How I Became A Beatlemaniac

It all started with a tape. Well, two tapes, actually. The Beatles' Red and Blue albums (or, to give them their official titles, 1962-1966 and 1967-1970) entered my life from almost the word go, sparking an obsession with the Fab Four from Liverpool that endures to this day. Most people have a story about a defining moment when…

How Women Influenced The Beatles

The Beatles were fortunate to have a number of strong women in their lives, who helped shape them into the people they became as well as providing creative inspiration. Whether it was the foundation laid by their mothers (and also, in John's case, his aunt) or the love and support of their wives, women have…

Why Did Hating Paul McCartney Become Cool?

There's no denying it: Paul McCartney gets a lot of hate. Not just from outside the Beatles fan community, but within it too. But why? What is it about him that offends certain people so much compared with his bandmates? In his excellent book, Dreaming the Beatles, Rob Sheffield writes that if you dislike The Beatles,…

Three Irish Fans, Two Beatles And A Rolling Stone: Paul McCartney in London, 16/12/18

Incredibly, it was eight years ago that I attended my second Paul McCartney concert in Dublin (I've written about both gigs on this blog before — here and here), so it was about time I got a chance to see him again. With a new album being released (the wonderful Egypt Station) I wondered if 2018…

Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (Review)

The release of new Paul McCartney music is always a hugely exciting event. Pressing 'play' for the first time, not knowing what you'll hear but hoping it will live up to expectations... there's nothing like it. Egypt Station, his first studio album since 2013's New, is finally here. The title is based on a painting of Paul's…

The Rutles: The “Other” Greatest Band

Over the years there have been many films made about The Beatles, ranging from entertaining to cringe-inducing. One of my absolute favourites is not a straightforward biopic of the band, but rather a parody of them — The Rutles, or to give it its full title, All You Need Is Cash. Released in 1978 as a TV film…

Ringo Starr’s Greatest Drumming Moments

Ringo Starr is arguably the most underrated drummer in music history — which is ironic considering he was a member of the most iconic band of all time. For years his skills have either been criminally overlooked or derided, and he is often seen as being somehow less important than his fellow Beatles. In honour of…