Ahead of the release of the artist's posthumous album, a sense of awe and mystery around his huge archive of unreleased music remains
It was a box office flop, panned by critics. But in using the songs of the Beatles to craft a story of Vietnam-era America, Julie Taymor reinvigorated the film musical.
For a decade after they met as teenagers, Lennon-McCartney was the most potent songwriting partnership in pop music.
Chances are your favourite band started out learning the trade at a pub or small club. Venues like this are under threat like never before.
When a 14-year-old Paul McCartney watched Little Richard in the hit film ‘The Girl Can’t Help It,’ he couldn’t have imagined that the two would one day take the stage together.
Unbridled ambition and bruised egos created an irreparable fissure.
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.