Christmas time is here again! So sang the Beatles on their 1967 Christmas record, one of several now-collectable flexi-discs issued annually to members of the band's official fan clubs in the UK and the US. The records, which often were mini-masterpieces in their own right (1966 and 1967 in particular), featured spoken and musical messages from all four members of the band.
Calling all songwriters! Help support the mission of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus and enter your original music into Session II, 2013 of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest! Make sure to not miss the deadline for submissions, which is this Sunday December 15th at midnight. The contest offers cash awards and prizes worth over $300,000!
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.
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.
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."
As the photo gallery below will clearly illustrate, Framus — the Germany-based manufacturer of guitars, basses, banjos, amps and more — has made some very distinctive and cool-looking instruments over the years.
When recording With The Beatles, producer George Martin frequently bounced tracks from one two-track tape recorder to another in order to add additional overdubs. The technique became less necessary when Abbey Road began making four-track recorders available to The Beatles around the time of A Hard Day's Night.
One of the hardest-rocking songs on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, "Good Morning Good Morning" is also one of the album's most complex productions. As the song developed from The Beatles' basic rhythm track, the recording was fleshed out with horns, layers of backing vocals and a litany of animal noises, requiring that the four-track tape be bounced down twice in order to open more available tracks.