The Beatles “White Album” 50th Anniversary: How can an album accomplish so much by embedding itself indelibly in popular culture, continuing to influence generations a half century after release, while on the surface revealing so little about its contents and its creators?
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Paul McCartney returns for “Flowers in the Dirt” In the Studio #1500 with Redbeard !
The Beatles #1+ sellers including “Lady Madonna”,”Hey Jude”,”Get Back”,”Something”,”Come Together”,”Let It Be”, and “The Long and Winding Road”. Paul McCartney hosts part two, and additional comments from my interviews with the late George Harrison are here, too
Like Mahatma Gandhi and the Reverend Dr.Martin Luther King jr. , deeply committed social reformers dedicated to peaceful change , John Lennon was assassinated December 8 , 1980 . I am reminded of a wall poster in the very early 1970s which chillingly showed the barrel of a gun pointed right between the viewer’s eyes from a distance of about one inch . Underneath it stated simply , ” Just because you have silenced a man does not mean you have converted him .”
Do not be misled . The forces of evil manifested in intolerance , fear , power , and greed killed John Lennon . Mark Chapman was simply the unwitting trigger man . But like Gandhi , Dr. King , John & Bobby Kennedy , Anwar Sadat in the Mid East, and Benigno Aquino in the Philippines , John Lennon was unbowed to his worldly end in the belief that ” all you need is love ” .
Paul McCartney, after the Beatles breakup, made a much-anticipated return to the stage this week in 1976
It was fifty years ago that US audiences were introduced through a Paul McCartney song,”Come and Get It”, to a little-known English band The Iveys, soon to be rechristened Badfinger and to become second only to The Beatles in sales on the Apple Records label.
Here is Genesis 30 June 1990 performing “Mama” to over 100,000 on one humid, rainy day at that year’s annual Knebworth Festival outside London.
Jim calls out the companies big and small who were first offered the VariLite …and passed (it’s a big club, they should print up jackets ); Genesis manager Tony Smith catches the Hail Mary pass; wire-wrapping thousands of microprocessor card connections by hand, flawlessly, & delivering 55 VariLites to Genesis in nine months, Sept 1981; […]
How then do we explain Creedence Clearwater Revival and their five hit albums in three years, leaving the best for July 1970’s “Cosmo’s Factory” , all written, arranged, produced, and sung solely by John Fogerty fifty years ago? Enjoy my very rare classic rock interview.
Ten years ago “It’s Only Natural” that Aussie all-stars Crowded House would want to celebrate. It was the twenty-fifth anniversary of the brilliantly eclectic, melodic quartet and they had a new studio album, “Intriguer”, dropping as well…