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Music was so loud and so heavy that it did have an aggressive quality—so that it is no surprise that in 1969 a group formed that called itself War.
This use of high culture came from the fact that a new socio-ethnic group entered popular music in the years 1964-69: middle-class white kids who had gone to good suburban high schools as well as college. Aside from the Motown groups, Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, and a few others, the major rock acts were white. Let’s take the personnel of the following sixties bands: Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Doors, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, the Lovin’ Spoonful, and the Mamas and the Papas.
In the specific case of the Buffalo Springfield, the group consisted of: Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richle Furay, Dewey Martin, and Bruce Palmer. No ethnic names there at all. In fact, there are only three ethnic names in all of these groups put together: Zal Yankowski of the Lovin’ Spoonful (Jewish); Ray Manzarek of The Doors (Czech); and Norma Kaukonen of the Jefferson Airplane (Finnish).
Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by English rock band The Beatles. Though Let It Be was the last album released before The Beatles’ dissolution in 1970, work on Abbey Road began in April 1969, making it the final album recorded by the band.
Abbey Road was released on 26 September 1969 in the United Kingdom, and 1 October 1969 in the United States. It was produced and orchestrated by George Martin for Apple Records. Geoff Emerick was engineer, Alan Parsons was assistant engineer, and Tony Banks was tape operator.
Abbey Road is regarded as one of The Beatles’ most tightly constructed albums, although the band was barely operating as a functioning unit at the time. Rolling Stone magazine named it the 14th greatest album of all time.
1. “Come Together” Lennon 4:20
2. “Something” (George Harrison) Harrison 3:03
3. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” McCartney 3:27
4. “Oh! Darling” McCartney 3:26
5. “Octopus’s Garden” (Richard Starkey) Starr 2:51
6. “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” Lennon 7:47
1. “Here Comes the Sun” (George Harrison) Harrison 3:05
2. “Because” Lennon, McCartney and Harrison 2:45
3. “You Never Give Me Your Money” McCartney 4:02
4. “Sun King” Lennon, with McCartney and Harrison 2:26
5. “Mean Mr. Mustard” Lennon 1:06
6. “Polythene Pam” Lennon 1:12
7. “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” McCartney 1:57
8. “Golden Slumbers” McCartney 1:31
9. “Carry That Weight” McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, and Starr 1:36
10. “The End” McCartney 2:05
11. “Her Majesty” McCartney 0:23
A British folk singer finally reads the letter that the Beatle sent him decades ago.
A British folk singer who expressed fears that success and wealth could ruin his songwriting revealed how John Lennon sent him a letter of reassurance — but it did not reach him for 34 years.
Steve Tilston was just 21 in 1971 when the megastar read an interview he had done with a magazine called ZigZag.
Lennon penned a hand-written letter to the aspiring singer just months after the Beatles split up in 1970, telling him not to worry about becoming wealthy because it would not change what he felt inside.
The correspondence was signed by Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono. He sent the letter to Tilston and the reporter who interviewed him at the magazine’s offices, but for some reason it never reached the musician.
The first time he saw it was in 2005 when an American collector contacted him to verify whether the letter — estimated to be worth 7,000 pounds (11,000 dollars, 8,500 euros) — was genuine.
It was 25 years after Lennon had been shot dead. “It was so frustrating because Lennon even included his home phone number on the top of the letter,” said the 60-year-old. “I know it’s silly but I wanted to ring him up across the ages.”
Tilston added he “felt rather angry to start with to think that someone had just sold the letter rather than passing it on to me, but you have to let these things go.”
Lennon wrote to Tilston: “Being rich doesn’t change your experience in the way you think.
“The only difference, basically, is that you don’t have to worry about money — food — roof etc.
“But all other experiences — emotions — relationships — are the same as anybodies, I know, I’ve been rich and poor, so has Yoko (rich — poor — rich) so whadya think of that.
“Love John and Yoko.”
Despite not receiving Lennon’s reassuring words, Tilston still went on to record more than 20 albums and will mark his 40-year career with a special concert next month.