This week we look at one of our favorite people in the Beatles' story—Linda McCartney. More than just Paul's wife, Linda was a photographer, mother, musician, chef, and entrepreneur. And we think the way she lived her life makes her a badass feminist role model by example.
0:00: Opening chatter
5:20: Latest news
13:09: Announcements: BC the Beatles at the Beatles at the Ridge Festival & our next #beatlesbookclub selection: A Cellarful of Noise by Brian Epstein!
1:08:30: Fave Beatles-related things of the week
We're finally after a long hiatus, launching into our new season with a little Beatles true crime. Was Stuart Sutcliffe, original bassist for the Beatles... murdered? We look at the life of the band's original fifth Beatle, who died of a suspected brain aneurism in 1961, as well as his death, exploring four theories as to the cause of death. Was his death a result of a head injury? If so, did any of the other Beatles play a part? Plus, we go over some of the biggest Beatles stories since our hiatus, as well as our favorite things and some fun announcements!
0:00: Intro & the best news of 2019
15:00: Current news
20:45: Feature: Was Stu Sutcliffe murdered?
49:30: Favorite Beatles thing of the week
On a freezing New Years Day in 1962, the Beatles had their first record label audition, for Decca records. It didn't go so well—the Beatles lost that contract to a competitor group who also auditioned. But that first rejection may have been a key to the whole Beatles' story going forward. We discuss the audition and ask the question, "Would the Beatles have been the Beatles we know today without that first audition and—more importantly—rejection?"
Plus news, history, and our unbridled joy over Paul's recent double bird on the beach!
10:10: Announcements/Giveaway winners
31:00: This week in Beatles History
32:45: Feature: The Decca Audition
1:10:03: Our favorite Beatles-related things of the week
This holiday season, we look at the two most famous—and most polarizing holiday songs from the solo Beatles: Paul's "Wonderful Christmastime" and John's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)." Are these two songs as far apart from each other as they seem?
Plus history, news, an amazing giveaway announcement, and our favorite Beatles thing of the week!
36:05: Feature: "Wonderful Christmastime" and "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" battle to the death! (Not really.)
1:12:29: Our favorite Beatles-related thing of the week
On this edition of #Beatlesbookclub, we discuss Rob Sheffield's fabulous book, Dreaming the Beatles: The Story of One Band and the Whole World, WITH author Rob Sheffield! Rob joins us for a fascinating, insightful, and hilarious discussion about what the Beatles mean to the world today, and how their legacy looms larger with each new generation.
Fittingly, episode number nine is all about the 'White Album' as we run through its history, brand-new reissues, and celebrate its golden anniversary. We also go live from the International White Album Symposium at Monmouth University to turn the spotlight onto the women who inspired the Beatles, particularly John, and who appear on the ‘White Album’—literally and symbolically.
Join us for a full Symposium recap, plus news, big announcements, and a very special favorite Beatles-related thing of the week.
This week, Allison and Erika keep the Halloween spirit alive with a discussion of what is perhaps the most fascinating conspiracy theory in history: the Paul is Dead hoax. How did it happen? What were the clues? Were the other Beatles in on it? Does anyone still believe it? Plus news, history, and an announcement about our upcoming live episode at the International White Album Symposium in Monmouth, New Jersey.
This week, we explore producer George Martin's impact on the Beatles' sound, why he was their perfect match, and the invaluable contributions of the late, great engineer, Geoff Emerick. Plus news, history, and more!
Featuring special guest Ken Womack, George Martin biographer, professor, and director of next month's International White Album Symposium at Monmouth University.
We're celebrating Johnny's birthday (October 9th) with one of the world's most notable John Lennon experts, Jude Southerland Kessler, author of The John Lennon Series. We examine a question that is still relevant today: Was John a sinner, a saint, or something else entirely? Plus latest news, the Egypt Station Metrocard winner, and this week's favorite obsessions.
Our first #BeatlesBookClub episode tackles Love Me Do: The Beatles' Progress, Michael Braun's 1964 real-time account of his time as an embedded reporter with the band at the height of Beatlemania.