEVIN McKINNEY  •  Here, via, is a New York Times podcast from September, half of which is devoted to a talk between music critic Ben Ratliff and pop-crit originator Nik Cohn on the remastered version of the White Album (which Ratliff deliciously informs us is currently #16 on the LP charts, "right below Lady Gaga"). Cohn, who was the Times's London correspondent on pop matters circa 1968-70, trashed the Beatles' masterpiece in their pages (see the December 15, 1968, headline bannering this post); now he has softened somewhat, admitting subtleties and qualities precluded at [...]

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