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Gimme Five: Jeff Beck’s ‘Happenings Ten Years Time Ago,’ ‘People Get Ready,’ others

Gimme Five: Jeff Beck’s ‘Happenings Ten Years Time Ago,’ ‘People Get Ready,’ others

On Beck’s birthday, we select five examples of his frisky genius.

Deep Beatles: “I Saw Her Standing There” (Star Club, 1962)

Deep Beatles: “I Saw Her Standing There” (Star Club, 1962)

This raucous rendition possesses a rawness not present on the more familiar album cut.

Deep Beatles: “Ask Me Why” (Star Club, 1962)

Deep Beatles: “Ask Me Why” (Star Club, 1962)

Lennon and McCartney embark on their unprecedented run as songwriters.

Deep Beatles: “The Hippy Hippy Shake” (Star Club, 1962)

Deep Beatles: “The Hippy Hippy Shake” (Star Club, 1962)

The Beatles never recorded a studio version of “The Hippy Hippy Shake,” instead using the obscure Chan Romero barnburner to rev up early live audiences.

Books: I Want to Tell You: The Definitive Guide to the Music of the Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963 by Anthony Robustelli (2014)

Books: I Want to Tell You: The Definitive Guide to the Music of the Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963 by Anthony Robustelli (2014)

While Beatles books continue to flood the market, few focus on specific musical details. Who played what instrument? How did producer George Martin contribute to the group’s sound? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, why do the Beatles’ recordings stand the test of time

Deep Beatles: The Beatles Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany 1962 (1977)

Deep Beatles: The Beatles Live! At The Star-Club In Hamburg, Germany 1962 (1977)

“The Star Club Tapes”: this very phrase inspires spirited debate among Beatles fans. Are they garbage, or do they serve as an important historical document? Should they be officially released, or has Apple been correct in prohibiting a Beatles-sanctioned Star Club album?

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.