Archive for May, 2010

Beatles Psychedelia 1966-67

Posted in Beatles History, Open Context Model of Learning with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2010 by fred6368

Beatles Creativity (4) All You Need is Heutagogy

Being settled in London The Beatles had fed their creativity in 1964 & 65 with a series of collaborations with their musical peers. They were now rooted in London’s social life with Ringo’s legendary flat at 34 Montagu Square their main hangout outside of Abbey Road studio 2. London in the early sixties was exploding with the energy of new post-war ideas that revolted out of art schools into style, fashion and design. This was exemplified by Mary Quant, miniskirts, Bazaar, photography, magazines, beatniks, Viper skiffle, rock n roll, clubs, Coke, uppers, music and working-class cool. For the very first time, in the country that had invented trade unions, the working class were being celebrated for their cool rather than their militancy. Terence Stamp, Michael Caine, Duffy, Donovan and Bailey along with Twiggy and others were democratising the cultural industries. The Beatles took the next step which was to re-invent their own cultural industry, music, through the love they made with their creative use of their studio craft, collaborations (Martin’s arrangements & Geoff’s engineering), Paul’s music hall melodies, John’s performance art decision-making, Ringo’s rhythmic support, George’s ego-less experiments and new songs; psychedelia. Starting with a “song” so iconic even Dan Draper (Mad Men) listens to it. Tomorrow Never Knows  of course! There is a continuous YouTube Playlist of this post here. Continue reading

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Beatles Albums 1964-65

Posted in Beatles History, Open Context Model of Learning with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by fred6368

Beatles Creativity Phase Three; Album Artists

By the summer of 1964 The Beatles had used up all that their ears had taught them as an audience-responsive live band and recycled it back creatively as a pop singles machine. They had answered demands for a UK number one, an American number one, a movie theme tune, a classic rock n roll EP and had accidentally invented the modern rock album when they delivered the Hard Days Night soundtrack album with extra tracks, all written by Lennon and McCartney. The studious Beatles however were bored and Lennon entered his ‘fat Elvis’ period doubting the value of fame and “writing every day.”  And then Bob Dylan turned up. Bob Dylan had been blown away by the endless stream of Beatles hit records on the radio when he was driving across Colorado in the Spring of 1964 and their driving rock was to influence him and the rise of folk-rock. But the influence was mutual. George had bought Dylan’s second album Freewheelin’, played it constantly and persuaded Paul and John of its value. They met him at New York’s Delmonico’s on August 28th 1964 and Paul discovered the seven levels. Dylan’s immediate impact can be heard in John’s lyrics, tone and harmonica I’m A Loser; Continue reading

A Beatles Live! Show; London 1962

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2010 by fred6368

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Following on from the history of The Beatles Live 1957-63 which looked at how John, Paul, George and Ringo came together, this post contains a simulation of what a great Beatles live show with Ringo might have sounded like. You can hear it as a YouTube Playlist called A Beatles Live Show 1962. I am imagining that it is in London, England in late 1962 before they had a real hit single with Please Please Me but when Love Me Do was the highlight of their show; as recommended by Beatles fan Deni Lavender. 1-2-3-4! Live!! The Beatles!!! I Saw Her Standing There;

Roll Over Beethoven; I can’t seem to find any real recordings in London in late 1962 but I have taken the advice of Deni who saw them live many time between 1962 and 1964 in London. So here is George to the fore on the legendary Ready Steady Go! TV Show. This was Hip Swinging London beamed out to the British provinces so that we could all share in Beatlemania. But their live show still contained many of their 1962 live numbers and this was a staple. Authentic screams over an authentic live performance of Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven;

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Beatles Singles 1962-64

Posted in Beatles History, Open Context Model of Learning with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2010 by fred6368

Beatles Creativity Phase Two; Singles Men

Trevor Horn, who in November 1963 was inspired to become a producer when he noticed the difference between the Beatles error-strewn live performance on the Royal Variety Show compared to the exuberant polish of their studio songs, observed that there is always one weak member of a group when it comes to recording; which is why he says he never recorded U2.  George Martin thought the same with Pete Best and, sadly, I think that Pete was a live rock n roll drummer and not cut out for the studio work supporting the song that Ringo delivered at Abbey Road; here are The Beatles trying to find their recording feet whilst auditioning with Pete Best on Love Me Do;   Continue reading

Beatles Live 1957-1963

Posted in Beatles History, Open Context Model of Learning, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2010 by fred6368

The Six Phases of Beatles Creativity (1) Outlier Outlaws

How did The Beatles come into existence, and how come they were so creative? Using the six phases of creativity identified on 9 after 909 I will use YouTube videos to try to explain this online. The first period I will look at,  1957-1963, is the same period as that identified by Malcolm Gladwell when The Beatles were Outliers, or unknown unknowns, and in the process of self-creation. The pre-Fab Four were such Outlaws that they had to travel to, and work in, Hamburg’s red light district to make their music during 1960-62, the most significant part of this time. Bob Spitz in The Beatles The Biography identifies the Litherland Hall Concert in Liverpool on December 27 1960, after the Beatles returned from Hamburg in black leather, as the point at which they became legends in their own backyard. Nice short film about Litherland made by their manager of the time Allan Williams. But even legends started small and The Beatles started as The Quarrymen. Here they are with Buddy Holly’s That’ll Be The Day Continue reading