People who hate the Beatles

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Michael Gerber

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My 2c: People who hate The Beatles should really be hating all the musicians that came after The Beatles. It’s not James Joyce’s fault that nobody’s topped “Ulysses” in that form, nor is it The Beatles fault that Revolver still kicks ass when it comes to the three-minute rock song form. I like Amy Mann, but my being bored with The Beatles doesn’t make her music better than theirs. It just makes me bored with The Beatles, and especially receptive to something else.

It’s a drag, but there it is; maybe it was a coalescing of talents that hasn’t happened again, or a lucky juxtaposition of historical things (including recording capabilities) but art isn’t like computing power–it doesn’t increase linearly just because we get bored with, say, Picasso. “Dude, Picasso fucking sucks.” And the only reason that people don’t say that (at least after the age of 16) is that what Picasso does isn’t considered popular art. If something is popular art, then everybody feels that their opinion on it is valid. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it isn’t.

So there!

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One Comment

  1. Avatar swolan wrote:

    Gerber doesn’t seem to “hate” The Beatles — ennui is not abhorrence.

    I was sort of “over” The Beatles when Abbey Road was released. Good work, to be sure, and there was the sense of completion of the phenomenon known as The Beatles, so there was inherent interest, but pop/rock was offering seemingly more daring, less polished and so more “authentic” stuff. About every decade I’ll listen to The Beatles and rediscover the freshness and solid musical qualities of the music, as well as discovering aspects that I hadn’t been attuned to before. This is one of the aspects of their enduring appeal: “Hey, listen to that. That’s really good, isn’t it?” Gerber’s boredom with The Beatles may yield to the delight of rediscovery…

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