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The Death and Resurrection of Paul McCartney (in the 90s)

The Death and Resurrection of Paul McCartney (in the 90s)

All this talk of the Lennon/McCartney partnership has me listening to solo McCartney again. You know, to stack it up against Lennon’s stuff… And I’m curiously drawn to Paul’s late 80s/early 90s period, when he was sporting that awful mullet and the very un-rocknroll tshirt-and-vest look. After the massively underrated McCartney II, and apart from […]

Lennon/McCartney: Creativity, Competition and Collaboration

Lennon/McCartney: Creativity, Competition and Collaboration

Successful collaborations are so rare that exploring their mechanics is always worthwhile. The dazzling 3-part series Two of Us by Joshua Wolf Shenk over at Slate does so brilliantly, dissecting the Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership and touching on a number of our favorite themes: the fruit of giving up control, the inherently selfless spirit of creativity […]

Another Week Ends: Phil Spector, The Beatles, Les Mis, The Dark Knight, Bono

Another Week Ends: Phil Spector, The Beatles, Les Mis, The Dark Knight, Bono

1. That Phil Spector lost his case came as no surprise to many of us. Still, as a long-time Spector fan/fanatic, the whole thing has hit me rather hard. Let us not forget that in 2002 he told a reporter, “to all intents and purposes I would say I’m probably relatively insane, to an extent…I […]