It was the stupid idea in the sixties. And the competition that won the competition was hard. In May 1968 The Beatles told them that he had the talent of the artist to send a ribbon or screen. Everything was reviewed and answered.
They were overwhelmed a couple of days ago. He started collecting ribbons and full strings. The staff heard the headquarters of its Apple Corps headquarters in London. It was a chaos. No one had been hired by Beatles to listen to script readings or listen to the tapes. Checks checked garbage.
"I went to the office," recalled George Harrison, "and parts filled with lunatics." John Lennon had a similar experience: "I wanted to see all people, I saw it from day to day, and there was no one to society or to offer myself, but rather" I want it, I want it. "
A month later, the Beatles began the "White Album" release with 50-year-old sessions this week. The Beatles thought it was pretty rudimentary; The producer George Martin wrinkled his nose every time he mentioned it, and is often the sound of a group that is disappearing. However, the Rolling Stone magazine claimed "the best album released" at that time and is still one of its favorites.
1968: four simultaneous revolutions
The premiere of the new mix of this album, much clearer and clearer than the original, will revive its masterpiece. But you can go to something much more important. It's a place where combining all the 60's currents: crazy, shining, liberating, oppressing, naive and sophisticated. In short, it is a very important social document.
In 1968, there were four periodic revolutions, all post-war boom products. First of all, pop culture emerged. Prosperity was an important consumer, mass entertainment, automobile ownership, new fashion, home improvement and the growth of home appliances, promoted by a high-tech industry. Pop artists such as Andy Warhol turned the marketing of large companies into painting and sculpture, combining the world of culture and commerce.
Together with this, there was a rebellion against the laws that restricted personal freedom. During Memphis garbage collection strike in 1968, African-Americans signaled "I'm a man." Freedom and unequal considerations led to civil rights campaigns to change the laws of homosexuality, racial equality and divorce. Likewise, a rapid social change was created, attacks against taboos and censorship, excluding traditional sexual morality, and perhaps most importantly, the question of deference.
The third revolution was counter-culture: hippies, spiritualists and mystics. His approach was to buy capitalism and create isolated pop culture communities. Instead, they could urge their members to look for themselves. We can change the world, but only change ourselves.
Then, the leftist Nationalist Third World promoted revolutions revolutionary, finding the heroes of leaders like Fidel Castro and Vietnam Ho Chi Minh. Mao's cultural revolution found western lovers, who liked the idea of sending the bourgeoisie into rural work. Pop culture was recognized as a capitalist and counter-fraud fraud. The Vietnam war collapsed, especially when Americans wanted to flee to the elections.
The Beatles' work always reflects on the life of his contemporaries. And so, the four bend of 1968 appeared in the "White Album" routes.
The recording of "Revolution 1" was the height of Paris revolt in Paris, and Lennon told the revolutionaries that they had to seek help elsewhere. "If people who hate want money, I can say that you have to wait until you're a brother" (If you want to make money for people with hate, I'll have to wait for you, brother). The dictionary continued: "If you want to make the images of the President of Mao, you will not be anywhere anywhere" (if you take pictures with President Mao, you will never get anything with anyone).
Your solution? "It would be better for your mind to be free".
It was the clearest political expression I made in a song. Or, at least, if it was not ambiguous. "Revolution 1" is one of the lines "But when you talk about destruction, you do not know how to count" (But when you talk about destruction, you know that you can not contact me). The last "can" was where Lennon formed between the ideas of the new and the opposite left.
When the Beatles activated a single "Revolution", Lennon decided that he was not part of the new left and wanted to abandon the "non-" word. The Orthodox Left found his utopia "you do not know how to fit it" (everything will be fine) was an overwhelming pedagogical militant. And they were even more annoyed, one year later, to deny Lennon's protests from Berkeley's students in California. The musician historian Peter Doggett says that when a Protestant died, Lennon said: "I do not think it's a shot that deserves any cause." He proposed to take him outside. Abbie Hoffman, who was named as the chief elephant brother, called "establishment pacifism" and said he would not have the desire to buy Lennon records, "he will not say anything else."
Shortly afterwards, Lennon returned to the left, asking for interviews with his magazines and Marxist Tariq Ali inviting the recording of the "Imagine" recording of the album. Then, in the years before death, he took another turn, according to mistakes.
Harrison's contributions to "White Album" showed similar ambivalences, but this time between pop culture and spirituality. The "Piggies" singer criticizes the capitalist's character ("missing something in the eyes" ("missing something in the eyes"), "Savoy Truffle" is just another pop art song.
The main political attitude of Harrison was against the big taxes, he attacked "Taxman", a song that opens the album "Revolver". But one day he reflected, and he thought that the rescue of Western consumerism is Oriental spirituality. Rishikesh's visit to 1968 made him more serious than Maharishi. But he still liked wealth.
Paul McCartney's "White Album" political song (and probably the best). Nobody realized "Blackbird" ("breaking the broken wings and learning to fly") to protect civil rights movement. On the other hand, he referred to his "Back in the SESB" as proof of the pro-communist sentimental "Betagarri" (what was not).
Four bends of 1968 crossed each other, separating each other's subjects from each other, but at the same time scorning each other. Are there any things that come together? "White Album" critics believe that lack of coherence. Is it also because of its political influence as a basis?
"I want now"
In the presentation of the book "Revolution in the Head" of the Beatles, Ian Macdonald brings together the words of the revolt of the 60s and Beatles puts them at the forefront. The word is "now".
As every rebellion is commonplace, people ignored the world that expected wisdom and future predictions. Instead, everything had to happen now: consumption now, political change now, clarify now, revolution now.
Pop artists performed instantly, for example, the consumer of portraits. Martin Luther King talked about his "now" and spoke of his most important book, "We Can not Wait." I felt that African Americans had too many patients. "Now" was sung in all manifestations and this word became the spirit of time, left and right. When Richard Nixon was executed in 1972, his slogan was "Now more than ever."
The decline of the traditional religion of faith, new movements were promised immediate spiritual rewards, which did not require devotion for life. In 1971, Ram Dass Yoga published a popular book on spirituality and meditation, "Be here now." Two years later, Harrison released the song of the same name.
"Now," the idea is to satisfy our needs and desires immediately, the most sustainable heritage of the 60s. It has led to personal freedom, as well as breaking the marriage. He has expanded wealth, but boosted debts; Definition ended, but weakened tradition. Expenditure is happiness, as if it were not tomorrow, but that morning. He has left everything his mark.
It is a traditional view that decades are much more than those of the 60s and 80s: impressed, over the decades of the decade and beginning of the decade of work that has taken place for thirty years. However, they come together with today's idea.
Since the 80's concept can make money, ambition can bring immediate rewards, you must not save it, now you can have everything from the 60s.
But as for the idea that owes us in the 60s, in our decade it is the only one that truly feels its power.
After thirty years of "White Album", we have the technology that supports today's ideas. Your music and your videos here and now on the train. Every human being knows all the used knowledge by clicking with the mouse. You can have an author without an editor, make a record without a record company, investigate without a library, send a letter without a pen. It's here now
Today is a wonderful moment.
Beatles represents today's spirit. His first songs, especially, came immediately, offering no effort to raise the emotionality of classical music. The study was spontaneous, explaining what happened to them in their collections. And they wanted to immediately put their ideas to the discs.
According to historian Mark Lewison, The Beatles was the first generation of teenagers to avoid military service. McCartney described it as a "turning point". "In the early years of our lives, we were told not to be threatened by a" man we do "not go to the system, they would not go to the system, just like many others – carefree school children."
"Now," the idea is to satisfy our needs and desires immediately, the most sustainable heritage of the 60s. It has led to personal freedom, as well as breaking the marriage. He has expanded wealth, but has pushed debts.