July 22, 2017


114: A Week In The Life – July 1969

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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July 16, 2017


113: Liverpool Stories

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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July 6, 2017


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

  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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June 30, 2017


111: It Was 60 Years Ago Today

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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June 26, 2017


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

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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June 20, 2017


109: Desert Island Solo Discs

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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June 10, 2017


108: The Beatles and Ed Sullivan 

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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June 2, 2017


107: Sgt. Pepper at 50 – A Conversation

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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May 30, 2017


106: Deconstructing The Beatles – Revolution 9

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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May 22, 2017


105: Marshall Crenshaw, The Beatles and Power Pop

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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