Why Brian Epstein Was So Important

Brian Epstein died 50 years ago, on 27 August 1967, leaving a massive void in the lives of the four Beatles and those who worked closely with them. Brian wasn’t just a manager; he was a friend and a mentor. Without him, The Beatles wouldn’t have been the band we came to know and love. And after his death, they were never quite the same. Continue reading “Why Brian Epstein Was So Important”

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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. Continue reading “The Rutles: The “Other” Greatest Band”

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 his birthday, it’s time to challenge that view and celebrate some of his greatest drumming moments.
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Paul McCartney’s Amazing Longevity

It’s hard to believe, but today is Paul McCartney’s 75th birthday. How did this even happen? The man who once imagined in song what it would be like when he was 64 is now eleven years older than that — and rather than resting on his laurels, he’s still out there touring and making great music. So, in honour of the occasion, I wanted to celebrate his incredible longevity. Continue reading “Paul McCartney’s Amazing Longevity”

Why Sgt Pepper Is Not “Music For Men”

As expected, the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper has resulted in a huge number of articles being written about it. The opinions range from ‘greatest album of all time’ to ‘most overrated album of all time’. And then there’s this — an article by Amanda Marcotte for Salon which argues that Sgt Pepper was essentially music for males. Continue reading “Why Sgt Pepper Is Not “Music For Men””

The Beatles In The 1990s

After their break-up, The Beatles spent a number of years trying to move on with their lives and establish themselves as solo artists. But no matter how much success they had as individuals, the world remained obsessed with their achievements together as a band (and rightly so). The 1990s was the decade in which Paul, George and Ringo fully embraced this incredible legacy. Continue reading “The Beatles In The 1990s”

The Beatles In The 1980s

If there’s one decade that gets a bad rap, it’s the 1980s. It’s often seen as a low point for many musical legends of the past; a time of bad hairstyles and fashion choices, and work that now sounds very dated. It certainly had its challenges for the former Beatles, but it also had its triumphs. Continue reading “The Beatles In The 1980s”

The Beatles In The 1970s

As the 1960s came to an end, so did the band who helped define the decade. The break-up of The Beatles had been coming for some time, and it finally became public knowledge in April 1970 when Paul McCartney announced his departure (John Lennon had informed the others of his intention to leave several months earlier, but was urged to keep the decision a secret for the time being). Continue reading “The Beatles In The 1970s”

Beatles On Film: The Fab Four And The Big Screen

The Beatles made their first foray into the world of film in 1964 with A Hard Day’s Night. From then on, it was a medium they could never quite leave behind. In addition to the ones they made together, all four of them pursued their own individual film projects over the years, with varying degrees of success. Continue reading “Beatles On Film: The Fab Four And The Big Screen”

The Beatles As Musicians

It’s probably fair to say that The Beatles are revered for their songs first and foremost. This is hardly surprising; however, I’ve always felt that their musicianship has been somewhat overlooked as a result. Hardcore Beatles fans will always sing their praises in this area, but how often do you hear the average person rave about John Lennon’s guitar playing? They’re far more likely to talk about his talent as a songwriter. Continue reading “The Beatles As Musicians”