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”

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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”

George Martin – One Year On

George Martin passed away a year ago today, aged 90. I remember being incredibly shocked and saddened by the news. Only the day before, I’d been talking to a friend about my admiration for him and how lucky we were to still have him around. The next day, he was gone. It was one of those horrible coincidences that sometimes happens. Continue reading “George Martin – One Year On”

My Favourite George Harrison Songs

Today marks what would have been George Harrison’s 74th birthday. To celebrate, I’ve decided to share some of my favourite songs from his solo career. Of course there’s so much to choose from that I could go on forever, but I’ll try to stick to a top ten. Here we go… Continue reading “My Favourite George Harrison Songs”

Where The Beatles Fit Into Today’s Music Industry

The TV ads have begun for the 2017 Grammy awards, and all the usual suspects are being mentioned: Adele, Beyonce, Drake etc. But there’s added interest for us Beatles fans as Eight Days a Week is nominated for Best Music Film, and the reissue of Paul’s Tug of War album is up for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. Hardly a year goes by when The Beatles are not recognised by the industry in some way, which just goes to show how relevant they continue to be. Continue reading “Where The Beatles Fit Into Today’s Music Industry”

Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2010: The Return Trip

A few weeks ago I wrote about my first time seeing Paul McCartney in concert back in 2009. It was the most perfect experience of my life and I never for a minute thought it would happen again… but it did. Just six months later, on 12 June 2010, he returned to Dublin to play an outdoor gig at the RDS on his ‘Up and Coming’ tour. Continue reading “Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2010: The Return Trip”

Christmas With The Beatles

Everyone loves a good Christmas song (well, most people). Many rock and pop artists have released festive-themed tunes over the years, and the four members of The Beatles were no exception. As a group, they recorded a song called ‘Christmas Time (Is Here Again)’ which appeared on their Christmas fan club record in 1967. But each of them also released Christmas songs as solo artists. Here’s a look at them. Continue reading “Christmas With The Beatles”

One Sweet Dream: Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2009

20 December 2009 was the best day of my life: it was the day I saw Paul McCartney live for the first time. I was 17 years old and it had been a lifelong dream of mine to see my hero up close. When I heard on the radio one day in October that there was a “very strong rumour” he would be coming to Dublin, my heart almost stopped. The next day it was officially confirmed that he would be playing the O2 (now called the 3Arena) on 20 December as part of his ‘Good Evening Europe’ tour. Oh my god! Continue reading “One Sweet Dream: Paul McCartney in Dublin, 2009”