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.
John Lennon wrote this gentle folk-rock ballad in the autumn of 1965 at his home in Kenwood, St. George’s Hill Estate, Weybridge, Surrey. Just as "Yesterday" mysteriously came to Paul McCartney, "Nowhere Man" simply came to Lennon at dawn after he'd stayed up all night, struggling to come up with a new song for Rubber Soul. He happened upon a phrase, "nowhere man," which, he felt, described his own fears about himself.
The Beatles' 19th single in Britain — "Get Back," backed with "Don't Let Me Down" — was released April 11, 1969, so the song was already well known when the Let It Be album was released more than a year later. However, the single version (available on Past Masters) was recorded January 28, 1969 (as was "Don't Let Me Down"), while the album version was recorded the previous day — and it shows.
Following his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, Paul McCartney took over Hollywood Boulevard for a 15-song set. McCartney played two songs on the roof of the El Capitan Theatre before heading downstairs to delight a crowd of 10,000. He played some Beatles favorites and songs from his new album, New.
Guitarist/singer/songwriter Jackie Lomax died Monday, September 16, at age 69. He died on on the Wirral Peninsula in North West England, which he was visiting to attend the wedding of one of his children. Although Beatles fans will most likely remember Lomax for recording a George Harrison-penned track called "Sour Milk Sea" in 1968, Lomax originally rose to prominence as a member of a Merseybeat group called the Undertakers in the early ’60s.
"'Something' was written on the piano while we were making the White Album," George Harrison explained in 1980. "I had a break while Paul was doing some overdubbing, so I went into an empty studio and began to write. It didn't go on the White Album because we'd already finished all the tracks."
On September 6, 1968 — at the behest of George Harrison — guitarist Eric Clapton entered Abbey Road Studio Two in London to overdub lead guitar onto a brand-new Beatles song called "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
No song in The Beatles' catalog features as many literary and social references in its lyrics as "I Am the Walrus." In writing it, John Lennon drew inspiration from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (the walrus), a playground nursery rhyme that he and his pals sang as children (the line beginning with "yellow matter custard") and the traditional song "Marching to Pretoria."