What the critics wrote about the Beatles in 1964 (compiled by Cary Schneider, L.A. Times) I did a similar roundup here a few months back – Beatles Invade American Newspapers, Feb 1964 – but my interest was less in what people were saying about the Beatles at the time (not that that’s at all uninteresting) than in what else was going on (headline- and ad-wise, … Continue reading Meet the Critics
Apparently (who knew?), the Vancouver Sun ran Bangs’s John Lennon obituary on December 13, 1980. That’s not available online, but fortunately for us, the Dec. 23 issue is available, and it contains a few responses to Bangs’s piece from readers. Continue reading “Who the hell is Lester Bangs?”
Beatles Welcomed to US by 2,000 Screaming Fans (The Milwaukee Journal – Feb 7, 1964) ‘Yeah, Yeah,’ Fans Screech as Beatles Hit the Beach (St. Petersburg Times – Feb 17, 1964) Home Lauds Beatles Aid: Calls It New Kind of Diplomacy (Toledo Blade – Feb 16, 1964) Rockin’ Beatles Roll In Today (The Miami News – Feb 13, 1964) Beatle Hater Fighting for Past (The … Continue reading Beatles Invade American Newspapers, Feb 1964
…it may well be true that Sgt. Pepper is more bound to a moment than in a lot of the Beatles’ earlier music. The postadolescent philosophizing and premusicianly jamming of some of this music sounds silly now. But if the energy of early rock and roll is bound up in the realization of personal autonomy, this music is about beginning to discover that autonomy carries … Continue reading Silly Wars Cool Down
Seven months ago it was 45 years ago today. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – “Like an overattended child, this album is spoiled. It reeks of horns and harps, harmonica quartets, assorted animal noises, and a 41-piece orchestra.” – Richard Goldstein, review of Sgt. … Continue reading Critical Collage: Sgt. Pepper
The Beatles: For 15 Minutes, Tremendous Nice–Nik Cohn reviews Abbey Road in The New York Times, Oct. 1969. After praising the medley on side two (“there are maybe 15 tunes in as many minutes — all of them instantly hummable, all of them potential hits”), Cohn laces into the rest of the disc: “…the words are limp-wristed [er, ouch–Ed.], pompous and fake. Clearly, the Beatles … Continue reading And in the End
“I must say I enjoyed even the music enormously, possibly because I have not yet been traumatized by transistors into open rebellion against the ‘top 40′ and such. (I just heard ‘Hello, Dolly’ for the first time the other day, and the lyrics had been changed to ‘Hello, Lyndon.’) Nevertheless I think there is a tendency to underrate rock ‘n’ roll because the lyrics look … Continue reading Andrew Sarris R.I.P.