In rock ‘n’ roll’s nascent years—when Bill Haley was giddily rocking around the clock and later, as the Who’s Roger Daltrey screamed “hope I die before I get old!”—the notion that popular music had any lasting cultural value was almost uniformly … [Continue reading] about Everything Fab Four: Teaching the Beatles
As the Beatles whiled away the summer of 1968 recording The White Album, they briefly interrupted the proceedings to record their landmark single “Hey Jude” b/w “Revolution.” When it was released in August, the single was a watershed moment in many … [Continue reading] about Everything Fab Four: Taking a Sad Song and Making It Better
For many readers, the most ambitious literary project of the past few decades has been J.K. Rowling’s bestselling Harry Potter books. I’m here to tell you that they’re wrong. For my money, the most daring project in letters has been, hands down, Jude … [Continue reading] about Everything Fab Four: The John Lennon Series with Jude Southerland Kessler
The most notorious song during the Beatles’ sprawling sessions associated with The White Album was, bar none, the tension-riddled recording of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.” The song would require some 42 hours to record, with Paul McCartney leading his … [Continue reading] about Everything Fab Four: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Darn
Last summer, music fans the world over celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ groundbreaking LP Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. This time around, we mark 50 years since the July 1968 premiere of the Beatles’ animated feature Yellow … [Continue reading] about Everything Fab Four: We All Live in a Yellow Submarine!