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Counterbalance No. 14: The Beatles - 'The Beatles' a.k.a. 'The White Album'

The Beatles' 1968 self-titled double LP has been referenced by everyone from Joan Didion to Charles Manson and analyzed literally backward and forward. Mendelsohn and Klinger, always smiling and arriving late for tea, discuss the Number 14 album on the Big List.

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Life Lessons from a Hardcore Pettyhead

I’ve been neck-deep in the philosophy of Tom Petty, my spiritual gangster, for years now and here are the things he taught me.

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Lost Chords, Major Chords, Minor Chords, Dissonant Counter-melodies: 'Dreaming the Beatles'

This biography of the Beatles illustrates how their personality dynamics served as both a necessary elixir and an addictive poison in the creation of their music.

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You're Such a Lovely Audience: 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'

Celebrating Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a little help from their friends; Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Neil Young and the Mona Lisa Twins.

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25 Classic Beatles Songs

These are not necessarily the “best songs" in the Beatles' storied catalogue, but these are the songs through which we might gain the deepest appreciation for their popular genius.

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George Harrison's "Savoy Truffle": Holiday Reflections on Sweets and the Beatles

George Harrison knew that in the time and space that get between us and our food, there's a sense of longing.

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'Agnostic': Against Theists and Atheists

Lesley Hazleton’s brand of agnosticism simply holds open a space for contemplative thinking.

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Various Artists: George Fest

Dhani Harrison’s historical document on music's methods of passage through time shows the anxiety of his father’s influence

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'Petty: The Biography' Is the Weakest of Warren Zanes' Work

Warren Zanes utilizes half his talent in this biography, and delivers weak Tom Petty tea to starving masses of fans.

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Tom Petty and George Harrison Were Two Sides of the Same Bicentennial Coin

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Thirty Three & 1/3, and self-destruction in the Spirit of '76.

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The Beatles Are Pent-Up Prisoners of Their Own Notoriety in 'A Hard Day's Night'

Over 50 years after its release A Hard Day's Night is regarded as a minor classic. It's easy to forget, however, that no one thought the film would ever achieve such stature.

John Firehammer
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The Cathedral and the Shrink’s Office: 'All Things Must Pass' vs. 'Plastic Ono Band'

All Things Must Pass and Plastic Ono Band are the best of the post-Beatles albums because they demonstrate the opposing modes in the ways we exist.

Sam Buntz
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George Harrison: The Apple Years: 1968-1975

Harrison's legacy and his work was much more than a reduction of earthly values wrapped in a song.

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George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75

Listening to the entire production on offer here means delving inside an artist's trajectory. Naivety, genius and clever pop.

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The 10 Best Concert Documentaries

What separates someone merely capturing a night when a band is on fire from a great concert documentary? Here are ten films that bridge that gap.

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Alas, Surface-Skimming Is the Dominant Mode in 'The Beatles Solo'

Books about the Fab Four need to justify themselves. The Beatles Solo, a handsome but information-light and overpriced doorstop, doesn't get there.

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In 'Beatles Stories', Jon Voight Recounts How He Didn't Get to Meet John Lennon, and So On

For being a movie about one of the most beloved bands in all the western world, Beatles Stories sure has a surprising amount of fluff.

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'Revolver': An Admirable Look at Beatles' Evolution

Robert Rodriquez's book is well-written, well-researched, and presented to us by an author with a sense of authority that makes you eager to read -- and listen to -- what he has to say.

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George Harrison: Early Takes, Vol. 1

Early Takes, Vol. 1 is a tiny gem of a collection that offers an intimate look at the songwriting process of George Harrison.

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'Beatlemania', Although a Great Topic, Is Too General, Too Disorganized, and Too Timid

The Beatles entered the American consciousness at a moment when a generation of young Americans were not only strongest in number, but for the first time had real economic power via a growing disposable income.

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Strange Fruit: The Beatles’ Apple Records' Follows Apple's Decay

Dodging the taxman, John, Paul, George, and Ringo launched a new company that included a record label. This is the story of that label. Its name was Apple.

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Cotton Mather: Kontiki (Deluxe Edition)

The Austin-based band’s tracks sound like George Harrison leftovers from the Sgt. Pepper era.

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Martin Scorsese Presents a Complicated Picture of George Harrison in 'Living in the Material World'

"People say I'm the Beatle that changed the most," George Harrison muses in George Harrison: Living in the Material World. "The whole thing is to change, to make everything better and better."

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Tea Leaf Green: Radio Tragedy

Mainstream recognition and financial rewards have been hard to come by, but the band’s seventh studio recording should go a long way towards changing that. Then again, more than likely, it won’t.

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The Top 5 Most Anticipated Music Documentaries

Music geeks are salivating at the prospect of these five upcoming music documentaries.

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Celebrating 68 years of George Harrison

Dubbed “the quiet one”, George Harrison contributed some of the Beatles best work and continued on to an impressive solo career. He died far too soon, but the world still has a lifetime of his work to admire and enjoy.

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George Harrison: All Things Must Pass

For its 40th Anniversary, Harrison's masterpiece keeps a low profile characteristic of the Quiet Beatle. Ignore it, though, to your own detriment.

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Ravi Shankar and George Harrison: Collaborations

Collaborations is an incredible collection of classical Indian music from Ravi Shankar and friends. These discs (three CDs plus DVD) exemplify the spiritual and ageless songs that influenced George Harrison’s music.

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My Friend, George Harrison: Reflections on the Cool Beatle

The minute I saw George in those blue jeans, work shirt, and those sand-colored boots, I had to have them, and that was exactly what I wore for the months that followed.

Christopher Guerin
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George Harrison: Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison

Not quite the definitive tribute that rediscovered George deserved, Let It Roll is a patchy albeit always listenable collection


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