Tag: john lennon

Steven's Book Reviews: Beatles '66 - The Revolutionary Year by Steve Turner (HarperCollins, 2016)

Steven's Book Reviews: Beatles '66 - The Revolutionary Year by Steve Turner (HarperCollins, 2016)
Very rarely have I been able to quote one of the schmaltziest songs ever recorded by Frank Sinatra (and that’s saying something!): “…it was a very good year.” And what a year it was! Steve Turner’s new book Beatles ’66: The Revolutionary Year catalogs Earth Year 1966 for the Fab Four. In those 12 months,... Read more »

The Assassination of John Lennon and The Importance of Mental Health Awareness

The Assassination of John Lennon and The Importance of Mental Health Awareness
Since December 8th is the anniversary of the assassination of John Lennon, I decided to do a bit of musing. But first, a brief summary: On December 8th, 1980, John Winston Lennon was shot dead in the doorway of The Dakota in New York by Mark David Chapman. Prior to the assassination, Chapman showed signs... Read more »

I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit

I'm gonna tell you why modern "commercial" music is shit
I usually don’t like to be pedantic about these sort of things, but have you listened to the Top 40 stations on the radio lately? Gone are the strings of ELO, the innovative rhythm of Blondie, and the genius of The Beatles. Now we have the confused genre jumper Taylor Swift, the computer-generated talent of... Read more »
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"Death and Taxes": Singing for Funerals, The Fountain of Youth, and the Brittleness of Mortality

"Death and Taxes": Singing for Funerals, The Fountain of Youth, and the Brittleness of Mortality
Everyone always thinks that the life of a professional musician is glamorous. Their picture is The Beatles, with millions of screaming fans devouring every song. Their image is of The Rolling Stones, jet-setting and drugging to every “sextreme.” The reality is, unless you’re Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger, you’re going to have to take some... Read more »