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The Beatles at 60: In times of trouble, listening to their music is like returning to the Bible

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The Beatles at 60: In times of trouble, listening to their music is like returning to the Bible

By Lucy Jones

 

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The Beatles celebrate the completion of their new album, 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', in 1967 ( Getty Images )

 

The Beatles formed nearer in time to the Spanish Flu (1918 -1920) than our current Covid-19 pandemic.

 

This year is the 60th anniversary of the band’s formation but, weirdly in some ways, I’m listening to their music now more than ever. 

 

As the Arts continues to be affected by Covid-19 – festivals cancelled, shows postponed, releases pushed back – the one thing we have some control over is what we listen to, read or watch at home.

 

Music, as we all know, can affect our mood in multivalent ways. 

 

Full Story: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/beatles-60-anniversary-john-lennon-paul-mccartney-george-harrison-ringo-starr-a9441406.html

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6 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

Music, as we all know, can affect our mood in multivalent ways. 

Very true, but for me its deep house and trance in the main, and then where the mood takes me. Happy listening.

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Beatles music is a phase you go through. A bit like Yes or Genesis, if you come from my generation, b.1955.

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There WAS the beatles and there ARE the stones.  Enough said.

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"The Beatles formed nearer in time to the Spanish Flu (1918 -1920) than our current Covid-19 pandemic."   Who ever wrote this was definitely not a Beatles fan.  Most of them were born in the 40's and the band formed in the mid to late 50's.  And now their in the 70's.  Jeez. 

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10 hours ago, nausea said:

Beatles music is a phase you go through. A bit like Yes or Genesis, if you come from my generation, b.1955.

I have some Beatles on my playlist. 

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I was never that fond of Beatles at that time – I'm a 1949'er – more a Rolling Stones and like, rebellionist; however I did go to their only concert in Denmark in 1964, even in the VIP-lounge up front; the truth is that I was invited for free, later I was however happy that I did attend.

 

Today I find their songs, even the older ones from "Rubber Soul" and onward, a lot more interesting than ever before, and realize how great their musically genius was; together, not when later separated.

 

However, I've always be hit by their lyrics, and the story – or message – they passed on; probably mainly John Lennon's work.

 

And yes @Peterw42, the film "Yesterday" was a great fun movie that gave their songs a reprise...👍

It was my teen daughter that persuaded me, she's Beatles-fan...😉

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I seem to remember Chuck Berry being in there somewhere.

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On 4/3/2020 at 6:02 PM, khunPer said:

I was never that fond of Beatles at that time – I'm a 1949'er – more a Rolling Stones and like, rebellionist; however I did go to their only concert in Denmark in 1964, even in the VIP-lounge up front; the truth is that I was invited for free, later I was however happy that I did attend.

 

Today I find their songs, even the older ones from "Rubber Soul" and onward, a lot more interesting than ever before, and realize how great their musically genius was; together, not when later separated.

 

However, I've always be hit by their lyrics, and the story – or message – they passed on; probably mainly John Lennon's work.

 

And yes @Peterw42, the film "Yesterday" was a great fun movie that gave their songs a reprise...👍

It was my teen daughter that persuaded me, she's Beatles-fan...😉

I hated everything after and including Sgt Pepper.

They went from a truly great pop group playing enjoyable songs to a collection of drug addled weirdos making music that is never played in public any more and will vanish into nothing once the last person that liked it dies.

Never let if be said that LSD is harmless.

 

The Stones, on the other hand, stuck to their roots and remain loved by millions, though I chuckle to remember Mick saying that he couldn't imagine still being in the band as an "older" person.

 

I did enjoy the movie.

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On 4/4/2020 at 1:32 PM, car720 said:

I seem to remember Chuck Berry being in there somewhere.

Had he been white he'd be a hero of rock and roll.

Springsteen has an amusing story of standing in for his backing band when they didn't turn up.

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The sounds of my early teens 

Now I luv to hear The MonaLisa Twins, 2 Austrian girls who sing so much of the Greatests early records.

I do wonder at just how the Beatles songwriters had such a deep view into society, as it was back then, before the Swinging Sixties kicked off.

 

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7 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

I hated everything after and including Sgt Pepper.

They went from a truly great pop group playing enjoyable songs to a collection of drug addled weirdos making music that is never played in public any more and will vanish into nothing once the last person that liked it dies.

Never let if be said that LSD is harmless.

 

The Stones, on the other hand, stuck to their roots and remain loved by millions, though I chuckle to remember Mick saying that he couldn't imagine still being in the band as an "older" person.

 

I did enjoy the movie.

Well, Mick Jagger seemed to have been wrong in his predictions...:whistling:

 

I believe that The Beatles most selling album ever is "Abbey Road", and that came after Sgt. Pepper, which by the way included a hit like "With A Little Help From My Friends".

"Let It Be"and "Hey Jude" are also from post "Pepper era", as well as a number of other Beatles-evergreens.

 

But we all have different opinions and taste, as some of us might – like myself – change over time.

 

In my opinion, what makes Sgt. Pepper, and other Beatles-work from Rubber Soul and onward, so exiting is the lyrics, which seems to include some kind of general message or story, or inspired by a couple of books.

 

Stones had a similar period like Beatles' Sgt Pepper era, with the album "Their Satanic Majesties Request", with the Beatles faces covered in the 3D-foreground in photos from "Magical Mystery Tour", which was released just 10 days before...

 

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Yeah, I got into them long after they were famous, brilliant stuff. Haven't listened to them in decades. When I hear it I know it, don't ask me to name the album though. It's like a phase you go through, like your rock n' roll phase, your Tamla phase, your Jazz phase, your classical phase, etc., etc. No doubt there's a whole new generation out there waiting to open up this chocolate box of delights. We all start from ground zero. No-one starts out dancing quadrilles, something my generation might take into account when criticizing the musical tastes of the young.

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