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The Beatles' White Album 40th Anniversary

Side Four: The potential breakthrough and the impending breakup, the final side celebrates the Beatles’ artistic experimentation—and the creative contradictions that signaled their eventual end.

Edited by Zeth Lundy and Bill Gibron / Produced by Zeth Lundy

Forty years later, the impact of the Beatles’ self-titled ‘return to rock’ stands as a statement of a disenchanted group trying to have fun while slowly fracturing. The PopMatters staff celebrates this undeniable achievement with a five day, song-by-song, side-by-LP side breakdown of the entire White Album.


Thursday, November 20 2008

The White Album: Side Four

The potential breakthrough and the impending breakup, the final side celebrates the Beatles' artistic experimentation -- and the creative contradictions that signaled their eventual end.


Wednesday, November 19 2008

The White Album: Side Three

It's back to basics once again as the band finds the musical muscle memory to mesh all their influences into seven sensational tracks.


Tuesday, November 18 2008

The White Album: Side Two

It's the Beatles 'unplugged' -- from stardom, from pressures, from the friendship that held them together -- while simultaneously reaching inward and outward.


Monday, November 17 2008

The White Album: Side One

It's all guitars and good times as the Fab Four rediscover the joys of jamming -- as well as the hidden pain and problems poised to tear them apart.


Sunday, November 16 2008

Birthday: The White Album Turns 40

In the first day of PopMatters' week-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' self-titled double album, Bill Gibron and Zeth Lundy discuss the record's importance and impact, and why it continues to resonate within popular culture some four decades later.


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