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Astrid Kirchherr: What She Taught the Beatles

You don’t become hyper-iconic, as biographer Mark Lewisohn dubbed the Beatles, without the right pictures.

But you need someone to see what others haven’t yet. Or, perhaps, you need someone to believe in your worth from the start.

Astrid Kirchherr saw magic in the pre-fame Beatles. Ram on …

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“Photograph” – We Are All Ringo Now (CultureSonar)

“Photograph” can be read as a follow up to the sentiments of “The Long and Winding Road.”

“Every time I see your face / It reminds me of the places we used to go,” Starr begins, concluding the first verse with acceptance of a harsh reality: we can’t get back. There will never be a reunion at “the door” about which McCartney previously sang.

“But all I’ve got is a photograph,” repeats Starr throughout the song.

We are all Ringo now. Ram on …

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The Paul McCartney Song We Need Right Now (CultureSonar)

“We live in hope of deliverance from the darkness that surrounds us,” sings McCartney. As we shelter in place facing an uncertain future, “Hope of Deliverance” is perhaps the most applicable McCartney song for this coronavirus moment. Ram on …

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“She’s So Heavy” at 50: From Billy Preston to Blac Rabbit (CultureSonar)

The song that John Lennon correlated to reaching for Yoko Ono in a state of drowning is turning 50, along with the rest of the songs on The Beatles’ Abbey Road. “I Want You” (She’s So Heavy)” is often considered a precursor to metal and prog rock. But “I Want You” has a funky origin that betrays its uncredited black collaborator’s contributions. For the past 50 years, subsequent black artists have covered the song, often picking up on the clues Billy Preston left behind.

Ram on …

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“Old Town Road”’s Pop Outlaws (CultureSonar)

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” taps into the myth of the American West with promises of overnight fame and fortune that align with our fascination with hits that seem to appear out of nowhere.

“Old Town Road” is one of them, sitting in the Number One Billboard Hot 100 position for eight weeks and counting. The song’s 20-year-old Atlanta-based rapper is conscious about what he says will “entertain,” as he performs the genre-blurring pop hustle perfected by artists like Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson on their duet “Say Say Say.” Ram on … 

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‘Come on to Me’ Is Paul McCartney’s Guide to #MeToo-era Flirting (PopMatters)

Ram on … click here for full article on PopMatters.