The recently remastered and stripped-down versions of Double Fantasy offer a revealing glimpse into John Lennon’s spirit and artistry. In this Guitar World exclusive, session guitarists Rick Nielsen and Earl Slick and producer Jack Douglas discuss the stories and sounds behind Lennon’s final album.
Paul McCartney was generally known for writing "silly love songs" like "Yesterday" or cheeky whimsy like "When I'm Sixty-Four," but occasionally he could rock every bit as hard as John Lennon. While The Beatles recorded numerous violent rockers, few were more fiery, savage and controversial than McCartney's "Helter Skelter."
Scott began working in the tape library at London's Abbey Road Studios in 1963 at age 16. Abbey Road was a place where The Shadows, The Hollies and, most famously, The Beatles had already started making history.
In terms of George Harrison's guitar playing, we get to hear the good (his whammy-bar-laced guitar solo on "Till There Was You"), the not so good (his lackluster solo on "Lucille") and the intriguing (His better-than-the-EMI-version solo on "I Saw Her Standing There" opens up so many possibilities).
If you’re not Beatles obsessed, you’re likely scratching your head at all the hubbub. You might have been one of the more than 8 million people who bought 1994's Live at the BBC and enjoyed the playful nature of the Beatles and the load of tracks the band never recorded for their conventional releases. But really, Live at the BBC was only the tip of the iceberg.
Rock and roll was as present as ever at this year’s New York Comic Con. Among the ever ground-breaking use of music being touted in the latest video game releases, and the series of Daft Punk collectible figures and the duo’s new Random Access Memories box set on display at NYCC this past weekend, author Vivek J. Tiwary was the real star.
The editors of Guitar World have published a new digital book, The Beatles On the Record. The eBook provides an in-depth look at the Beatles’ studio achievements through the group’s 13 albums and their associated singles.
John Lennon would've turned 73 today, October 9, 2013. Of course, he left behind some incredible music. As one of the Beatles' founders, chief songwriters, guitarists and vocalists, he pretty much permanently altered the face of pop culture.