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The Chattering Class (Journalism on The Beatles)
15 December 2015
Ron Nasty
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I came across an edition of The New Statesman from last August that had several interesting articles of commentary about The Beatles, including a piece by Hunter Davis, and a re-publication of Paul Johnson's infamous 1964 column The Menace of Beatlism.

I was wondering where to post it, and couldn't think of anywhere.

So, here we are, it seems, unless someone knows somewhere better, a thread for interesting and thought-provoking journalism about the Boys .

Don't link to ordinary news stories here, but rather those that give something to think about.

Here's the kind of thing I mean:

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Battle of the Beatles: who was the fabbest of the four? (Alan Johnson on Paul; Terry Jones on John; Joan Bakewell on George; Geoff Lloyd on Ringo.)

Class, commerce and pop: what the Beatles mean today

From the archive: The Menace of Beatlism (infamous February 1964 article by future New Statesman editor Paul Johnson)

Come together: the collision of culture, chemistry and magic that created the Beatles (by Hunter Davies)

Forty pairs of abandoned knickers: Maureen Lipman on the Fab Four in Hull

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Great thread idea Ron. I'll be doing lots of reading this morning.

You and I have memories

Longer than the road that stretches out ahead

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