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volume 1
january 1999

John LennonNotes on ... Series 65 - 103

 





  Becoming artists (1965 - 1966)
  by Alan W. Pollack
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  In the middle of the sixties rock musicians began to see themselves as artists. The Beatles stood at the front of this movement, treating their music as an artistic expression of their emotions and a serious reflection of their feelings. The Beatles already departed from their image as teenage stars with their first single of the year 1965 Ticket To Ride / Yes It Is, which appeared in April. This tendency became stronger in their summer single Help! / I'm Down, released in July, and the sound tracks on on the album with the same name, released in August. December saw the album Rubber Soul and the single Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out. The Beatles started late in 1966. In July they released the single Paperback Writer / Rain. One month later, in August, the album Revolver followed step. As Pollack shows in his analyses the development of the group in these years is ruled by a growing independency from their musical roots.

065 Ticket To Ride (1992) 47
066 Yes It Is (1992) 50
067 Tell Me What You See (1992) 54
068 You Like Me Too Much (1992) 52
069 I'm Down (1992) 58
070 The Night Before (1992) 51
071 I Need You (1992) 49
072 Another Girl (1992) 48
073 It's Only Love (1993) 60
074 I've Just Seen A Face (1993) 57
075 Yesterday (1993) 59
076 Cover Songs on 'Help!' and 'Beatles VI' (1993) 60b, 56c, 56b
077 Drive My Car (1993; 2001) 64
078 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (1993) 63
079 Nowhere Man (1993) 69
080 Think For Yourself (1993) 73
081 The Word (1993) 74
082 Michelle (1993) 71
083 What Goes On (1993) 72
084 Girl (1993) 76
085 I'm Looking Through You (1993) 70
086 In My Life (1993) 67
087 Wait (1993) 61
088 If I Needed Someone (1993) 66
089 Run For Your Life (1993) 62
090 Frequently Asked Questions About the 'Notes on...' Series (1993)  
091 'Paperback Writer' and 'Rain' (1993) 80, 81
092 Taxman (1994) 84
093 Eleanor Rigby (1994) 86
094 I'm Only Sleeping (1994) 85
095 Love You To (1994) 79
096 Here, There, and Everywhere (1994) 91
097 Yellow Submarine (1994) 88
098 And Your Bird Can Sing (1995) 83
099 For No One (1995) 87
100 Doctor Robert (1995) 82
101 I Want To Tell You (1995) 89
102 Got To Get You Into My Life (1995) 78
103 Tomorrow Never Knows (1995) 77
   
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  Copyright © 1989-2001 by Alan W. Pollack. All Rights Reserved. This article may be reproduced, retransmitted, redistributed and otherwise propagated at will, provided that this notice remains intact and in place.
  In case you want to quote these pages, please refer to the original sources. So for Pollack's remarks on "Free As A Bird" refer to: Pollack, Alan W. (1995), Notes on "Free As A Bird". Notes on ... Series no. 194, 1995. The 'Official' rec.music.beatles Home Page (http://www.recmusicbeatles.com).
  Conversion to HTML by Ed Chen, Mike Markowski, Bruce Dumes, and Maurizio Codogno. Indexed and adapted for Soundscapes by Ger Tillekens.
  The numbers in the last column refer to the second, updated edition of Ian MacDonald's book: Revolution in the Head. The Beatles' Records and the Sixties. London: Random House (Pimlico), 1997.