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114: A Week In The Life – July 1969

July 22, 2017


While echoes of 1967 live on this year with 50-year commemorations of Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love, the events of two summers later were, if anything, even more portentous as far as the Beatles’ story goes. In this episode, Richard and Robert examine one specific week: July 1 through July 9, 1969. These eight days marked the […]

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113: Liverpool Stories

July 16, 2017


Our guests in this episode – Jim Mawer and “Rita” – are not likely anyone you’ve ever heard of before. They’ve haven’t written books or appeared as guest speakers at any Beatle fan gatherings.

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112 77 on 7-7: Ringo Starr and The Beatles Beat 

July 6, 2017


  In honor of his birthday, Richard and Robert honor Ringo by focusing an entire show on his drumming (as well as that of his predecessor). Aboard for the discussion is Gary Astridge, Ringo’s drum historian and archivist, as well as Alex Cain and Terry McCusker, authors of Ringo Starr and The Beatles Beat. We’ll […]

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111: It Was 60 Years Ago Today

June 30, 2017


July 6, 1957 is the day that should be commemorated in Beatledom for all that sprang from it: not only in terms of the Beatles’ career,

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110: Take Me To The Bridge – Beatles Middle 8s Examined

June 26, 2017


In another listener suggested topic, Richard and Robert examine this aspect of song craft and how it evolved in Beatles recordings over time.

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109: Desert Island Solo Discs

June 20, 2017


Suggested by a listener, your hosts, Robert and Richard divulge their post-Beatles desert island discs (and books and videos, too) favorites, in a follow-up to their earlier Beatles Desert Island Discs show.

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108: The Beatles and Ed Sullivan 

June 10, 2017


In this special extended episode, Richard and Robert take listeners back to 1964 and the life-changing live TV debut of The Beatles in America before 73 million.

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107: Sgt. Pepper at 50 – A Conversation

June 2, 2017


In what’s likely to be the first of a series of Sgt. Pepper discussions, Robert and Richard attempt to sort out their feelings toward a most complicated and singular Beatles release

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106: Deconstructing The Beatles – Revolution 9

May 30, 2017


Before you roll your eyes, take a second: in this special episode, Richard and Robert dissect what is easily the most polarizing recording of The Beatles’ entire canon: the musique concrète produced by John, with assistance from Yoko and George, issued on their wildly expansive 1968 self-titled double album.

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105: Marshall Crenshaw, The Beatles and Power Pop

May 22, 2017


Said Allmusic about our guest: “He writes songs that are melodic, hooky and emotionally true, and he sings and plays them with an honesty and force that still finds room for humor without venom.

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