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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.

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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.

    248: Hey Jude Deconstructed with James Campion and Jeff Martin

    248: Hey Jude Deconstructed with James Campion and Jeff Martin

    An entire book dedicated to a single song may strike some as bewildering, but not if the song in question is both The Beatles' longest single (in length) as well as one of their most successful (quadruple platinum): 1968's "Hey Jude." Deceptively simple and universally appealing, the Apple Records debut marked an astonishing launch to their label while serving as an anthem of healing during a tumultuous year - in the world as well as within the band. 

    Author James Campion (Take A Sad Song: The Emotional Currency of Hey Jude) discussed the song with returning guest Jeff Martin and I for nearly two hours. You too will discover what James did - that uncovering the magic and pull of this recording is something that will take you farther than you can imagine. 

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    • 2 hr 1 min
    247: Critiquing The Critics II - This Time It's Personal with Bill Wyman

    247: Critiquing The Critics II - This Time It's Personal with Bill Wyman

    In which the worlds of three returning guests collide to discuss 1) is there (or should there be) a common starting point for all critiques of art and 2) the world of rock criticism generally - what's the purpose and where does it go wrong? 

    Dr. Allison Bumsted is a popular music scholar, specializing in teen magazines (Teen Set in particular) and has written extensively on rock criticism on the 60s and 70s. She appeared on SATB here and here. 
     
    Kyle Driscoll is a writer for Medium.com and this article is where the conversation began: 
    https://medium.com/@kpdriscoll33/the-art-of-quantifying-art-663729c02c89 
     
    He was on SATB here. 

    Bill Wyman has been writing and reviewing art and music for 30 years for outlets ranging from the Chicago Reader to NPR, EW, WSJ and currently with New York and Vulture.com His ranking of The Beatles list can be found here. 
    His SATB appearances include this and this. 

    Check out the Beatles Song Sorter here.   

    • 2 hr
    246: The Rooftop Reunion

    246: The Rooftop Reunion

    Are you Get Back-ed out yet? No? Good, because there are still plenty of avenues to explore within the scope of January 1969. Featured today is something from the vaults: the conversation reuniting three witnesses to the events on Savile Row on 30 January, 1969: Apple press office deputy Chris O'Dell, Beatles equipment manager Kevin Harrington, and EMI tape operator Alan Parsons; yes, the eventual producer and recording artist himself. 

    This was taped live at the Fab4ConJam event in February 2021 and therefore before Peter Jackson's film had been screened. Therefore, their recollections come purer: what they remembered and how they remembered it, unaffected by any more recent info coming their way. They all experienced the day from different perspectives, but over 5 decades on cannot help but be moved by what the were a part of, all these years later. Co-hosting is Beatles author and podcaster Anthony Robustelli. 

    This podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp. Go to betterhelp.com/satb for 10% off your first month of treatment. 

    • 1 hr 26 min
    245: Catch and Kill - Controlling The Narrative with Robert Rosen

    245: Catch and Kill - Controlling The Narrative with Robert Rosen

    Returning guest Robert Rosen (Nowhere Man) penned an essay last year discussing a phenomenon called "catch-and-kill," wherein the powerful who wish to keep unflattering stories from reaching the public exert pressure and influence to keep media companies from publishing them. In the instances he wrote about, a pair of book projects detailing life at the Dakota during John Lennon's final five years were suppressed, for no apparent reason beyond the estate wishing to keep any variance from the narrative they have been controlling for decades to be challenged in any way. This led to a discussion on the why and the how these stories are being kept hidden, despite the legitimacy of the narrators.  
     
    Here's to link to Robert's article in the Village Voice:
    https://www.villagevoice.com/2021/12/07/mike-tree-in-john-lennons-nutopia/ 
     
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    244: Double Fantasy Revisited part two

    244: Double Fantasy Revisited part two

    Luther Russell and I roll into the next hour of discussion and analysis of the intent behind Double Fantasy; about Yoko's standing in the rock world, and how The Beatles might better have dealt with her entry into their world. The album is ripe for a fresh listen, and no matter how you may rank it in the canon, is certainly worthy of an extended discussion as a release so heavy with meaning. 
     
    Enrollment open now for Why The Beatles? - an online 3-session course beginning in October: 
    https://ce.harpercollege.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=9470614&selectedProgramAreaId=27039&selectedProgramStreamId=508576
     
    This podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp. Go to betterhelp.com/satb for 10% off of your first month of treatment. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    243: Double Fantasy Revisited part one

    243: Double Fantasy Revisited part one

    Given the unique circumstance of Double Fantasy - John Lennon's first work in five years and his slaying within a few short weeks of its release - it is hard to assess the final work issued during his lifetime; a joint effort with his wife, Yoko Ono. Its initial tepid reception gave way to it serving as a place for mourners worldwide to project their grief, and has, for some, grown to status as perhaps his finest work. For others, it pointed to evidence of his irrelevancy in a world that had changed during his time away; for still others, it was a showcase for Yoko being in far more tune with the times than the former Beatle. 

    Singer-songwriter/performer Luther Russell (solo artist, Those Pretty Wrongs) returns to the show to make the case for the album representing peak Lennon-Ono collaboration - the culmination of their years together. He argues that it is ripe for reassessment, just as Ram was. See what you think during the first hour of our discussion. 
     
    My "Why The Beatles?" course is here: 
    https://tinyurl.com/3xe56k86 
     
    A sample of Sarabeth Tucek's work:
    https://youtu.be/CTFfoc4aeYg
     
    Luther Russell's YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmDA0CTEdPNeCuZ_I4nAJZA
     
    This podcast is sponsored by BetterHelp. Go to betterhelp.com/satb and receive 10% off your first month of treatment. 

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
239 Ratings

239 Ratings

Thorn 3663 ,

Best Beatles Podcast

This is the best, most informative and most accurate Beatles podcast out there today. Robert is very knowledgeable and has excellent guests and topics. It is most enjoyable and I highly recommend it to any Beatles fan

Joshman68 ,

Great! IF you can get past the intro

I’m a lifelong Beatles fan, which means I’ve been listening to them for over 40 years. I’ve read dozens of books, own every record, know the history inside and out etc. That said, this podcast is fine, IF you can get through the insanely lengthy, pointless, self-serving, cliche ridden, introduction of every single show. As I write this, a nearly 14 minute introduction is on right now from the latest episode. I’m done with it for that reason. There are better Beatles podcasts, which are equally knowledgeable, done with humor, because the hosts realize that this is supposed to be fun-not a gravely important topic with an even more self-important host.

Robert Metcalf ,

Great Podcast! Robert Metcalf

If you are a Beatles super fan like me, this is the podcast for you! It covers everything! Robert and Company deep dive Here, There and Everywhere to inform you about things you never knew! 🎸🥁🎤🌹

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