Thursday, February 5 2015
The year 1965 saw many musical developments, a significant one of which is Brian Wilson's development from poet laureate of high school to baroque visionary.
Sunday, August 24 2014
Despite missing out on being one of the Fab Four, Pete Best is as happy as ever: "I have no complaints, I’ve enjoyed life. Wouldn’t change anything."
Thursday, October 11 2012
Even with all of the incredibly strong material which continued to stretch out what was possible with pop music, the U.S. version of Magical Mystery Tour is never really given the love it deserves. The album represents not just the height of their psych phase but also the end of it.
Monday, February 27 2012
The unique jazz guitarist talks about All We Are Saying -- his recent cover album of 16 John Lennon tunes -- as well as how the Beatles changed his life, and how back in the day, owning an instrument meant you were automatically in a band.
Thursday, October 27 2011
When the Beatles went to Hamburg in 1960, in the company of gangsters and prostitutes they changed their sound, wore black leather, lost their bass player, sacked their drummer, developed a vast repertoire of raucous rock ’n’ roll songs, and fashioned a new hairstyle.
Monday, January 12 2015
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band may be the most overanalysed, overexposed album in history. In light of the Flaming Lips' affectionate reimagining, can the inescapable masterpiece ever be surpassed?
Sunday, October 16 2011
The British saved rock 'n' roll, reignited the blues, and may just make country music more American.
Tuesday, July 13 2010
Skepticism has been fueling pop culture for decades. Just ask John Lennon or Pete Townshend. Lately it’s just been fooling pop culture about science.
Tuesday, October 26 2004
Sixty-four-year-olds aren't what they used to be, and if John Lennon were still alive, he would probably not be living the quaint parlour scene played out in McCartney's ditty.
Tuesday, July 29 2014
Paul McCartney commanded the stage in Kansas City with an astonishing degree of seemingly effortless finesse. A most glorious concert.
Wednesday, July 9 2014
Silly plot aside, the real attraction to A Hard Day’s Night is the music and the way it is presented.
Tuesday, July 9 2013
Help! is two films in one -- and if you can tolerate the first, you're bound to enjoy the second.
Sunday, November 11 2012
"Containing only the work of JW Lennon, with additional work by JW Lennon and a helping hand from JW Lennon, not forgetting JW Lennon. Who is this JW Lennon?" -- from one of John Lennon's childhood documents.
Tuesday, November 6 2012
Magical Mystery Tour is an occasionally awesome mess full of odds and sods and in some regards an appropriate artistic hangover from the Summer of Love.
Friday, January 16 2015
If I fell in love with you, 223rd most acclaimed album of all time, would you promise to be true—and help me understand? The Beatles' all-Lennon/McCartney LP from 1964 is this week's Counterbalance.
Thursday, November 20 2014
With a career as illustrious as Sir McCartney's, it is no surprise that these ten performances hit it as far out of the park as they do.
Monday, November 10 2014
More so than any other member of the Beatles, John Lennon wrote about himself. Through his songwriting, he described nearly every aspect of his personal life in a way that no professional biographer could.
Tuesday, July 8 2014
Sir Paul McCartney has released another video from his most recent studio effort, New, the folksy "Early Days".
Tuesday, July 8 2014
Let’s celebrate Ringo Starr’s 74th birthday with cartoons.
Tuesday, July 8 2014
Given the sacrosanct aura that’s developed around pretty much everything to do with the Beatles over the past half-century, it seems unbelievable that anything
Wednesday, January 8 2014
LOS ANGELES — Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart are slated to come together and perform once again as the Eurythmics for a segment on the CBS-TV
Thursday, January 10 2013
PHILADELPHIA — You’re going to hear sooner or later, and feel rather old when you do: The Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do,” is now
Thursday, November 15 2012
LOS ANGELES — The prime directive in returning the Beatles’ album catalog to vinyl is ridiculously simple. Sean Magee, the Abbey Road recording studio engineer who
Thursday, July 26 2012
LOS ANGELES — A new compilation of 14 of the Beatles’ most musically, socially or politically influential songs was released Tuesday as a digital iTunes exclusive. The