The "Favorite Beatle" Question

I watched A Hard Day’s Night yesterday, the Miramax two-disc DVD version released a few years ago. I hadn’t watched one of the Beatles’ films in a while, and my VHS tapes are packed away, so I had little choice but to go with AHDN. It’s a great film. I can’t fault anything of it.Continue reading “The "Favorite Beatle" Question”

John Lennon Remembered

Go. Pull a John Lennon CD. Let it spin. Remember John Lennon–artist, musician, poet, sage–on this, the anniversary of his murder. Instant karma’s gonna get you, Gonna knock you right on the head. You better get yourself together, Pretty soon you’re gonna be dead! What in the world you thinking of, Laughing in the faceContinue reading “John Lennon Remembered”

Free as a Bird: The Dakota Beatles Demos

Monday a package arrived in the mailbox. On Thanksgiving Day I had placed a bid on a bootleg John Lennon CD entitled Free as a Bird: The Dakota Beatles Demos, won it that day, and made a nearly immediate payment through PayPal. And Monday it was mine. It had been a tiring few days atContinue reading “Free as a Bird: The Dakota Beatles Demos”

I am Spartacus!

I am writing a book. There’s a scene in That Thing You Do when the Wonders are about to perform on television, and Lenny asks Skitch, “How did we get here?” And Skitch Patterson, with his Spartacus fixation, says, “I have brought you here, sir, for I am Spartacus.” It’s that sense of unreality thatContinue reading “I am Spartacus!”