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I’m Not the Beatles: The John and Yoko Interviews 1969-1972, by Howard Smith (2014)

I’m Not the Beatles: The John and Yoko Interviews 1969-1972, by Howard Smith (2014)

There’s a moment during the eight-disc set John & Yoko: I’m Not the Beatles when every Beatles fan will envy Village Voice journalist Howard Smith.

Deep Beatles: “Hold Me Tight” from With the Beatles (1963)

Deep Beatles: “Hold Me Tight” from With the Beatles (1963)

Some Beatles tracks forged new sonic territory, and others just rocked hard. “Hold Me Tight,” a track off 1963’s With the Beatles, harkens back to their beginnings in Hamburg and Liverpool

New Music Monday: John Frusciante, Roger Daltrey + Wilko Johnson, Paul Butterfield

New Music Monday: John Frusciante, Roger Daltrey + Wilko Johnson, Paul Butterfield

John Frusciante continues his deeply intriguing, deeply idiosyncratic solo career, underscoring just why he had to leave what was once thought to be a career-defining partnership with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

For all of his talent, Kurt Cobain was not the spokesman for my generation

For all of his talent, Kurt Cobain was not the spokesman for my generation

I was finishing my senior year in college, and remember watching MTV’s announcement of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, 20 years ago today. I admit I wasn’t surprised, as he always seemed like a tortured soul. Two decades later, I must admit, I still feel ambivalent toward Nirvana.

Deep Beatles: “I Need You,” from Help! (1965)

Deep Beatles: “I Need You,” from Help! (1965)

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to my last Deep Beatles column on “The Night Before,” this week shines the spotlight on another underrated Help! track: “I Need You,” an early George Harrison composition that still sounds haunting and airy.

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (2014)

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (2014)

Elton John was a star on the rise in 1973, having gained critical and commercial success in the UK and U.S. in just a few years.

Books: The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert (2014)

Books: The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert (2014)

Deep Beatles: “The Night Before” from Help (1965)

Deep Beatles: “The Night Before” from Help (1965)

Was “The Night Before” the Beatles’ response to the Shirelles’ 1960 hit “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”? The 1965 Help! track could be seen that way, as it deals with a common topic: what happens the morning after intimacy?

Deep Beatles: “Wait,” from Rubber Soul (1965)

Deep Beatles: “Wait,” from Rubber Soul (1965)

The Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul is an embarrassment of riches. In addition to its stellar material, it signaled the final days of Beatlemania and a transition into more experimental sounds and sophisticated songwriting.

Deep Beatles: “Cry Baby Cry” from The Beatles (1968)

Deep Beatles: “Cry Baby Cry” from The Beatles (1968)

John Lennon may have called it “a piece of rubbish,” but “Cry Baby Cry” symbolizes one of Lennon’s more underrated compositions. Written while in India, “Cry Baby Cry” serves as a twisted nursery rhyme, and he would return to the motif years later on Double Fantasy’s “Cleanup Time.” The 1968 tune landed on the White Album, and still intrigues withRead More