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John Lennon’s Voice

October 9, 2015

Happy 75th Birthday John Lennon. Shame a “jerk of all jerks” (Paul McCartney) prevented you from enjoying it properly.



My Jetpunk quiz addiction has now reached the alarming point where I can name every Beatles song in eleven minutes, a skill that may prove useful in the course of some truly bizarre gunpoint hostage situation.

Does get me thinking about the current state of fabology though, and the growing possibility of a more friendly and generous perception of the Lennon-McCartney partnership.  There are still some people out there with such a limited and zero-sum state of mind that they think that the best way to honour John is to insult Paul.  Sad that is.  Wasteful.

One thing that gets lost amid discussions of authorship is discussion of musicianship.  On a very generous and truthful impulse John paid particular tribute to Paul’s bass playing – describing Paul McCartney as one of the great innovators of the instrument, someone who was able to make the bass guitar do things it had…

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