Half a century ago, the Beatles were really busy. After Beatlemania broke out in 1963, they played more than 1,200 shows, recorded 12 LPs and appeared in five movies. Some followed the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, or admitted to trying acid, or spurned royal honors, or claimed to be more popular than Jesus. Then, in 1970, they broke up. But that didn’t end Beatlemania. In 1976, “Saturday Night Live” producer Lorne Michaels appealed to the band on the air, offering them $3,000 to reunite. Not long before he was killed, John Lennon had to endure
Comments: An article by a real jerk. FTA "But some of their peers — the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Doors, the Velvet Underground — were just as good." Yeah right, but the Velvet Underground were actually waaaayy better! Does the Post have to be stupid about everything?
200 hundred years ago Beethoven was really busy, but it´s time to let hime go. That is just as stupid a saying as the author´s opinion about letting the Beatles go. If the music is good it will stand the test of time. And most of the Beatles´ songs hold up 50 years later, unlike the Stones, the Who, the Doors etc, who were certainly good but the tunes sound dated today. I was at McCartney´s National´s Park show two weekends ago and loved every minute of it. Let him and the Fabs go? If you can find me something modern that is better, then OK. But you´ll be searching a long time. Until then, let me be with my well worn copy of "Abbey Road."
This article says nothing that anybody needs to know, see, read or even think about. People like what they like. No explanations needed, no reasons or reasoning necessary. Scads of Gen Xers like the Beatles for the same reasons the boomers did: Good music. That´s all we know in this life, and all we need know.
Before the article begins, we read: "Justin Moyer, a musician, is on Outlook’s editorial staff." Jealousy ain´t pretty. Reading this sniffy dismissal of the Beatles´ musical legacy, I am reminded of Harry Truman´s handwritten note ("...an eight ulcer man on a four ulcer job...") to the musical reviewer who panned daughter Margeret Truman´s singing. Although Harry threatened to kick the reviewer in the balls, I´ll refrain from such intentions.
Long after the stink of Moyer´s calcified remains fade from the pinebox in which he will be interred, the Beatles will still be enjoyed by people who love good music. If music is good enough, it should last as long as there are people with ears to listen. Brian Wilson (in the Beach Boys´ immortal Pet Sounds) wrote, "I guess I just wasn´t made for these times." Moyer, who quotes part of that line (unattributed) could say the same about himself.
Deciding which band was best is a subjective judgment. The ones mentioned in the article were all outstanding, and they all provided pleasure to the listener. But the Beatles were the most influential popular music group ever, as much a cultural phenomenon as a musical group. It would be hard to imagine any other modern group matching or exceeding what they did.
One other thing: I love Nirvana and have all their albums, but anyone who claims that Kurt Cobain wrote melodies prettier than (especially) McCartney´s or George Harrison´s later ballads must be deaf. Melodic isn´t a word I´d use to describe Nirvana, who are better known for sonic assault.
There have been over a million articles written about the Beatles and this one has to be the most ridiculous. I don`t even know the point of the article, other than to bash the Fab Four. Guitar sales may be down but so is every other commodity the past 5 years we have been suffering through Obama`s Economy. In fact the Beatles are so hated that Paul McCartney still sells out every venue for which he performs.
Elvis Aaron Presley...Tupelo, Mississippi´s most famous son..."The King"..."The King Of Rock & Roll"...And most importantly, the most illustrious Sergeant E-5, Armor Intelligence Specialist ("Scout") to ever serve in Company "D" & Headquarters Company, 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32nd Armor Regiment of The United States Army´s world-renowned 3rd Armored "Spearhead" Division in Friedburg, Germany during The Cold War Era.
I was 12 when the Beatles first hit the music world. I am now 62 and I still think they are the bomb. My son saw Paul last fall in St. Louis and a week ago here in Indy. The man is 71 and puts on a show like a 25 year old. I´ll take Paul/Ringo over the Stones any day. But in the end it is to each his own.
Take this from someone who loves the Beatles, has performed their music, loves their music, owns the scores and reads them, and listens to them with great care ...
the author has a point.
The Beatles popularity, quite apart from their music, was specific to the time. They were innovators. They innovated. The music world has assimilated their innovations and moved on.
The next great wave of innovators will likely not even be in the pop music sphere.
Tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of people have tried to work in the form the Beatles established. (They didn´t invent it but they did refine and popularize it.) For whatever its worth, none of these followers are likely to have the same impact, musical quality notwithstanding.
I was born on the very tail end of the baby boomer generation and so had to listen to how great all of their music was and how wonderful the Sixties were and all that nonsense.
One of the few good things to come out of that era were the Beatles. Even my mother, who was a classical musician, thought they were wonderfully talented, so whenever one of their songs would come on the radio she´d turn it up for all of us to enjoy.
One of the true pleasures of today is that we can listen to the music we want to on demand. I remember getting excited when one of my favorites was finally played on our local radio station. I´d spend hours listening to dreck, hoping that my favorite song would be played next. My 15 year old has no concept of this, he´s used to everything being "on demand." He doesn´t understand why I still listen to the radio. I do because I enjoy the anticipation, and then the payoff of hearing something I loved all those years ago. It takes me back to simpler times when all I needed was a Beatles song on the radio to make my day.
I disagree with Lennon #11. Elvis was overhyped too. Most of music over the years have been more marketing successes than actual artistry. I do agree this article and the writer are junk. Yes, he is just jealous. Velvet Underground? Oh please...! I miss music. There is not much real music anymore. Rock & roll is fine but it isn´t the end-all, be-all either. It is merely another genre. Music hqs been killed off by those who put sales above art. Rap and hip-hop are not music. Lots of rock is not music either. We have been coerced into accepting junk, flash and sex as being part of music by those who control the media. It´s sad. The music really did die.
George Mason’s home, Gunston Hall, just down the river from Mount Vernon, is closed on Thanksgiving Day but reopens to visitors the day after. In this season when Americans reflect upon all that we are grateful for, these stately and hallowed grounds are a good place to start. Commonly referred to as the “forgotten founder,” George Mason IV had a fair amount of contempt for politics. Especially politicians. It was a dirty, grubby affair that attracted mostly dirty, grubby people. In other words, Mason was clairvoyant.
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