Category Archives: Beatles

The Absences of “Yesterday” (a world without Beatles)

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The Beatles’ Grand Symphony: The White Album

What should have been cut? What should have remained? What would have made this the perfect one-disc Beatles release? Those questions have long accompanied evaluations of The Beatles a.k.a. The White Album, originally issued as a numbered, two-disc 12-inch vinyl … Continue reading

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Micky Dolenz solo concert: Victory Lap and Bucket List

Micky Dolenz knows what makes a performance tick. For his Chicago show at City Winery (June 13) Dolenz reached way back to his Monkees audition number (“Johnny B. Goode”) and carried on through to his latest tunes (“You Bring The … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism: Five by Five

The more you know going into The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism the more you’ll take out of it. It’s at Chicago’s Navy Pier, with tickets on sale through July. Here are a handful of items to spark your navigation, including a … Continue reading

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Behind a Fabricated Beatles History

For stories about the Beatles, the line “It was 50 Years Ago Today” is destined to serve as a repeated hook for the better part of this decade. Most immediately, it was, in fact, also the title of an international … Continue reading

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The Untold Story of the “Untold Story” of the first Beatles recordings (by Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik)

Suppose, for the sake of a better story, you chose to deliberately ignore “inconvenient” facts and details that “got in the way”? In the case of the Beatles, that has happened repeatedly over the past fifty years. With professional pride, … Continue reading

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The Beatles on TV, Live in Your Living Room

The musical dam was already breaking when The Beatles stepped onto The Ed Sullivan Show stage on February 9, 1964. On Billboard’s charts, the group had the country’s top single (I Want To Hold Your Hand). A pair of albums … Continue reading

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