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The Records, Day Three: 1966-1967

The psychedelic trilogy -- Revolver, Sgt. Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour -- stands as the artistic peak of a band that had retreated into the studio and found untold riches there.

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‘Yesterday… and Today’ Today

“Never judge a book by its cover” is a good piece of advice.

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The Four-Color Adventures of the Fab Four: The Beatles and Comic Books

Comics have often used characters from Greek and Norse mythology to populate their books. What we see with the following examples is that the Beatles had, at the time, become the new mythology.

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The Gospel According to Butch: Part 1—The Producer

Butch Walker talks with PopMatters about the music industry, the problems that young bands frequently succumb to in the studio, and why it's more important to write songs than design T-shirts.

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Nobel Prizes and Nobel Promises

President Obama probably rattled and hummed in disbelief when he got his Nobel Prize. Ask Bono.

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The Records, Day Two: 1964-1965

From December 1964 to December 1965 -- re-meet the Beatles as they made the transition from the world's best bar band to the forerunners of folk-rock. Has any band ever had such an astoundingly productive 12-months?

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Yin and Yang: The Beatles - ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ vs. ‘Help!’

Aside from such obvious aspects -- including the difference between black and white and color film stock -- the back and forth between the films was also reflective of their burgeoning creative output.

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The Beatles: A Legacy of Innovation and Elusiveness

While innovation is important to help push music forward, it is ultimately less important than elusiveness.

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A Working Class Family: Ed and Edie Falco

PopMatters talks with Ed Falco and his niece, actor Edie Falco, about their life in the arts and Ed's gritty new novel, Saint John of the Five Boroughs.

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Table Space: The Final Frontier

The impressive part of 2001: A Space Odyssey isn’t what they have in the future, it’s what they don’t have: clutter.

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The Records, Day One: 1963-1964

Meeting the Beatles for the first time, what did we hear? Did we know? Could we have ever known? Today, we will look at the first three shots from the Fab Four, from 1963-1964. To Re-meet the Beatles, start here.

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The Magical Mystery Four: The Beatles As a Successful System of Archetypes

The Beatles were the first band comprised of four distinct personas. This aspect would take them on a long and winding road that would eventually splinter them in four separate directions. The very thing that made them so special was what ultimately deigned their end.

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Let Me Tell You How This Will Be…

In 20 years, we've seen Revolver replace Sgt. Peppers as The Beatles' greatest statement. How long before it gets replaced?

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PopShots: The Lighter Side of Swine Flu

Researchers have largely ignored the pop cultural value of the H1N1 virus: hours on the couch catching up on DVD.

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Ayn Rand and the World She Made

Ayn Rand set out to remake reality as if it were an ill-fitting dress: by sheer will, she tried to fashion a Balenciaga gown from a housedress.

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Parent-Child Bonding: Video Games that Bridge the Generation Gap

Can Gen X parents bond with the newest generation of gamers given the ways that cooperative gameplay has changed over the years?

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5 Nov 2009 // 9:00 PM

Fast Food TV

The Next Iron Chef is not a show about cooking. It is a show about people freaking out; cooking just happens to be what they’re doing while they’re freaking out.

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Eclipse Series 17: Nikkatsu Noir

These five films from the golden-era of the legendary Nikkatsu studio shows off the never-ending ways Japanese filmmakers were able to combine the best elements of pulp and epic Japanese storytelling.

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Metal, Back from Purgatory

The Rockist attends his most eagerly anticipated metal show in over a decade only to find... the Banana Splits?

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Neil Patrick Harris: The Other Sort

Neil Patrick Harris is riding high these days. But in years past, if the average person sitting in his or her Barcalounger knew a TV star was gay, it would have been disastrous for both series and star.

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Searching for Wholesome Online Fun: LDS Gamers

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"While being skeptical about the Church ever officially endorsing video games, LDS gamers remains hopeful about the future, knowing that Mormon society is slowly growing to appreciate gaming.

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