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Beatlemania 2012

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Forty years of bio graphical scholarship informs us that these were four very flawed, imperfect men. But, oh, that timeless music. I'm willing to forgive these guys anything. I was just four months shy of my twelfth birthday when the Beatles broke up i n 1970. When I was a little boy they were the princes of the planet. To me they seemed to be invincible. They weren't. The deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison proved that. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are today elderly men for whom eternity now beckons. They were as vulnerable in their grip on this slender thread of life as any of us. Imagine that.

As Paul said at the end of Yellow Submarine , "We brought back lots of lovely souvenirs!" Indeed we did! Brian is probably the only human being on this planet born after 1960 who is into vinyl. He picked up a handful of 45 RPM's (including Ringo's It Don't Come Easy ) a pristine copy of the 1964 Capitol LP that introduced them to America ( Meet the Beatles ) and a t-shirt for his lovely lady friend. ( Hi, Emma! ) In addition to a DVD and a book, I was able to obtain a hole for me pocket. Those things are a tad hard to come by these days, you know.

It was quite a day in the life. We drove away from the place in the late afternoon secure in the knowledge that those Northern Songs will last forever.

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Tom Degan is a former Green Party candidate for New York State Senate. He writes on a blogsite called, The Rant by Tom Degan. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.....Okay, he didn't really receive the Presidential Medal of (more...)

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