The story of the album, which was released 40 years ago, is a classic tale of how bands struggle with unchecked egos and competing visions.
As the album celebrates its 50th anniversary, an expert in sound recording details how the band deployed stereo and synthesizers to put a unique artistic stamp on this iconic album.
Regarded as one of The Beatles finest albums, Abbey Road is the last time all four band members were in the studio together.
There is a long list of bands that fell apart over artistic differences. But conflict between band members – and even some creative sledging – can be crucial to making better music.
Planned only a few days earlier, the Jan. 30, 1969 rooftop concert by the Beatles was their last. It is fitting the show included Billy Preston who symbolized their global collaborative efforts.
Fifty years after its release, the Beatles' White Album continues to inspire and provoke creativity.
Remixing a Beatles album might be seen as both artistically redundant and cynically commercial. But this remixed classic allows us to experience the album in a new way.
A few musicians metaphorically took to the streets. But most fled for cover.
John Lennon's Revolution was panned by the radical media as a 'petty bourgeois cry of fear' in 1968. Then, in 1987 it was claimed by Nike to be the controversial soundtrack of its most seminal advert.
South Africa's dysfuctional municipalities are characterised by very poor, or no delivery, of basic services such as refuse collection.
The Fab Four made a less than fabulous film.
Pinching musical phrases and stylistic approaches has always been a part of art making and can be a respectful exchange. But shallow, ill-informed appropriation only perpetuates tired stereotypes.
The murderous cult leader's notoriety has not diminished over four decades in a US jail.
Musicians were able to connect with confused, scared and angry Americans – including those who supported the war – in a way actors, broadcasters and writers could not.
Dubbed the greatest album ever by Rolling Stone, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is turning 50. We asked six experts how it had stood the test of time and found opinions diverged widely.
Long after people with dementia have forgotten the names of their loved ones, they can still recall songs they learned in their teenage years.
The Beatles have released their early recordings in mono and the Rolling Stones are soon to follow suit. Fans think they sound better.
The 'Jesus' controversy is often considered a watershed moment in the Beatles’s career. And yet it remains largely misunderstood.
For those on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Artists, their life expectancy is on par with the people of Chad, the nation with the lowest life expectancy in the world.
The way we experience music has changed. So, what should the 21st-century music classroom look like?