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Beatles Week on Vulpes Libris

This week marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first coming to America and culminating in their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday Feb. 9th. Already well known in the U.K., they had topped the charts in the U.S. with their first album, Meet The Beatles in December, so they were poised to conquer the world. And they did.
But The Beatles were not merely a trendy music group, they actually changed society, with an impact on fashion, religion, political activism, and of course, music itself. Many of the technical aspects of writing and recording were done for the very first time by The Beatles. And they still influence musicians, artists and others today.
This week is a reflection of not just that era and our memories, but an appreciation of their music, personalities and effect on our lives. Because for a brief time, it really did seem like all you needed was love.

Monday- Guest writer John makes the first of two appearances in this Beatles week with a tour through The Beatles’ London.

Tuesday- Jackie steers us through the very thorough resource book  The Rough Guide to The Beatles .

Wednesday- RosyB looks at some solo songs of John Lennon and wonders if a bit of primal screaming therapy might have helped the Beatles too.

Thursday- John returns to indulge in some high-level Beatles nerdery with Recording the Beatles.

Friday- Leena takes a fresh look at the band’s beginnings in the graphic novel Beatles With An A by Mauri Kunnas.

Saturday-To end the week, an assembly of everyday people’s favorite Beatles songs and why.

Photo of The Beatles in 1964 from Montreal Gazette.

3 comments on “Beatles Week on Vulpes Libris

  1. Toffeeapple
    February 3, 2014

    Ye gods, they left their nasty Uriah Heep-like mark on everything, didin’t they? Nasty.

  2. Kate
    February 3, 2014

    No. You haven’t read David Copperfield recently or you’d remember that Heep was a conniving evil toad doing down his good master and saintly colleague to gain a good woman and a business of his own by illegal means, OR (Marxist version) he was a hard-working man of the people who was struggling to overcome the iniquities of the class system that saw all his hard work trampled over when the new upper-class boy arrived and ruined his promotion chances. I can’t see a Beatles reference in there at all.

  3. elaine simpson long
    February 3, 2014

    I grew up with the Beatles and attended concerts they gave. I still have my entire collection of vinyl LPs which I bought right from the start as they came out. I am interested in selling these by the way in case anybody is interested

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