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.
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.
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."
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Eleanor Rigby" by guitar legend Al Di Meola. The track is from Di Meola's new album of Beatles covers, All Your Life, which will be released September 10 by Valiana Music and Media/Songsurfer.
Every now and then, we stumble upon something on YouTube that's totally new to us — including this video, which was actually posted in 2009. It's the never-officially-released 10-minute-long, experimental version of the Beatles' "Revolution 1," a track from 1968's The Beatles, better known as "The White Album."
A few years ago, the editors of Guitar World magazine compiled what we feel is the ultimate guide to the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time. The list, which has been quoted by countless artists, websites and publications around the world, starts with Richie Sambora's work on Bon Jovi's “Wanted Dead or Alive” (100) and builds to a truly epic finish with Jimmy Page's solo on "Stairway to Heaven" (01).