The Beatles Are Not Just For Boomers

I read an article today which argued that the world should move on from The Beatles because they were always overrated — the usual, really. It’s an opinion I’ve heard many times, but what irked me about this particular article was the author’s claim that the reason for The Beatles’ enduring popularity is the ‘arrogance’ of the Baby Boom generation, who are apparently desperately clinging onto things which represent how much better they think their era was. And that includes The Beatles. Continue reading “The Beatles Are Not Just For Boomers”


The Liverpool Adventure – Part 2

Following our hectic day of Beatles sightseeing in Liverpool, Adele and I caught up on some much-needed sleep and woke up bright and early on Saturday morning for our first proper day of Beatleweek. Having picked up our wristbands and itinerary at the very fancy Adelphi hotel (where we unfortunately weren’t staying!) we wandered over to a venue called Alma de Cuba at lunchtime for our first event, Songs The Beatles Gave Away. Continue reading “The Liverpool Adventure – Part 2”

The Liverpool Adventure – Part 1

When I was growing up, I didn’t have any friends with whom I could share my Beatles obsession. It wasn’t until 2012, when I started university, that this changed. I still remember the exact moment. I was sitting in a tutorial in a computer lab when I casually mentioned The Beatles to Adele, the girl sitting beside me. In the conversation that followed, I discovered that not only was she also a massive fan, but had been to the same two Paul McCartney concerts as me. The minute she started showing me pictures of the Beatles places she’d visited in Liverpool, it was obvious that we were on exactly the same wavelength. From that tutorial onwards, we were friends. Continue reading “The Liverpool Adventure – Part 1”

My 5 Least Favourite Beatles Songs

Despite being the most influential band of the last century, The Beatles had some weak links in their back catalogue. It’s okay — everyone does. I would be very surprised to come across a Beatles fan who doesn’t have at least one song they dislike (if that fan is you, I’m very surprised!) so just for fun, I’ve decided to let you in on a few songs that have failed to impress my Beatle-worshipping ears. As you might imagine, these are songs I’m not in the habit of listening to regularly, so I’ve revisited each of them for the first time in quite a while to see if my opinion has changed. In no particular order… Continue reading “My 5 Least Favourite Beatles Songs”

Why Yoko Ono Divides Fans

Yoko Ono is a huge part of the history of The Beatles, and almost fifty years after she first entered John Lennon’s life, she continues to divide fans. There are plenty of people who admire Yoko, but equally there are just as many who still blame her for the band’s demise, and who view her as a negative influence on John. So is she really as bad as she’s been made out to be? Continue reading “Why Yoko Ono Divides Fans”

Favourite Beatle: The Eternal Debate

Who’s your favourite Beatle? It’s a question that’s almost impossible for fans to avoid. Sooner or later someone will ask you, and you need to have an answer for it. If you don’t, they will keep hounding you until they get one. But that’s not enough. You will then have to argue the case for your favourite Beatle, and there will always be that one person who disagrees with everything you say and will try to start an argument over who’s the best. Continue reading “Favourite Beatle: The Eternal Debate”

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (Review)

Every time a new film or book about The Beatles is released nowadays, promising a fresh perspective on the story, one of the first things that comes to mind is, “Will we really learn anything new from this?” Furthermore, is there even anything left to learn? Ron Howard’s new documentary film, which focuses on the band’s touring years up to 1966, manages to tell a familiar tale in an exciting way. It’s easy to tell that this film has been a labour of love for Howard, and it’s sure to generate an immense feeling of love for Beatles fans everywhere watching it. Continue reading “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (Review)”