Geek The Beatles: Lennon’s Last Years

John Lennon’s life-saving retreat into domesticity is legendary, most particularly because it was subsequently and violently stolen away from him by a fanatic passing as a Christian. This crucial period has been the source of much Beatles and Lennon fandom, and now it has a new convert:

The year was 1975 and an ex-Beatle, at the height of his fame, chose New York City to raise his young family, setting career, adoring fans, and creative contemporaries aside. Just five years later, John Lennon was dead.

Lennon adapts award-winning author David Foenkinos’ legendary novel to graphic album form, with striking black-and-white illustrations by French artist Horne. This piece of true biographical fiction recounts the defining moments and experiences that shaped pop music’s – and popular culture’s – most influential voice, as captured by Eric Cobeyran’s moving graphic novel adaptation.

The graphic novel follows the extraordinary trajectory of the iconic singer/songwriter – from his difficult childhood, through Beatlemania, to his solo career. In his novel, Foenkinos imagined and transcribed the artist’s sessions on his therapist’s couch. Lennon reads like a classic autobiography, with the star as narrator.

Lennon shelves across the universe in May 2017.


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The Beatles, Revolver. One of the greatest albums of all time, from one of the greatest bands of all time, with one of the greatest covers of all time.
The Beatles, Revolver. One of the greatest albums of all time, from one of the greatest bands of all time, with one of the greatest covers of all time.

Paul McCartney Brings “Tomorrow Never Knows” Back to the Future

Paul McCartney is working on a new project utilizing vintage gear he once used to make tape loops for The Beatles’ landmark track “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

“I’ve dusted off the same two old machines that I used for ‘Tomorrow Never Knows,’” McCartney said during a wide-ranging phone interview.

“We’re having trouble finding spare parts. But my man Eddie Klein, who works in my studio and is an old Abbey Road guy, is a real boffin and has got the machines working again.”

Inspired by the musique concrète of German composer and early electronic music pioneer Karlheinz Stockhausen, McCartney’s recombined found sounds for “Tomorrow Never Knows” created an aural sensation utterly new to pop music when the song appeared on The Beatles’ epochal 1966 album Revolver.

Combined with The Beatles’ other technical and stylistic experiments — including John Lennon’s transcendental lyricism, engineer Geoff Emerick’s studio innovations, George Harrison’s Eastern drone and Ringo Starr’s proto-hop percussion — “Tomorrow Never Knows” helped plot the coordinates of future music.

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McCartney Talks Technoculture, Tape Loops, Digital Libraries, Wikileaks

This is the first part of my two-part interview with The Beatles’ postmodern knight, the right honorable Sir Paul McCartney. The second is below. It was an illuminating technocultural process. Here are the pubs that syndicated our Geek The Beatles pleasure:

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