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THE BEATLES WHERE THE FIRST BAND TO...
  1. Be in the British Invasion (The started it).
  2. Play a stadium concert.
  3. Ever record a music video.
  4. Do a worldwide satellite broadcast. 
  5. Use feedback in a recording.
  6. Use electric keyboard and synthesizers in songs.
  7. Use sampling in their songs.
  8. Use a sitar in popular music.
  9. Have ALL members sing lead vocals. 
  10. Have a radio single go over the standard 2-3 minutes in length.
  11. Have their drummer sit on a higher platform than the rest in concerts.
  12. Have one song dissolve into another. 
  13. Make a concept album. 
  14. Hold the #1 spot on American and British charts simultaneously. 
  15. Debut in the top 10 on U.S charts. 
  16. Release an album with more than 10 songs.
  17. Write more than half the songs in an album.
  18. Use a harmonica in a rock single.
  19. Star in a feature film.
  20. Record sound in their song only a dog can hear. 
  21. Have their lyrics printed in the jacket of the record.
  22. Release an album with a completely blank cover.
  23. Use headphone monitors in the recording studio. 
  24. Use backwards vocals in recordings. 
  25. Use a full orchestra in popular music.
  26. Use the guiro and claves in rock.
  27. Do an album of all original songs.
  28. Create experimental sounds in the studio.
  29. Utilize psychedelic rock.
  30. And the list goes on…

Drop Me A Line - Asks as Beatles’ Singles

Love Me Do - top 5 favorite love songs?
From Me To You  - do you write letters?
Thank You Girl - person in your life you’re most thankful for?
She Loves You - favorite band?
I’ll Get You - favorite solo artist?
I Want To Hold Your Hand - right handed or left handed?
This Boy - favorite instrument?
Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand (I Want To Hold Your Hand) - how many languages do you speak?
Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)  - favorite place you’ve been?
Long Tall Sally - Height?
I Call Your Name  - last person you called?
Slow Down - favorite song to drive to?
Matchbox - do you smoke?
I Feel Fine - song i like to listen to when I’m happy?
She’s a Woman - top 5 favorite female singers?
Bad Boy - top 5 favorite male singers?
Yes It Is - best concert you’ve been to?
I’m Down - song i like to listen to when I’m sad?
We Can Work It Out - whats more important to you, peace or standing up for what you think is right?
Paperback Writer - favorite book?
Rain - favorite weather?
Lady Madonna - are you religious?
The Inner Light - sunrise or sunset?
Hey Jude - artist you most want to meet/hang out with?
Revolution - what song/album would you put on repeat right now?
Get Back - old fad you wish would come back?
Don’t Let Me Down - song that reminds you of a friend?
The Ballad Of John And Yoko - favorite lyric?
Old Brown Shoe - favorite outfit?
Across The Universe - where do you want to travel to?
Let It Be  - last song you listened to so much that someone eventually made you turn it off?
You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) - what would you name a son/daughter?

This is a small post to say, I appreciate all your positive words & criticisms too.
Feedback is an opportunity to learn.
In particular, I believe being open to criticism can make our journey through life a lot smoother. Whether it’s constructively intended or not, you have the option to use it, or ignore it. I want to let you all know, I am open to any concerns you have, with how I stream or jokes I make. The streamers & I all use this tag to interact with the community and to share positivity. We all try our best at being easily approachable, reading our emails & answering our asks as promptly as possible. Communication is important  to all of us & it’s something I value highly.

This year I have set my values around sharing as much positivity as possible. To say the least, it’s what we all need right now. Even as a Video Game Streamer, this is something we can all get behind- that sharing happiness is one of the only things that lasts in the world and in the end connects us all.

My stream is not a place for vitriol or spreading hatred. I don’t want you to think about negativity in my stream, well all have enough of it in our own lives- whoever you are. I owe this to you & anyone that looks toward my content for a laugh.

I try to grow each year as a person, as do we all, however I still make mistakes. I’m constantly learning about people and how to better myself. If there’s anything I can improve upon in my streams send me a mail or an ask.

John Lennon said “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”

I count my life by smiles- you have all brought me thousands. This year, I’m going to try my best to give it back and spread as much positivity and love as possible.

Please Please Me explained
  • I Saw Her Standing There: Paul's horny for a minor and then experiences a myocardial rupture
  • Misery: the Beatles were the kind of guy who never used to cry and boy does that change
  • Anna (Go to Him): all of my life, I've been SER-CHEN
  • Chains: George doesn't see the foreshadowing in John and Paul singing with him p much the whole song hiding whose song it is except during the bridge
  • Boys: queer baiting
  • Ask Me Why: why?
  • Please Please Me: last night I said these words to my girl: blow me
  • Love Me Do: the smartest song the Beatles ever wrote, every line rhymes
  • P.S. I Love You: Paul reads a repetitive letter out loud
  • Baby It's You: John is yearning? professing? complaining? there's no apparent conflict, it's hard to say
  • Do You Want to Know a Secret: George wants to tell someone a secret but he spoiled it before even saying there was a secret
  • A Taste of Honey: that song
  • There's a Place: dissociation, the musical
  • Twist and Shout: the Beatles record in a cave with an echo

anonymous asked:

Wait I'm sorry for being misinformed, but the info about Paul calling Yoko a jap tart is not true? From what i read he sent a letter to john (i think) saying this. So it's not true? (because thank god if it's not true)

it’s okay, anon. let me reiterate: 

the full message – if you believe francie, that is – was “you and your jap tart think you’re hot shit” and the full quote reads:

“John obviously loved Paul enough to let him run wild if it would help ease the tension Paul was creating in the studio and at home. Yoko could see it too.

But Paul was treating them like shit too. He even sent them a hate letter once, unsigned, typed. I brought it in with the morning mail. Paul put most of his fan mail in a big basket and let it sit for weeks, but John and Yoko opened every piece. When they go to the anonymous note, they looked puzzled, looking at each other with genuine pain in their eyes.

‘You and your Jap tart think you’re hot shit’, it said. John put it on the mantle, and in the afternoon, Paul hopped in, prancing much the same self-conscious way he did when we met.

‘Oh I just did that for a lark…’ he said in his most sugar-coated accent.

It was embarrassing. The three of us swiveled around, staring at him. You could see the pain in John. Yoko simply rose above it, feeling only sympathy for John. I was sad to see the Lennons go, even though it took the pressure off of Paul.”

putting aside that you can already read the clear bias between the lines, sometimes in other retellings of the story, it’s said to be a postcard and other times it’s a typewritten message left in an envelope. the discrepancies here alone should tell you something. 

now, where does the claim come from? it comes from an ex-girlfriend of paul’s from the late 60s, who he has parted not on the best terms with: francie schwartz. francie wrote a book about her relationship with paul where francie claims that while john and yoko stayed at cavendish, they received a note saying “you and your jap tart think you’re hot shit”.

why is it bullshit? i have several points to make:

francie schwartz is one of the most unreliable sources in beatles history. ask any beatles researcher worth their salt on their opinion about francie and her book. what’s more important in this particular case: she relies almost exclusively on sensational claims to make her book body count (1972) more palatable and exciting to a general and broad public instead of actual proof. other such claims include paul having been sent love letters from brian; a claim just as insubstantial and without any actual tangible proof. 

first off, to get a more personal picture of francie during the time she wrote and published her book you have to ackowledge her agenda as the scorned ex-lover as is evidenced by the book itself as it displays a great deal of vindictiveness towards paul. read body count and you’ll know what  i mean. it’s absolutely vile in places.

second, the book was published in 1972 – when paul’s critical reputation was possibly at one of its lowest points – and it was published by none other than jann wenner’s rolling stone press, which very obviously chose john’s side in the john versus paul breakup era split and which back in the day had a lot of sway in the music industry. the magazine wasn’t yet the joke it was to become. something else that is interesting and slightly related: jann wenner. paul’s critical acclaim wasn’t at it lowest point because mccartney (the album) was years ahead in its day and the press just didn’t get it, but because wenner directly influenced his reviewers to slam paul for – as wenner saw it – breaking up the beatles. here’s the relevant quote:

“When I became record reviews editor, I made it clear to him after a few months — nobody had done the job before me — that the record review section was an independent republic within the country of Rolling Stone. That meant that nobody else could tell me what to review or what a writer could say. They could argue with me, but ultimately it was my decision. And that worked well. There was one incident where Paul McCartney makes his first solo record and people thought it was wonderful: this rough, homemade one-man-band album. It was accompanied by a press release, a self-interview, about why he no longer needed the Beatles and how little he thought of them … this real obnoxious statement, you know? I assigned it to a friend of mine, Langdon Winner, and Jann saw the piece and said: “We can’t run it this way — he’s just reviewing it as if it’s this nice little record. It’s not just a nice little record, it’s a statement and it’s taking place in a context that we know: it’s one person breaking up the band. This is what needs to be talked about.” I said I didn’t agree and “in any case it’s up to Langdon to say what he wants to say.” Jann said, “We have to talk about this.” So we went to dinner that night and spent three fucking hours arguing about this record review. Finally he convinced me. So I went over to Langdon’s and sat down with him and spent three more hours arguing with him until I convinced him! Now to me this was the essence of great editing, of how you put out a publication that is utterly honest. All that time spent over one 750 word review! And it was worth it.”

—Greil Marcus in conversation with Simon Reynolds,

Los Angeles Review of Books

there are other instances where wenner displays his clear bias against paul, which was especially rampant in the time where paul was hailed as the talentless and flighty hack who did nothing more than book the studio for the beatles and john as the deeply misunderstood true lyrical and musical genius behind the beatles. a narrative that was formed then and persists to this day.

third, a number of writers – including, disappointingly, doggett and carlin – have recounted the “jap tart” episode from paul to john and yoko as fact, but it’s NOT. it’s the unverified retrospective eyewitness testimony years after it happened of a very much biased, secondhand source. we’ve never seen evidence from anyone else that this event occurred. no picture, no copy, nothing. just like any other event francie “remembers”, if i might add. and since other private notes and copies from letters and even journals exist from other and more deeply involved with the beatles people, it is suspicious.

even during “lennon remembers” – also done with involvement from wenner – john himself admits that his examples of the others treating yoko badly in the studio or elsewhere come off as him being paranoid. if he had indeed a clear and very much damning example, such as this “jap tart” postcard or typewritten message or handwritten note, why didn’t he bring it up? or, more glaringly, yoko herself? when discussing why she and john left cavendish in philip norman’s paul bio, she doesn’t mention this incident at all. why didn’t either of them ever bring up this incident in all the years after it supposedly occurred? 

it’s also important to point out that the narrative that paul was an absolute and continuous horror to john and yoko during the let it be era is just that: a narrative. let’s see what yoko has to say:

“After the initial embarrassment, then – um, now Paul is being very nice to me. He’s nice, and a – a very, um, str– on the level, straight sense. Like, um, whenever there’s something happening at Apple, he explains to me, as if I should know, [inaudible] and things like that. And also whenever there’s something like they need a light man or something like that, he asks me if I know of anybody in the art world, and things like that.

And like, um, I can see that he’s just now suddenly changing his attitude, like he’s being – he’s treating me with respect. Not because it’s me – but because I belong to John. I hope that’s what it is, because that would be nice. And I feel like he’s my younger brother or something like that. I’m sure that if he had been a woman or something, he would have been a great threat – because there’s something definitely very strong between John and Paul.

And, um – and probably among those three people of George and Ringo and Paul, Paul is the only one that I can sort of feel the vibration [from]. Like, sort of sense it, you know, that something is among that. ‘Cause Ringo and George, I just can’t communicate. I mean, I’m sure that George and – I’m really sure that they’re both very nice people, but that’s not the point… I think that’s because being, uh, [because of John, Paul, and me] being air signs, like Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius.”

[x]

another point is the nature of the source itself: francie didn’t – at least as far as we know – write any of these instances down, be it in her diary, or even in a letter to her mother, with whom she stayed in contact during that time. all of which would have made the claim more credible, as those would have been never intended for public view and subsequent consumption as her book was. 

she wrote them in her memoir, something she wanted people to buy, and there has been discussion that wenner encouraged her to promote the “sex and dissension” between paul and her and paul and the beatles in her work, because that’s what would sell and ensure publicity. 

lasty, i’ve seen another valid point brought up: linguistics. “hot shit” is something that is more an americanism – francie is american – than something used in the late 60s by someone of liverpool descent.

tl;dr: francie’s claim is unfounded and to this very day has zero (0) proof to it. 

i’ll include another good quote about the issue under a read more should you be interested.

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Beatles Related Asks

(feel free to add more)

The Beatles: what’re your favourite blogs?

John: who’s your favourite artist (musical or not)?

Paul: where’s your favourite location?

George: what’s your favourite food?

Ringo: what’s your favourite thing to wear?

Apple: what’s your favourite pass time/hobby?

Cavern: where did you grow up?

Guitar: are you left/right handed, or ambidextrous?

Paris: do you have a significant other?

Shea: have you been to any concerts?

Mop top: your worst fashion choice?

Liverpool: have you ever been on holiday?

Abbey: when’s your birthday?

Brian: have you lost anyone close to you?

Sixties: have you got a lucky number?

Boots: what’s your fashion “clique”?

USA: ever been banned/kicked out of somewhere?

Nose: your favourite feature?

Fan club: who is your OTP?

Linda: have you ever been in love?

Stuart: have you ever had a serious injury?

Love: what’s your “catch phrase”?

Submarine: do you like the ocean?

Vinyl: favourite album?

Glasses: what’s your favourite tv show?

Shakespeare: what’s your guilty pleasure?

Brunette: what’s your hair colour?

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make me choose: anonymous and nowheremoon asked:

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones

“I don’t think it’s about who’s ‘better’. I think that the rolling stones were a better rock and roll band and the beatles were just a better ‘band’. Like, obviously there are two different types of music going on because the stones were sort of like interested in rock and roll and r&b and blues music and the beatles were functioning more as this band that was being magical and interesting and beautiful. so i think it’s like two different colors in the same spectrum of a rainbow. like, you can’t say orange is better than red, but dammit, they’re both beautiful.” — ryan adams 

Backstage at the ABC Cinema all the performers including the Beatles were crowded into one large dressing-room. A few of them play cards on upturned suitcases; others are tuning their guitars. Paul McCartney walks in and out among the groups.
‘Is everybody having a good time?’ he asks.
John Lennon in a black polo-necked sweater is walking around shouting, 'All visitors ashore, please, the ship is leaving.  All ashore’
Someone comes over and shows Lennon and McCartney a picture of them smiling.
'Lots of teeth in that picture’ says Paul.
'We like to get our teeth into things’ says John
—  Michael Braun - Love me do.

anonymous asked:

Went through that whole post, still found no actual sources of abuse, just people saying "he beat his wives" with no sources or evidence. John was a super problematic shithead but you can't claim just anything you want about someone because they "probably" did it because you feel like it. Now more than ever we need to fight for the truth.

this is like that one post that’s like “do you want me to go to your house and click on the source for you”

“[Lennon] openly admitted it during a 1980 interview with Playboy while insisting his earlier violence motivated his later calls for peace and love. 

He said: “All that ‘I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved’ was me. I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically - any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women.””

Source // Full interview 

Now that we’ve got this cleared up, I’ve had enough of discussing the white trash. Bye ✌

Mod A.

beatles asks!
  • 1: john or paul?
  • 2: george or ringo?
  • 3: ringo's eyes or john's smile?
  • 4: paul's lashes or george's accent?
  • 5: opinion on george's eyebrows
  • 6: is paul dead?
  • 7: if john took you on a date, where would you go?
  • 8: sgt pepper or teddy boy?
  • 9: yoko or cyn?
  • 10: if you could meet one of the fabs, who would it be and why?
  • 11: do you ship mclennon or harristar?
  • 12: if you could spend one week with the beatles, what would you do?
  • 13: would you rather spend a month with paul and do nothing but talk, or have one night of pleasure?
  • 14: if you could be any of the beatle girls, who would it be?
  • 15: if you could have a threesome with two of the boys, who would they be?
  • 16: if you could take the place of the beatle girls, would you?
  • 17: pre or post-lsd george?
  • 18: opinion on yoko?
  • 19: would you rather talk to george about religion or john about politics?
  • 20: would you rather pet-sit martha or all of john's cats?
  • 21: spend an afternoon shopping with jane or having coffee with cyn?
  • 22: who looked the best in a mop top?
  • 23: opinion on ringo's beard?
  • 24: beatle you'd marry?
  • 25: beatle you'd have a one night stand with?
  • 26: beatle you'd tell all your troubles to?
  • 27: discuss music with brian epstien or george martin?
  • 28: go skiing with george or parading with ringo?
  • 29: have mo's hair or pattie's eyes?
  • 30: which beatle girl do you most admire?
  • 31: if john was alive today, what do you think he'd be like?
  • 32: sgt pepper outfits or collarless suits?
  • 33: what would you do to see the boys in concert?
  • 34: opinion on revolution 9?
  • 35: which beatle would you want to see in lingerie?
  • 36: which beatle or beatle girl would you be best friends with?
  • 37: a beatles song you secretly dislike?
  • 38: favorite single?
  • 39: a beatle girl you don't particularly like?
  • 40: paul's 'let it be' beard or his abbey road sandals?

barbikins222  asked:

I'm trying to find an article I read recently that included a letter written by John to Cynthia during the May Pang years. The letter appeared in a newspaper. It was about Cynthia asking John to remarry him and have another child and it was about his disgust with her version of why they got divorced. It was like an open letter to Cynthia, in the paper, as a means to humiliate her for humiliating him. Do you know anything about it?

Hello thank you for asking!! sorry it took so long to reply and Yes!! I know exactly what you are talking about.

I believe you are talking about this article. (X) I actually think this was around the time John got back together with Yoko. I believe 2 years after the lost weekend.  And to be completely honest I don’t actually think John wrote this. I have suspicion to believe Yoko or one of their assistants did. 

1. I don’t think Cyn would have ever asked for John back, and the whole having another child for Julians sake just seems so ridiculous. Sure Cyn still loved and cared for john but she would never do something like ask for him back and Cyn has denied this on multiple occasions, so I will believe her.

2. Just the way the letter starts with dear Cynthia isn’t like john at all. From the moment they started dating up until his death he called her Cyn. It just seems as though someone else who wouldn’t normally call her this wrote this letter. 

So ya a lot of other stuff with this letter/article is confusing. I personally wouldn’t believe this was written by John at all. 

here it is bigger.

Thank you for asking hope i cleared this up :)