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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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The 21 Best Album Re-Issues of 2018

In 2018, the music world saw amazing reissues spanning rock titans to indie upstarts and electronic to pop of all stripes.

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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.

Music

The Beatles' 'White Album' Sounds Glorious on the 50th Anniversary Edition

Sketches, alternatives, and a beautiful 50th anniversary restoration of the eponymously titled landmark Beatles double LP.

Music

Say It Loud! 100 Great Protest Songs: Part 2 - Steve Reich to the Sex Pistols

PopMatters has scoured the musical spectrum for the best examples of the protest song form, including anthems of great popularity and obscurity alike. Stay tuned all week as we unveil the top 100.

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Relisten Without Prejudice to Yoko Ono's 'Plastic Ono Band'

Americans in the '70s would not accommodate a female Japanese performer of experimental music that is designed to provoke. Have we grown since then?

Music

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.

Music

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.

Music

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.

Music

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Dhani Harrison’s historical document on music's methods of passage through time shows the anxiety of his father’s influence

Music

John Lennon's 'Working Class Hero': Boundaries, Mobility and Honesty

The working class song has to speak of boundaries and ambition, but it also has to say where the performer stands among the people, among the classes—or where he thinks he stands, or wants to stand.

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In 'Beatlebone', Kevin Barry Brings John Lennon Back for an Encore

Barry imagines a lonely 1978 pilgrimage taking Lennon to the uninhabited island off the west coast of Ireland that Lennon had purchased a decade earlier.

Mike Fischer
Film

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
Music

The 10 Best Songs About New Beginnings

In honor of a new year, here is a list of songs that can help nudge even the idlest of souls off the couch in 2015.

Music

In His Own Write: John Lennon's Life in Lyrics

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.

Music

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.

Music

Dance This Mess Around: The B-52's "Rock Lobster"

"There goes a narwhal!" is one of the B-52's most memorable lines. It's also what got John Lennon back into songwriting.

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There Isn't a Single Insertion in 'There Goes Gravity' That Isn't Intriguing

An invaluable look into the lives of our most adored musicians, written with wit, humility, and vibrancy by one of our most revered music journalists.

Books

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.

Music

It’s Johnny’s Birthday: Nine Lennon Tributes

Celebrating John Lennon’s 73rd birthday with songs from famous friends.

Books

'Lucy in the Mind of Lennon' Attempts to Psychoanalyze Art

Though a mixed bag, Lucy in the Mind of Lennon prompts some interesting questions about the interplay between art and scientific inquiry.

Music

Celebrating George Harrison’s Birthday With His Biggest Solo Hits

On what would have been his 70th birthday, let's take a look at his seven biggest hits.

Games

Mods and Mellotrons: The Zombies at Abbey Road

The Zombies had arrived at Abbey Road Studios in June of 1967. Fortunately, the Beatles had left some things behind.

Reviews

Tea Leaf Green: 20 October 2012 - San Francisco

These torch bearers to the original San Francisco Sound are always ready for some musical quidditch.

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Epistles of John: 'The John Lennon Letters'

"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.

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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.

Music

John Lennon’s Biggest Solo Hits in the US

In celebration of what would have been his 72nd birthday, we take a look at the Lennon singles that American audiences sent up the charts.

Music

Counterbalance No. 93: John Lennon's 'Imagine'

I hope someday you’ll join us for a discussion of John Lennon’s 1971 opus—it’s the 93rd most acclaimed album of all time. And the world will live as one.

Music

Celebrating Ringo Starr’s 72nd Birthday with Seven Underrated Songs

With over a dozen albums to his credit, Ringo Starr has many underrated songs. Let’s focus on seven of them.

Television

Catching Up with Former American Idols: Season Seven

Some people said that a rocker would never win American Idol, and David Cook proved them wrong.

Music

When I'm 64 (Plus Six): My Favorite Macca Beatles Songs

To commemorate Paul McCartney's 70th birthday this past week, here is a list of one writer's favorite songs from each proper Beatles album.

Music

Celebrating Paul McCartney’s 70th Birthday With His Most Influential Songs

Taking a look at the Paul McCartney songs that have changed music history.

Reviews

'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.

Books

'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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