Author Archives: Jim Booth

About Jim Booth

Novelist, college professor, rock musician - are we getting the band back together? Maybe....

Baby You’re a Rich Man: how does it feel…?

“How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?” – John Lennon This song, coming as it does in the wake of the triumphant Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, is one of those that often slips beneath … Continue reading

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Some people hate higher ed…but they love their teams….

“While 58 percent of Republicans believe colleges and universities have a negative impact on the direction of the United States, I sincerely doubt they feel the same way about their alma maters, their public flagship institutions, the university hospital where their … Continue reading

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Back in the USSR: because everything old becomes new again, right…?

“It’s tongue in cheek…. I remember trying to sing it in my Jerry Lee Lewis voice, to get my mind set on a particular feeling. We added Beach Boys style harmonies.” – Paul McCartney The song that opens The Beatles, “Back … Continue reading

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I’m So Tired: of a lot of stuff…

“…and curse Sir Walter Raleigh/He was such a stupid git….” – John Lennon “…and the time will come when you see we’re all one/And life flows on within you and without you….” – George Harrison I wrote a couple of … Continue reading

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I’m So Tired: so say we all, John…

“I think it’s 100 per cent John. Being tired was one of his themes; he wrote ‘I’m Only Sleeping.’ I think we were all pretty tired but he chose to write about it.” – Paul McCartney Being a Beatle was, … Continue reading

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Random thoughts about the record album – part 6: one last hurrah…and into the mystic

“There hasn’t been anything real since grunge. That was the last movement led by music or an art form.” – Daphne Guinness (Read part 1, part, 2, part 3, part 4, part 5) The last great movement in rock music – … Continue reading

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Dear Prudence: John’s beautiful dreamer…

“Dear Prudence is me. Written in India. A song about Mia Farrow’s sister, who seemed to go slightly barmy, meditating too long, and couldn’t come out of the little hut that we were livin’ in….  That was the competition in … Continue reading

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