Hosted by award-winning author Robert Rodriguez, Something About The Beatles is an intelligent but entertaining examination of The Beatles' music and career. Smart, funny and surprising - just like the Fab Four.
211: Meeting Paul Saltzman in India
It was in 1968 that a young Canadian filmmaker, seeking solace in TM for a broken heart, was befriended by The Beatles in Rishikesh during their immersive study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In 2000, Paul Saltzman published his wonderfully immediate photos in a book (The Beatles in Rishikesh), later augmented and re-published as The Beatles in India in 2018. 2020 saw the release of his documentary, Meeting The Beatles in India - a film that brings together others who were there (Pattie and Jenny Boyd) as well as the real "Bungalow Bill," Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn and filmmaker David Lynch, a major booster of TM.
You can check out Paul's website here, and see the film as well as participate in a Q&A with Paul at the first Fab4ConJam on February 21, 2021.
210: The Beatles 1962 - 1970
Big things take much time to execute: both this episode and the long-awaited event I've been teasing for the last few months....
First: the new show. SATB 210 features n guests and no host; instead, it depicts in rigid but scaled down time, the unfolding of their career from the October 5, 1962 issue of "Love Me Do" to the May 1970 issue of "The Long and Winding Road" as a final US single. What lies between is the sounds of their hectic pace, with interviews, shows, projects, radio, film and TV populating their days. There is no greater way to get the context of their hard work and success than experiencing it in context.
(Want to hear a version, Beatles only? Click here . )
Next: the really big show - welcome to the first Fab4ConJam, coming February 20-21, 2021. It's two days of global community, featuring speakers, panels and music celebrating the world's greatest unifying force.
Check out the site now for details as they unfold.
209: The Wish List
In which Luther Russell and myself detail our picks for the things in the vault known to exist, group and solo, that we one day hope for Apple to release, in well-presented packages. This episode was the live round-the-world broadcast we did from Chicago back in September 2020, powered by in.live (thanks David Simon!) and that is why you get to hear a bit of the city in the background, along with loads of rare audio detailing what we're talking about.
Happy Holidays to all and onward and upward in 2021!
208: The Beatles As Guitarists with Mike Pachelli
If you aren't already aware of this veteran jazz/blues guitarist's Youtube channel with loads of deconstructions of their music, by all means, check it out. Mike has been performing and recording for decades (18 solo albums), as well as with artists ranging from Phil Keaggy to Micky Dolenz. Like so many others, his life was changed on the evening of February 9th, 1964. Much of the what he absorbed beginning then became the basis for his career, which he now shares in the form of informative videos.
In this discussion, he offers his insights into what The Beatles' primary guitar players were up to and the basis of their brilliance.
Check out MikePachelli.com, and his most recent project - High Standards - which features Tony Levin and Danny Gottleib.
207: John Leckie/Plastic Ono Bands
This episode features a conversation between Luther Russell and I with producer John Leckie - if you aren't familiar with his name, you may be with the acts he's worked with (working backwards chronologically): My Morning Jacket - New Order - Radiohead - Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians - The Posies - Stone Roses - XTC - Dukes of Stratosphear - Human League - Simple Minds - Magazine - Be Bop Deluxe - Wizzard - Mott The Hoople - Barclay James Harvest - Syd Barrett - Pink Floyd - Roy Harper - Paul McCartney and Wings.
For the purposes of our discussion, we focus on three key albums he worked on at the onset of his career: the pair of Plastic Ono Band releases by John and Yoko, and All Things Must Pass. It's those first two that we examine in detail, fifty years on (well, a little Pink Floyd too). John has the stories and the insights - it was our honor to host him (and keep him from his dinner).
206: Performing The Beatles
Returning guest Jack Petruzzelli of The Fab Faux has been playing Beatles music onstage all over the world since 1998. In this conversation, he goes into detail about what goes into the effort to replicate heavily-produced music not necessarily intended for live performance, by a core of five members.
Given the current conditions, the band is on hold, but Jack can be seen performing online on his Facebook page ("Thursday night service"November 19th 8pm ET), as well as his interactive Beatle class:
Thanks to Joe Chinnici for recording the Fab Faux in New York for the Sirius XM Beatles Channel.