What If Your Favourite Beatle Changes?

Whether they care to admit it or not, everybody has a favourite Beatle. Unless of course you don't like The Beatles at all, in which case I would suggest consulting a doctor — there's probably something you can take for that. There are a myriad of reasons why we might find ourselves drawn to a…

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…

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,…

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…

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. Marcotte says that…