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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.

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By Michigan Reviewer 2. - Mar 27 2020
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Variety of Beatle topics. Host is a Bealtes author, although not one of the top-tier authors, nevertheless does a decent job. Not terrible. Not great. A very decent podcast.

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By Rondemonz - Mar 10 2020
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Every Beatles podcast is unique but this is one of the stand-outs if you’re looking to learn more behind the scenes with guests who were either there or were close to the Fabs. Supplemented with lots of audio and unreleased material, the host is of the highest caliber of Beatles experts. He’s read and heard it all but is never condescending. I appreciate that in a storyteller or host. Highly recommended for those looking for the deepest dive into learning something new about the the greatest-ever band. I also recommend Fabcast for a more opinionated and conversational-based podcast The Beatles.

iTunes Ratings

44 Ratings
Average Ratings
38
1
4
0
1

Decent

By Michigan Reviewer 2. - Mar 27 2020
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Variety of Beatle topics. Host is a Bealtes author, although not one of the top-tier authors, nevertheless does a decent job. Not terrible. Not great. A very decent podcast.

Love It

By Rondemonz - Mar 10 2020
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Every Beatles podcast is unique but this is one of the stand-outs if you’re looking to learn more behind the scenes with guests who were either there or were close to the Fabs. Supplemented with lots of audio and unreleased material, the host is of the highest caliber of Beatles experts. He’s read and heard it all but is never condescending. I appreciate that in a storyteller or host. Highly recommended for those looking for the deepest dive into learning something new about the the greatest-ever band. I also recommend Fabcast for a more opinionated and conversational-based podcast The Beatles.
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Something About the Beatles

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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.

Rank #1: 127: John Lennon, “Invisible Guitarist”

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John once observed that, in his opinion, Paul was “…an egomaniac about everything else about himself, but his bass playing” – which was as influential as it was innovative. It is therefore a delicious irony to report the same was true of John: while he touted his status as an artist (not to mention “genius”) at every opportunity, he could be surprisingly reserved / conflicted about his own technical abilities on his chief instrument.

In this episode, I talk with musician/producer Ben Rowling, who breaks down John’s unsung contribution to The Beatles’ sound, as well as the impact he had on the rhythm guitarists that came after. With isolations and recreation, no one will ever again think of John’s instrumental Beatles work as “invisible.”

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Dec 04 2017

1hr 51mins

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Rank #2: 93: Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane At 50

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Half a century ago, The Beatles ushered in the second half of their career – the studio years – with this landmark double A-side release. Though the single’s commercial fortunes might not have reflected it, the Lennon-McCartney songwriting team was at its zenith in terms of creativity and desire to break new ground. In this episode, Robert and Richard trace how the band utilized their newfound freedom, no longer restrained by the requirements of touring. Songs include a performance of SFF by Rosalie Cunningham – check out the video here.

Find Richard’s books here.

Find Robert’s books here.

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Feb 17 2017

1hr 29mins

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Rank #3: 30: The EARLY Beatles

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In this episode, Richard and Robert explore the origins of The Beatles, through an examination of the Skiffle phenomenon in post-war Britain; the Quarry Men and the core of John, Paul and George coming together.

Songs include: “Mama Don’t Allow,” “In Spite of All the Danger,” and “I’ll Follow The Sun.”

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Christmas is coming and the Something About The Beatles 2016 calendar is here!

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Nov 14 2015

1hr 30mins

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Rank #4: 46: “Winter of Our Discontent” Part Two – Savile Row

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(Remember part one?)

In this expanded episode, Richard and Robert revisit the second half of January 1969 and the “ill-fated” project that ended up as the Let It Be film and album. Picking up from where they left off, your hosts examine the day-by-day events that culminated in the famous rooftop performance (see it here) as well as the introduction of Billy Preston to the proceedings and how Paul was right when he asserted that given a challenge, the group could rise to the occasion.

Songs include “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window,” “Her Majesty,” “The Inner Light” and “Let It Be.”

March 2016 is still here and so is the Something About The Beatles 2016 calendar – get one of the last remaining copies in stock here and specially priced!

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Mar 24 2016

2hr 14mins

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Rank #5: 72: Ron Howard’s Beatles – Eight Days A Week

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In this expanded edition, Richard and Robert examine the new film on The Beatles’ performing years, in theaters and on Hulu; as well as the restored Shea Stadium concert film. Joining us are two guests who contributed to the project: renowned archivist Erik Taros and author (”Some Fun Tonight”) Chuck Gunderson, explaining the process from the inside. Their insights offer a glimpse into the project’s evolution and how we got to where we ended up.

Songs include “Act Naturally” and “Long Tall Sally.”

Find Robert’s books here.

Find Richard’s books here.

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Sep 24 2016

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Rank #6: 90: George and Paul

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Within the Beatles, there were any number of complex inter-personal dynamics. Those between the group’s lead guitarist and bassist were among the most convoluted: the Pisces fish vs. Gemini twin. In this episode, Richard and Robert discuss, examine and otherwise attempt to interpret this most volatile relationship as it evolved over time. Songs include “Don’t Ever Change, “I Me Mine” and “All Things Must Pass.”

Find Robert’s books here.

Find Richard’s books here.

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Jan 27 2017

1hr 37mins

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Rank #7: 49: George and Ringo

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In this episode, Robert and Richard delve into the nearly lifelong relationship between the two “economy class” (George’s words) Beatles; from Hamburg to stardom to the solo years to the end of George’s life. Songs include “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Down and Out” and “Never Without You.”

April 2016 is upon us and so are the Something About The Beatles 2016 calendars – get one of the last remaining copies in stock here and specially priced!

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Apr 13 2016

1hr 48mins

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Rank #8: 147: The ‘Perfect’ Beatles Album – A Hard Day’s Night vs. Sgt. Pepper

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There is no real perfection, a much-loved artist once sang. But in Beatle world, where excellence is the common consensus, the act of assessing how well they executed their art as distinguished by individual releases is – at the very least – ripe for a thoughtful discussion. Returning to the show is TV writer Jeff Martin (4th time around!), and new to SATB is sports reporter Andy Martino. It was his stray observation on the Shea Anything podcast that prompted this conversation.

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Oct 18 2018

1hr 34mins

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Rank #9: 107: Sgt. Pepper at 50 – A Conversation

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In what’s likely to be the first of a series of Sgt. Pepper discussions, Robert and Richard attempt to sort out their feelings toward a most complicated and singular Beatles release; one that stirs powerful emotions within those who were there at the time – and more than a few that weren’t. (Be sure to listen for the bonus observations by a fan who was there in ’67.) Songs include “Good Morning, Good Morning” and “A Day in the Life.” Find Richard’s books here. Find Robert’s books here.

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Jun 02 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #10: 15: George and John

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In this episode, Robert and Richard discuss the personal and creative dynamic between these two Beatles, both during and after their bandmate years.

Songs include: €œ”She Said She Said,”€ “Oh My Love” and “Not Guilty.”

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Feb 25 2015

1hr 14mins

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Rank #11: 132: John and Paul – Truth and Beauty

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Returning as a SATB guest is Jeff Martin, whom you will remember from 122 – The Simpsons episode. In addition to his writing on that show as well as Late Night with David Letterman beginning in the 1980s, he is also a musician and therefore speaks the language of The Beatles specifically, as well as creativity generally.

Our conversation centered on the Lennon-McCartney partnership and the way that their unique combination of talents and temperaments created something far bigger than the sum of its parts. More on Jeff’s career here. (The article he referenced – The Power of Two by Joshua Wolf Shenk – was published in The Atlantic in July 2014 and can be found here.)

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Mar 27 2018

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Rank #12: 169: In The Studio; 1967 part two, plus

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In which I resume the conversation with engineer/producer Jerry Hammack, begun earlier this year. This time, our sounding board is writer/musician/engineer/producer/podcaster/returning guest Anthony Robustelli. We discuss the specifics of their studio work throughout 1967 and into 1968, encompassing Magical Mystery Tour and then some.

Jerry's third volume of The Beatles' Recording Reference Manual series was recently published.

  My guests: https://www.beatlesrecordingreferencemanuals.com/ https://www.anthonyrobustelli.com/

Jun 22 2019

1hr 39mins

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Rank #13: 61: The Beatles and The Monkees – It Goes Like This

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Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the unleashing of the “Pre-Fab Four” on an unsuspecting public, Robert and Richard examine the ties, parallels and overlapping phenomenon between the two acts. Songs include “Paperback Believer” and “Daydream Believer.”

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Jul 09 2016

1hr 39mins

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Rank #14: 60: You Say You Want An Evolution: The Beatles’ Left Turns and Re-thinks

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In this episode, Richard and Robert examine the songs that The Beatles drastically re-thought before releasing or abandoned altogether. Featuring insights from singer/songwriter/producer/guitarist Craig Bartock from Heart.

Songs include “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Two of Us.”

Roy Orbison’s “Please Please Me” performed by Jared Lekites of The Lunar Laugh.

More on Craig Bartock.

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Jul 01 2016

1hr 26mins

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Rank #15: 40: “Winter of Our Discontent” Part One – Twickenham

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In this special extended episode, Richard and Robert provide a thorough day-by-day overview of the first two weeks of the “Get Back” / Let It Be sessions, including George’s walk-out. Songs include: “Get Back,” “All Things Must Pass,” “Let It Be,” and “Madman.” February 2016 is here and so is the Something About The Beatles 2016 calendar – get one of the copies in stock now here and specially priced!

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Feb 04 2016

2hr 16mins

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Rank #16: 92: The Beatles – A Day In Their Lives

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In which Richard and Robert trace the rather momentous events of February 11th (give or take) throughout the entirety of The Beatles’ career. As with their Christmas messages, each fixed date saw major developments, mostly positive ones. Songs include “There’s A Place,” “Woman” and “Instant Karma.”

Find Robert’s books here.

Find Richard’s books here.

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Feb 11 2017

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Rank #17: 145: Something About The Rolling Stones (and The Beatles)

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At last: SATB takes on a long-requested topic, comparing and contrasting two of the biggest acts out of the UK during the 1960s. Quantifying art is a fool’s errand, yet here we are because we can’t help ourselves. The conversation takes this article by Michael Salfino as a starting point, along with our Bill Wyman’s recent piece on the membership of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. These accomplished journalists join me and Ben Rowling in a conversation tracing the respective internal band dynamics and the arc of their respective artistry into the decades that followed.

Check out Bill’s work here:

http://www.vulture.com/author/bill-wyman/

Check out Michael’s work here: https://www.pastemagazine.com/writers?name=michael+salfino

Mashups courtesy of BDJ – hear his work here: https://bdj.podomatic.com/ Twitter: @MichaelSalfino Bill Wyman: @hitsville

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Sep 29 2018

2hr 6mins

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Rank #18: 18: 1965

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In this episode, Richard and Robert present an overview of the year and how The Beatles advanced their art. In addition to some rare music, the episode features a two guest authors: Al Sussman and Andrew Grant Jackson. Al is the author of Changin’ Times: 101 Days That Shaped A Generation and the upcoming British Invasion 101: The Need-To-Know Guide. Andrew is the author of Still The Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles’ Solo Careers and the recently published 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music.

Songs include: “You Like Me Too Much,” “That Means A Lot,” “Nowhere Man” and “We Can Work It Out.”

Check out Al on the Things We Said Today podcast

Check out Andrew’s 1965 website here

Department of Corrections: Robert “Freeman,” not Robert “Whitaker”

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May 19 2015

1hr 23mins

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Rank #19: 158: January 1969 part one – An Overview with Doug Sulpy

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Two words: Peter Jackson

Remember the “Winter of Discontent”? My guest today is Doug Sulpy, co-author (with Ray Schweighardt) of Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image (AKA Get Back: The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles’ “Let It Be” Disaster.)

With the announcement of the long-desired fresh look at the Let It Be project being in the works, we discuss what can be learned from a close study of the Nagra reels, and where the common perceptions have missed the mark. This episode is an overview: we take a deeper dive in January 1969 part two.

The revised version of Drugs, Divorce and a Slipping Image can be found at dougsulpy.com

Check out Doug’s 910 newsletter here

Feb 12 2019

1hr 39mins

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Rank #20: 28: Early 1970

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Richard and Robert discuss the events leading up to Paul’s April 1970 bombshell, reported as the Beatles’ breaking up.

Songs include “Instant Karma” and “Early 1970.”

Check out the Something About The Beatles 2016 calendar here and here.

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Oct 22 2015

1hr 4mins

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207: John Leckie/Plastic Ono Bands

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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).    

Nov 24 2020

2hr 22mins

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206: Performing The Beatles

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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: https://www.gowanusmusicclub.com/beatles-101   Thanks to Joe Chinnici for recording the Fab Faux in New York for the Sirius XM Beatles Channel.

Nov 10 2020

1hr 48mins

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Nov 10 2020

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205: Countdown to Break-Up

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With so many conflicting accounts and blame laid for the series of events that led to The Beatles' split, it's hard to detect a coherent narrative that, fifty years on, makes any sense as to exactly what went down and how. But Dr. Duncan Driver, in an article published earlier this year in Beatlefan magazine, has laid out a timeline detailing the sequence of events, from which some measure of patterns emerge. You can (and should) read the full-length piece here.  We discuss the direction that things were moving in during the last years of the group (and past that point, too), toward a greater understanding of how events played out, maybe not exactly as we'd been led to believe. 

Oct 30 2020

1hr 40mins

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204: The Guest List Part 2

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Back in May 2020, my guest Gary Wenstrup and I presented the first half of our conversation, where we offered up our respective lists of what people in Beatle world we would like to be able to sit down and interview: insiders who knew The Beatles well - worked with and for them - and essentially operated as part of the infrastructure; people who haven't been tapped out as interview subjects.  Here are more names we came up with of folks still among the living that may end up on the show yet - time will tell.  Gary is a lecturer and adjunct professor at College of DuPage, specializing in Beatles and classic rock.     PS: Guess who's on an upcoming episode of the Fans on the Run podcast?  Ethan Alexanian and I just had a lengthy sit down.   Also, remember Luther Russell evoking the Yesterday and Today podcast? He and I both contributed to their upcoming 100th episode. 

Oct 21 2020

1hr 53mins

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203: In The Studio 1968 with Jerry Hammack part two

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As you may recall: back in July, SATB featured the first part of a conversation covering The Beatles in the studio in 1968, during the White Album sessions and just before. Here's the continuation, featuring SATB semi-regular Luther Russell (singer-songwriter/producer/performing artist). As always, the talk goes where it goes, covering a lot of Beatle ground.  Jerry's volume 5 of The Beatles Recording Reference Manual series will be out later this year; it covers all of the 1969 recordings, including the Let It Be sessions, the Yellow Submarine soundtrack and Abbey Road.    Luther's music here: https://lutherrussell.bandcamp.com/ 

Oct 05 2020

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SATB Bonus show: JEM Records Celebrates John Lennon

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Coming on what would've been the 80th anniversary of his birth, this collection of Lennon material - Beatles and solo - is being presented by a number of artists associated with Beatles music, among them The Weeklings and The Gripweeds. Consider this one a "new phase" SATB show - the first to feature a guest host: Tom Frangione. You may know him from his writings in Beatlefan magazine - his role twice annually at The Fest for Beatles Fans, or as one of the three hosts heard on the Sirius XM Beatles channel program, Fab Fourum. His guests on this episode are JEM Records' president Marty Scott; veteran musician Glen Burtnik (Beatlemania, Styx, The Orchestra) of The Weeklings, and Kurt Reil (The Gripweeds). They discuss the process of putting this collection together, including song selection as well as the process of arranging such familiar material into something fresh.    http://www.jemrecordings.com/

Sep 28 2020

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202: Sylvie Simmons

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You may know her as the award-winning veteran rock journalist (Creem, Kerrang!, Mojo, and so forth) who also penned the best-selling biography of Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen (2011), as well as Debbie Harry's memoir, Face It (2019). But as a music-stricken child growing up in London during the 1960s, she became what she'd describe later as "Beatle damaged" at an early age.  Here, Sylvie recounts that backdrop when music was absolutely everything; so much so that, starting in 2014 and after a successful career as one of rock's most thoughtful scribes, she became a recording artist: first with Sylvie and now - six years later - Blue on Blue. Her musical endeavors have won her further praise, but on this show, she offers up her perspective and insights on the Beatles as a group and solo, through the eyes (and ears) of a journalist and fan.    Her books, archive and interviews can be found here: http://sylviesimmons.com/ 

Sep 25 2020

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201: The Break-Up and "John vs Paul" with Erin Weber

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In which this returning SATB fave (The Beatles and The Historians) and I expand from previous discussions focusing on books to cover the media specifically around the time of the break-up, and how the nonsensical "John vs Paul - who was the greater genius?" discussion got fueled and put forth into the world. The role of Allen Klein in their break-up is also discussed, in this two-hour conversation that drills deep into the dynamic between these two and hour the world viewed it.  

Sep 19 2020

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200: A Conversation with Ethan Russell (part two)

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For SATB's 200th episode (more or less), we're doing something special: returning with guest photographer/writer Ethan Russell, one of this most storied individuals in rock history through his iconic visual documentation of The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who, to name three (scores more as well). Ethan was the official rock photographer of the Rock 'n' Roll Circus, the Let It Be sessions, the final Beatles group photo shoot, as well as behind tons of other classic images, most of which have been gathered up and published in his latest book, Photographs - a singular monograph of superlative visuals presented in stunning quality. It's available only at his website: www.ethanrussell.com  I spoke with Ethan last year and this follow on covers more details of his work with the Fabs: his impressions of them individually - of Yoko - of the Let It Be project and Michael Lindsay-Hogg, as well as of Peter Jackson (of whose upcoming work Ethan got a peek). Ethan came of age in San Francisco and went to London in 1967 - within a year he was in the orbit of the top British acts of the day. As a chronicler of the times, his work and observations are impeccable.   

Sep 11 2020

1hr 33mins

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199: Credit Where Due with Luther Russell

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In which my returning guest and I discuss this: what if The Beatles' songwriting credits were more accurately apportioned to reflect actual significant contributions from not-credited bandmates? Their recording career began with a singular "McCartney-Harrison" credit for "In Spite of All The Danger" - one can make the case (and we do) that their career was book-ended by "I Me Mine," which might have rightfully have bore the same credit.  Anyway, as always, it leads down many rabbit holes... 

Aug 20 2020

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198: Chip Madinger/Plastic Ono Band

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Presented as forerunner of the inevitable show revisiting John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to come later this year as part of the 50th anniversary, returning guest Chip Madinger (Eight Arms To Hold You, Lennonology) and I discuss some of the assorted odds and sods produced (or proposed) by John Lennon under the Plastic Ono Band brand circa 1969/1970. The POB debut year gave us the singles "Give Peace A Chance" and "Cold Turkey," but what about the other announced releases? ("Laughing"/"Whispers"; "You Know My Name"/"What's The New Mary Jane," and the mysterious instrumental, "Rock Peace").  Chip knows the work and chronology better than anyone when it comes to the solo Beatles and John Lennon in particular. He presents some astonishing information about what was originally planned for 1970 (and about the original form of "How Do You Sleep"). This one's a treasure trove for Lennononistas... Check out his work at https://www.lennonology.com/ (including the current special).   

Aug 13 2020

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197: Collecting The Beatles Part Three

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Previous guest Russ Lease returns with stories from the world of top end collecting: vehicles (including the Magical Mystery Tour bus), attire (shoes, boots, jackets), paper (a Brian Epstein contract) and vinyl. Russ was the founder of Beatles Suits, the go-to resource for Fab tailoring; he was also the auctions columnist for Beatleology magazine. Lastly: he is a partner in Fab Four Exhibitions, the traveling Beatles museum of artifacts.   Russ has a lot to say about the back story on a lot of familiar Beatle items that have come up for auction.  

Jul 27 2020

1hr 21mins

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196: In The Studio 1968 w/ Jerry Hammack Part One

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In his return to the show, we discuss 1968 and the making of the "White Album" (mostly), as explored in his most recent work, The Beatles' Recording Reference Manual Volume 4. Joining us is another returning guest, recording artist/performer/producer Luther Russell (Those Pretty Wrongs, The Freewheelers, solo). Because we covered so much ground, I am presenting the conversation spread over two parts (the conclusion to follow later....)   Check out Jerry's work here.

Jul 11 2020

1hr 46mins

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195: Little Richard Remembered

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It seems particularly fitting at the time we find ourselves in to be discussing the art and career of rock pioneer Little Richard, who passed recently at 87. He represented a marginalized group in society, and his breakthrough, as unlikely as it was, carried with it resonance relevant to the present day. Add to that his absolutely key role in the development of The Beatles - going back to The Quarry Men days, really - and you can see why he is a subject worthy of a deep discussion.  But the springboard for this show is the article published online at Vulture just after Richard's passing; it was written by returning guest, journalist Bill Wyman and really is essential reading:  https://www.vulture.com/2020/05/little-richard-put-wild-sex-into-the-top-40-for- good.html  The salacious aspects of Little Richard's life must be discussed in any thorough conversation about his life, but there's much more to the story. And as this is SATB, you can count on any number of other topics coming up, including Motown - touring - Elton John - David Bowie - the record industry - even The Replacements and The Ramones. (We also sneak in a word or two about The Beatles...)  

Jun 07 2020

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194: The Guest List Part 1

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So an idea came up: who would SATB like to talk to in Beatle world and sit down for an interview? Qualifications: first, they have to be among the living (as of this taping); Second, they have to be completely honest and not fall back on deflection or "professional Beatle fan" chatter: stories they've entertained with for years that may or may not be factually accurate. Last, they have to be people on the inside who have either not told their stories at all or not told them to death. Though mortality hangs over us all, there are still folks out there who, to the best of my knowledge, range to speaking on record only sparingly or not at all; have written books, but if we discussed them here, it's because their books didn't go deep enough or raised more questions.) Joining in the conversation is a returning guest (182 and 188), retired academic Gary Wenstrup. He came up with his list, I came up with mine, and together we covered as much ground as we could in this, the first of a two-parter (at least). 

May 25 2020

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193: On The Beat with Spencer Leigh

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Rock historian and radio interviewer Spencer Leigh has been chronicling the music scene generally and The Beatles specifically from his native Merseyside for decades. He has penned well over two dozen books, half of them on Beatles-specific subjects. In this conversation, we discuss an array of topics, including writing and researching The Beatles; Bob Wooler; Liverpool bands; Bob Dylan, and Ken Dodd, among other topics.     Check out Spencer's work here.

May 07 2020

1hr 40mins

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192B: Ringo Forensics Part Two

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The continuation of my conversation with musician/singer/songwriter/producer Luther Russell - whom you may recall (SATB 192) as one half of Those Pretty Wrongs, a duo with Jody Stephens (ex-Big Star). As a devout fan from birth and a drummer himself, Luther possesses considerable insight into what made Ringo the essential Beatle: how a combination of unique skills, background and chemistry with the others made him the band's most valuable player in a very real sense. This sprawling conversation addresses Ringo's singular gifts that not only served his band so well over the course of their live and studio career but also how he built the vocabulary that countless others followed in his wake.  Luther's thesis here Heard in this show: "Everything You Do" by Luther Russell from the album The Invisible Audience 

Apr 18 2020

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192 Part One: Ringo Forensics

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My guest today is musician/singer/songwriter/producer Luther Russell - you may recall him (SATB 192) as one half of Those Pretty Wrongs, a duo with Jody Stephens (ex-Big Star). As a devout fan from birth and a drummer himself, Luther possesses considerable insight into what made Ringo the essential Beatle: how a combination of unique skills, background and chemistry with the others made him the band's most valuable player in a very real sense. This sprawling conversation addresses Ringo's singular gifts that not only served his band so well over the course of their live and studio career but also how he built the vocabulary that countless others followed in his wake.  Luther's thesis here Heard in this show: Luther on drums with Liam Hayes on "Eat In Sin"  

Apr 17 2020

1hr 39mins

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191: Jenny Boyd

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You may know her as the muse who inspired Donovan's "Jennifer Juniper"; maybe you know her as Pattie Boyd's sister who went to Rishikesh with The Beatles. She may be known to some as the one-time flat-mate of Magic Alex or the two-time wife of Mick Fleetwood, but above all, she was a perceptive observer with a ringside seat at some of the most momentous events in 60s youth culture; wise beyond her years but in tune with the zeitgeist as it shifted around her. Meet (Dr.) Jenny Boyd, author of the newly-published Jennifer Juniper: A Journey Beyond The Muse. She also authored Musicians In Tune, republished and expanded as It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal The Source of Their Creativity; a fascinating exploration into the creative process with some of her best friends. In this conversation, we discuss her life and times, along with a lots of familiar personas in her circle.  Check out all things Jenny Boyd here: http://www.thejennyboyd.com/

Mar 20 2020

1hr 35mins

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Decent

By Michigan Reviewer 2. - Mar 27 2020
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Variety of Beatle topics. Host is a Bealtes author, although not one of the top-tier authors, nevertheless does a decent job. Not terrible. Not great. A very decent podcast.

Love It

By Rondemonz - Mar 10 2020
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Every Beatles podcast is unique but this is one of the stand-outs if you’re looking to learn more behind the scenes with guests who were either there or were close to the Fabs. Supplemented with lots of audio and unreleased material, the host is of the highest caliber of Beatles experts. He’s read and heard it all but is never condescending. I appreciate that in a storyteller or host. Highly recommended for those looking for the deepest dive into learning something new about the the greatest-ever band. I also recommend Fabcast for a more opinionated and conversational-based podcast The Beatles.