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 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”

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”

The Trials of a Millennial Beatles Fan

I’m what you might call a second or third generation Beatles fan (I can never quite work out where the line is drawn). By the time I was born, two decades had passed since their break-up. This had one big advantage: it ensured that I would grow up with the internet, which gave me a place to indulge my obsession and connect with like-minded people from around the world. Visiting Beatles fan sites, participating in forums and chatting with others — some my own age, some older — who loved The Beatles as much as me, watching endless clips on YouTube (where else could you watch Paul McCartney making mashed potatoes?) and, of course, writing this blog… the internet has made it easy for us all to come together (pun absolutely intended) and express our shared interest. Continue reading “The Trials of a Millennial Beatles Fan”

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”

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”