Tag Archives: The Beatles

Hey Jude 50

Sunday, August 26, marked the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles’ biggest hit, “Hey Jude.” Here’s what Rolling Stone has to say about the song and it’s role as a high-water marker in The Beatles song catalog as well as their partnership as friends and as a band… “Hey Jude” sums up the [...]

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Who Stoned Whom

Under the moniker Ian & Sylvia, Ian and Sylvia Tyson were a Canadian folk duo that came to occupy a central role in the folk music revival that rattled and twanged out of Bleeker Street, beyond Greenwich Village, and into the popular music charts in the early 1960′s. The pair moved to Greenwich Village where [...]

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Vintage John Lennon Cartoon

Recently, I was browsing through stories via Flipboard and I came across this delightful piece about a vintage animated short film based on John Lennon’s instantly recognizable cartoon doodles. Here’s a bit from the Brain Pickings site… …six years after the beloved Beatle’s assassination, Ono commissioned independent animator John Canemaker to create a short animated [...]

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The Legend of Dylan Thomas

Nowadays, it’s hard to remember a time when poetry really mattered. I still love to read poetry and write poetry, and I occasionally get out to read my words in a bar or a coffeehouse in Nashville where other poets gather to share their words, but it’s almost always a case of singing to the [...]

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Lost Beatle

It’s the time of the year when we remember the “Fifth Beatle,” Stuart Sutcliffe who started “The Beetles” with John Lennon before his untimely death at the age of only 21 on April 10, 1962. Stuart was the band’s original bass player as well as a dedicated painter who left the band to pursue a [...]

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John & Yoko TV Movie

Five years after his assassination, this made-for-television drama tells the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I wasn’t aware of John and Yoko a Love Story before my girlfriend discovered it online, but it’s definitely worth watching. The 1985 flick picks up at the height of the fallout of John’s comments about The Beatles [...]

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Donovan in Atlantis

This summer we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the release of Donovan’s seventh studio album Barabajagal. Donovan isn’t always mentioned among the legendary singer/songwriters of his generation, but put on his Greatest Hits LP and tell me if you hear one bad song. Better yet, take a listen to Barabajagal which is one of his [...]

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Happy Birthday Magical Mystery Tour

This year we celebrate the 45th birthday of the U.S. release of The Beatles’ psychedelic, experimental film, Magical Mystery Tour. The band’s third movie, Tour was released in theaters in America, but it was actually a made-for-television project when it debuted on sets across Britain on Boxing Day, December 26, 1967. The best Beatles flicks [...]

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Straight, No Chaser at 25

Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser is one of my most important movies. The documentary was released 25 years ago in 1989. I saw it when I was a junior in college in the early 1990′s. The film assembles German television footage from the late 1960′s, ties it together with contemporaneous interviews and even includes a [...]

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