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Color photo of The Beatles in 1957

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 19, 2010

The Beatles in 1957

Well, not so much The Beatles as The Quarrymen, a band formed by John Lennon and some schoolmates that was the precursor to The Beatles. (via @brainpicker)

Kanye is dead

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 27, 2009

Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead? Is Rapper Kanye West Dead?

Remastered Beatles albums

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 09, 2009

Today’s the day: those meticulously remastered Beatles albums are available today. The Beatles version of Rock Band is out as well.

Abbey Road cliche on repeat

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 18, 2009

Fun timelapse video of a day in the life of the Abbey Road crosswalk depicted on The Beatles album of the same name. (via buzzfeed)

The Beatles’ last concert

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 04, 2009

Video of The Beatles’ last public performance in three parts: one, two, three. They performed on top of the group’s own building with an audience situated on rooftops and down on the street. (via the year in pictures)

Beatles songs ranked

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 23, 2009

A list like this could spark endless debate: a ranking of all the songs by The Beatles, from #185 (Revolution 9) to #1 (A Day In The Life).

To novice Beatles fans, I warn you not to believe the hype about “Revolution 9.” I’ve listened to it many times over the years, waiting for the light in my head to switch on so I could unlock its mysteries. All I’ve ever gotten out of it is the vague feeling that immediately after listening to it, something is going to rise out from under my bed and butcher me in my sleep.

Each choice is extensively annotated and defended; start here if you want to work your way through them all.

The Beatles pretty much invented the CAT scan

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 17, 2008

The money brought in due to Beatlemania funded the research that led to the CAT scanning machine. (via gawker lite)

Video of Peter Sellers reciting The Beatles

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 21, 2007

Video of Peter Sellers reciting The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night in the style of Laurence Olivier doing Shakespeare’s Richard III. Got all that? (via cyn-c)

This Bird Has Flown is a tribute

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 17, 2005

This Bird Has Flown is a tribute album of The Beatles’ Rubber Soul on the 40th anniversary of its release. Includes covers by Ted Leo, The Fiery Furnaces, and Sufjan Stevens.