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Weird and Sweet, Riotous and Hushed: The Beatles' 'The White Album'

The Beatles' 'The White Album' is a piece of art that demonstrates how much you can stretch, how far you can bend, how big you really are. The album is deeply weird. It has mass. It has its own weather.

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Revolution None: The Beatles' 'Wide Album'

How the Beatles fell into avant garde hell with 1968’s unreleased Wide Album.

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The Whiteness of this Whale

Trying to cut "The White Album" down to size is ultimately like chasing that whale around all the continents and hunting him down: it can’t be done.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Beatles: White Album - Side 3

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Beatles: White Album - Side 2

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Zeth Lundy and Bill Gibron

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