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Criticism of the Beatles
2 October 2011
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
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10 August 2011

Hard to imagine, but back in the day the criticism of the Beatles was withering.

Who said this? "Drinking Dom Perignon '53 above 38 degrees is as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs."


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"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
2 October 2011
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The Kingdom of Marigold
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20 September 2011

I always knew Bond was a twit...

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that." "What happens to them?" insisted Milo. "Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars." –The Phantom Tollbooth
2 October 2011
Into the Sky with Diamonds
New York
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10 August 2011

But not Sean Connery. He did a great reading of "In My Life" on George Martin's compilation of Beatle songs done by others. (I forget the name).

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)
2 October 2011

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1 May 2011

Noel Coward is on record criticising The Beatles, however this may have something to do with Noel requesting to meet all 4 but only Paul went as John, George and Ringo couldnt be bothered. a-hard-days-night-paul-11


  A perfect example of Paul's acceptance of the ethical boundaries of show business came when the Beatles were appearing in Rome in 1965. Epstein told them all that Noel Coward, staying in the same hotel, would like to meet them. Paul recalls that the other three sounded bored by the prospect and suggested they all pretended they were not in. But Paul thought: 'We can't snub Noel Coward! He's two flights downstairs and he's asked to meet us! He's the grand old dame of British show business and we're the new young things.' So Paul went alone to meet him.

                                 (Taken from Ray Coleman. McCartney, Yesterday and Today:The Enigma of John Lennon)


He told us not to get overwhelmed by grief and whatever thoughts we have... to keep them happy, because any thoughts we have of him will travel to him wherever he is. (John Lennon - 27/8/67)
3 October 2011
Inside a Letterbox
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I was always amused by William F. Buckley's hyperbolic attack on Beatles music (just google it.) If he was truly that horrified, how would he have reacted to the Rolling Stones or the Animals?

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
8 September 2014
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8 November 2012

Article by a classic critic who eventually came around.


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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

8 September 2014
Funny Paper
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1 November 2012

I remember my sister's ex-husband was a high-class South African of British culture who was born approximately 1925 (so he was already in his 40s by the time the Beatles got going) dismissing the Beatles because he thought they "stole" many of their ideas -- and he insisted that they stole the phrase "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Di" from some college chant in England.  I just found him an amusing

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8 September 2014
Canberra, ACT
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29 August 2013

That 'Beatles Literary Anthology' book has some interesting articles on both sides of the fence.

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