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A Place for Us: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and the Legacy Captured in 'Imagine John Yoko'

Imagine John Yoko is a beautifully curated recollection of a song, an album, successive films, and the legacy of peaceful idealism from the people who made it happen and carry on with the message.

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"The Goodness of Privacy in a Warm Room with Books"

We all search for escape, and while music, drugs, radicalism, or fame may ease the monotony, the protagonists of so many of these tales find themselves at the end of their narratives still constrained.

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Fab Four, Five Thugs, Six Years, 'Beatles vs. Stones'

John Lennon brooded: "Everything we do, the Stones do four months later."

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Rain: Norsk Suite

Obscure Norwegian psychedelic group finally comes to light with Beatles songs in tow.

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Ten Great Musical Gifts for the Holidays

This year saw the release of many truly stellar box sets and re-issues from the Holy Grail of Western pop music (the earliest Louis Armstrong recordings and the Beatles remasters on vinyl) to indie heroes like Sugar and folk pioneer Woody Guthrie. Here's ten of our faves.

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Reconsidering the Beatles at Their Psych Height with ‘Magical Mystery Tour’

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.

Jason Gross
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Rock 'n' Roll Is Dead? Again?

Actor Jack Black recently joined a long line of prognosticators shaking the death rattle for rock 'n' roll. However, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl says, "There will always be rock 'n' roll." If saltine crackers are any way of judging, I'm with Grohl on this.

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Scorpions: Comeblack

Comeblack is guaranteed to leave fans of classic Scorpions scratching their heads, and those looking for an introduction to the group are advised to search elsewhere.

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Various Artists: Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 3

A great cause inspires a halfway-decent Beatles tribute album.

David Bloom
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'The Love We Make' Is One for the Vaults

You gotta know when to roll 'em, know when to cut 'em, and know when to let it be.

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A Contradictory Man, A Contradictory Text: 'Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music-A Definitive Life'

Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music—The Definitive Life contains an exhausting amount of information and critical opinion, but it is definitely not definitive.

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Pipes You See, Pipes You Don't: Lost in the Pancakes

It sounds like the Beatles piano-driven tracks, and is that ever a bad thing?

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The Farewell Drifters: Yellow Tag Mondays

These guys don't do angst, and they don't wear overalls.

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Soulive: Rubber Soulive

Instrumental organ trio cover the Fab Four.

Bill Clifford
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Koes Plus: Dheg Dheg Plas & Volume 2

A valuable introduction to the early years of Koes Plus.

Deanne Sole
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John Meeks Shows Off His Noir Side on 'Old Blood'

Don't let the man's tender tenor fool you: he's got a dark side. And the juxtaposition of the sweetness and menace are part of what makes the music so compelling.

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The Beatles on Record (videos)

A wonderfully produced documentary on the most important recorded legacy of popular music.

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20 Beatles Buried Treasures

A list of the nearest things in the most overexposed catalogue in the history of popular music to “deep tracks”.

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Please Please Me: Sixties British Pop, Inside Out by Gordon Thompson

This book is one of the most thorough, as well as one of the most entertaining and engaging, treatises on the topic yet written.

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Jason Falkner: Bedtime With The Beatles Part Two

Billed as for sending young ears off to dreamland, Jason Falkner's brilliant reimagining of classic Beatles songs proves pleasant for infants and insomniacs alike.

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Composing The Beatles Songbook

The ghost in the Beatles musical machine is the personalities of the "something-extra" in their performance that resists transference to others.

Marc Acherman
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Ringo Starr: Photograph

As McCartney wrote "Silly Love Songs", Ringo was actually writing silly love songs. And you know what? There's nothing wrong with that.

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Reflections of a Renaissance Man: An Interview with Paul McCartney

From Astaire to T-Pain, from Little Richard to de Kooning, Paul McCartney talks with PopMatters and covers it all.

Christian John Wikane
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Sgt. Pepper at 40, from A to Z

It was 40 years ago today -- to be precise, June 1, 1967, in Britain, a day later in the former colonies of America -- that the Beatles changed the world.

Bruce Dancis
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The Beatles and Philosophy by Michael Baur and Steven Baur [Editors]

Perhaps Lennon's pop-song gibberish happens to have a fluke connection with Hindu philosophy, but it seems irresponsible to make intentional bedfellows of the two.

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