Monthly Archives: February 2017

I Want to Hold Your Hand…and then, America….

“We wrote a lot of stuff together, one-on-one, eyeball to eyeball. Like in I Want To Hold Your Hand, I remember when we got the chord that made the song. We were in Jane Asher’s house, downstairs in the cellar … Continue reading

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Lost Highway: Peter Guralnick’s search for the roots of roots music – part 1, fame and its discontents

“You see, from the honky tonks you got such a mixture of all different types of music, and I think what happened is that when Elvis busted through, it enabled all these other groups that had been going along more … Continue reading

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Remembering George Harrison…

George Harrison’s 74th birthday…a bittersweet reminder that All Things Must Pass… (originally published in 2015) In many ways it’s pointless to write or say much more about The Beatles. They remain, despite revisionist rock historians’ best efforts, rock music’s most … Continue reading

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George Harrison’s Don’t Bother Me…and then there were three….

“‘Don’t Bother Me’ I wrote in a hotel in Bournemouth, where we were playing a summer season in 1963, as an exercise to see if I could write a song. I was sick in bed.” – George Harrison John Lennon … Continue reading

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The Fool on the Hill…McCartney’s ode to differentness

“He never listens to them… He knows that they’re the fools” – Paul McCartney Here’s the thing about Paul. As I have ¬†written before on more than one occasion, McCartney rubs a lot of people the wrong way. He’s the … Continue reading

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The Beatles remind us there’s a place…

“There…is a place/Where I can go/When I feel low/When I feel blue…” – John Lennon, Paul McCartney The English composer and musicologist Wilfrid Mellers, in his now classic scholarly study of the Beatles, Twilight of the Gods, ¬†calls the early … Continue reading

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Lady Day’s blues: Billie Holiday remembers…

“I can’t stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, it ain’t music, it’s close order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.” … Continue reading

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