A podcast that explores the dream of the Beatles. Diana Erickson, co-host of Another Kind of Mind is joined by a core group of contributors to discuss various subjects around the Beatles. A progressive take on the music, people, and narrative of the Beatles.
The Man In The Middle: Journalist Ray Connolly
Ray Connolly is a British journalist and writer. Ray is a true insider, someone who was so deeply involved with the Beatles that he almost is a character in their story. Ray also spent significant time with the Lennons from 1968 until 1980.
Ray has the distinction of having been friendly with both Lennon and McCartney—at one point even delivering messages between them when they could not talk to each other.
In this episode, Diana and Ray discuss a number of topics including Lennon/Ono's relationship, The Breakup, Paul and Linda McCartney, The Lost Weekend, and the Lennon/McCartney partnership.
Ray is the author of many books including Being John Lennon: A Restless Life, The Ray Connolly Beatles Archive, and Sorry, Boys, You Failed The Audition. Most recently he wrote a radio play call Devoted, about his experience with Covid.
The Breakup Series: The Divorce Meeting! (Ep. 11)
Diana and Phoebe discuss the infamous September 20th "divorce" meeting where John Lennon declared he wanted a divorce from the Beatles. We examine the various recollections of the meeting from both Lennon and McCartney's perspectives in an effort to understand what actually transpired between them, how they each viewed the meeting, and how they spun the story afterward. We debate whether John's declaration was reactionary, a true cry of emancipation, a strategic move that required a countermove, or even whether this truly was the end of the Beatles. After 10 episodes of backstory, we have arrived at the divorce meeting.
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Bonus Episode: The '86 Q Interview Cleaned Up/Restored (A companion to Salewicz episode (#15))
In 1986 Chris Salewicz interviewed Paul McCartney for Q magazine and recorded the conversation for reference. Since then Salewicz's personal recording has made its way to YouTube. This interview is notable because it captures McCartney in a refreshingly open and candid mood, where he was very forthcoming about his thoughts on the Beatles, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, George Harrison, and his treatment in the press. Unfortunately, since the audio was never meant to see the light of day, the audio is substandard and distracting.
Chris and I often reference this interview in episode #15 ("McCartney as Artist: A Conversation with Chris Salewicz) so I have cleaned it up and included it as a companion piece to that episode.
Audio restoration/clean-up done by Ben Jousselin: Ben.firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul As Artist (NEW Audio!): A Conversation With Chris Salewicz
Diana and Chris Salewicz discuss Paul McCartney the man and the artist. They explore his defining traits and what people get wrong about him, and they also talk about Chris's epic 1986 interview with Paul — one of Paul's most candid interviews ever. Updated Audio!
Two of Us: Exploring Creative Partnerships with Joshua Wolf Shenk
A conversation with Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, about creative partnerships.
Diana and Joshua discuss the Lennon/McCartney partnership, and how they exemplify and light up so many of the core tenets of creative pairings.
Instant Karma: A postcard to to a friend
“The two guys as friends, there was never a time when they wouldn’t have fought for the other guy, so, you know, they wrote songs about it, you know John would just write Instant Karma and Paul would write a song back at him. And that’s how they fought. Writing songs at each other.” — Alice Cooper
In the first installment of the Song Series, Diana and Dr. Duncan Driver analyze the meaning of the song Instant Karma. Could there be more to the song than a surface-level reading? Could it provide more insight into the breakup period? Diana and Duncan make the case that it does.
Making it make sense
Really enjoying your insights which I haven’t seen elsewhere and which make so much sense. They build on and (significantly) enhance themes that seemed clear coming in new to the Beatles a couple of months ago and just looking at the data. Surprisingly to me, the main benefit of your approach is helping me to understand and (try to) reconcile John’s behaviour, which is otherwise just so mean and unlikeable that it’s been alienating. I'll definitely keep listening - your focus on giving them equal weight (and emotions) makes them both much more understandable and makes their relationship and so the story make far more sense than any other site or podcast I’ve found. Thanks!
I love this podcast! So fascinating to hear such a thoughtful and well evidenced take on the break up. It makes so much sense and it’s like I’m rediscovering my favourite band again. Love it!!