June 23rd, 2013

A Hard Day's Night

"Deconstructing the Beatles"

(Crossposted from Google+ for Cassie's benefit.)

Back when I was buying tickets for the SIFF festival, I saw promotions for three presentations by Scott Freiman deconstructing their works - one presentation on The White Album, which I would have liked to have seen, but it conflicted with the "Says You!" tickets I already had, and then two more, one on their beginnings (not so much a deconstruction as a retelling of the origin story, and, as it turned out, better than Superman), and one taking apart "Revolver".

Both were entirely enjoyable, and I enthusiastically encourage Beatles fans that have the chance to see one of these presentations to take the opportunity.

The Early Beatles covered a lot of the early influences and how the band got from scruffy youths in Liverpool to Hamburg, back to Liverpool, and on to Abbey Road (not a straight line, by any means).

The Revolver presentation was a piece by piece analysis of what went in to each song on the album (as well as "Paperback Writer" and "Rain", which were released around the same time as a single, but not on the "Revolver" LP).

In a lot of ways, I now believe that "Revolver" represents The Beatles at their best. I'm tempted to say this is where they jumped the shark, but that's not fair - for one thing, I wasn't around, so I have history to guide my opinions. And, even if you were around then, "Sgt. Pepper's" probably seemed like a perfectly fine album, and arguably a better one. And, to be clear, I think it's fine, but you can see the band pulling itself apart into a bunch of individuals (which reminds me of The Police, but that's a different story).

Anyway, a terrific presentation, and if you're a Beatles geek (there are some of us out there, no shame to admit it), you should go to http://beatleslectures.com/ and sign up for the mailing list so that you'll know when Freiman's in town. Then, clear your calendar.

In related news, I just paid way too much for a Paul McCartney ticket. Or maybe I got a great deal to see an amazing creative force live in concert. I know I'd regret missing the show.