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I feel fine

A post by thecuriousastronomer prompts a few thoughts on “I Feel Fine” by the Beatles, a well known and much-loved song which demonstrates tellingly why the Beatles were – and indeed remain – so far above the everyday of popular

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Cheery, inconsequential pop music, be damned

The Americans in the blogosphere are going Beatle mad at the moment. It seems that we have just passed the fiftieth anniversary of the Fab Four first landing on American soil. Delightful. I’ve just read a blog post (one among

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Sing whatever is well made

There is a prevalent attitude towards popular music that places the artistry of the singer-songwriter above that of the singer who performs other people’s songs. It’s a fairly recent phenomenon. I don’t think that anyone expected Ella Fitzgerald or Frank

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The Songs of Joni Mitchell

For more than three decades it has been customary, if not quite obligatory, for pop music journalists to compare all blossoming female singer-songwriters  to Joni Mitchell.  Perhaps it is an indication of Mitchell’s greatness that so few songstresses seem able

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