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2017/05/24 - Book Launch: In Their Lives

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Post by Sabine on Fri 26 May - 13:50

Pippytu wrote:What did David do to his arm? So GA on crutches and David in a sling:) They beat each other up LoL
Yeah, I'd like to know too what happened to his arm. hmm And Gillian on crutches?

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David Duchovny 'In Their Lives' book launch
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Published on May 30, 2017

From The Rubin Museum talk about 'In Their Lives:Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs' Not the entire thing and his mic wasn't working so turn your volume up!

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Me encanta su look ahora. El pelo mucho mejor y parece más joven que en Aquarius. ¡Más guapo!
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Artists Reflect on The Beatles in Their Lives

Jun 17, 2017
by Ellen Fagan



“Hearing will be the last sense we will be witness to before we die.” Thus opened the vibrant book launch for In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs, a rather extraordinary compilation of 29 writers and creative people holding forth with personal accounts of how their lives were changed by their favorite Beatle tracks. Onstage at NYC’s Rubin Museum, participants as diverse as actor David Duchovny and music critic Jon Pareles wittily engaged in Beatle shop talk, personal autobiography and spirited arguments. Grammy winner Shawn Colvin opened the evening with an achingly poignant guitar rendition of “I’ll Be Back,” then sat down to a structured but casual conversation with Pareles that touched upon their mutual love of vintage vinyl. (Colvin confessed that she “still thinks of albums in their entirety, with a side one and a side two.”)

A stately gong signaled the end of that first exchange. Off went Colvin. On came Duchovny (wearing an arm sling “not from a guitar-related injury”). As you’d expect from the X-Files and Californication actor, Duchovny was full of dry humor and gritty honesty about his Beatle-infused childhood. Growing up strapped for cash in Lower Manhattan, he tended towards 45 singles — the cost-effective way of assembling his own favorite tracks. He admitted his all-time favorite is “Dear Prudence,” because of its hypnotic heartbeat and mystical feel. He and Pareles then discussed the impact that the Fab Four’s psychedelic phase had on their own mind-expanding attempts in life. When Pareles asked Duchovny if his fondness for their hallucinogenic songs were “pre-drug,” Duchovny quipped, “Hey, I was 10 years old at the time!”

Next up was author Rick Moody (The Ice Storm) who expressed a partiality to the medley side of Abbey Road’s classic “Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End.” He spoke movingly of music’s ties to childhood memories, and how his love of Abbey Road was contiguous with the painful break-up of his suburban Connecticut parents’ marriage. That album provided “the happy ending [he] so sorely needed at that time.” As Duchovny had pointed out earlier: “Pain is how we most strongly connect to our musical past — happiness won’t provide that.”

Also on the bill was novelist-essayist-critic Francine Prose (Household Saints) who sketched a hilarious portrait of her Brooklyn childhood: “I grew up in Brooklyn before it was Brooklyn — proto-Brooklyn!” Her beatnik-turned-hippie early days were well-served by The Beatles — from her passion for a capella singing to the band’s metaphysical leanings during their later years. Of all the bandmates, she preferred George Harrison, whose “hungry spiritual” look, she admitted, appealed to her sensibilities. When she was younger she simply found Paul and Ringo too cute and John Lennon’s intellectual snark a bit scary until she embraced those very qualities later on. The track she wrote about in the book (compiled by Andrew Blauner) was “Here Comes the Sun” of which she spoke glowingly, admiring its streamlined simplicity and beauty. Interestingly, she co-wrote her chapter with her 9-year-old granddaughter Emilia, a self-described Beatle expert who joined Prose onstage and read a portion of her contribution.

While other contributors to the book were in attendance in the audience, getting on stage for a brief bow at the conclusion, most of the 29 notables were unable to attend the event. But essayist and novelist Pico Iyer, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, and musical journalist and TV personality Touré each added particularly personal and thought-provoking chapters on “Yesterday,” “No Reply” and “The Ballad of John and Yoko.” New Yorker staff writer Rebecca Mead wrote a particularly beguiling chapter about “Eleanor Rigby,” which melded a history of the song itself with a beautifully laid-out landscape of her life when the song was in frequent radio rotation, punctuating the visceral role that music plays as the soundtrack of our lives.

In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs was recently released by Blue Rider Press New York. The book launch panel at the Rubin Museum took place on May 24, 2017.

– Ellen Fagan

Photo: Hulton Archive/Staff (courtesy Getty Images)

PS. For more great Beatles books, check out our post Since You’ve Already Heard The Beatles, Read Them. And for another take on The Beatles’ extraordinary impact, check out How The Beatles (Almost) Destroyed My Sanity.


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Great writers weigh in on their favorite Beatles' songs

Paul Zotter
1:00 AM
Jul 2, 2017

What do Rosanne Cash, David Duchovny, Bill Flanagan, Chuck Klosterman and Jane Smiley have in common? They and 23 other authors have all contributed essays about their favorite Beatles songs to an anthology edited by Andrew Blauner called “In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs.”

There is no doubt that the Beatles do have a large and enduring catalog of songs to choose from. The word “great” in the title referring to both the essay authors and the Beatles songs may be highly subjective because there could be disagreement about the choice of writers and their song selections. Fortunately, the authors bring enough variety and differing perspectives to their essays that it stays interesting.

A fair number of the authors included were either adolescents or teenagers when the Beatles, accompanied by mass hysteria, arrived in the United States. Some of the stories are about that period in their lives growing up with the Beatles’ music. Some essays invoke happy times and coming of age, while others have darker memories associated with heartbreak, parents’ divorce and death. A prime example is the essay by Rosanne Cash about accidentally eavesdropping on a phone conversation between her parents about the time of the song “No Reply” from the “Beatles ’65” album and how it affected her perspective on the song in different stages of her life. It is a testament to her skill as an author and songwriter that it is one of the most compelling of the essays yet also one of the shortest.

Some authors relate how they or their children came to listen to the Beatles long after the group disbanded in 1970. Others have an international flavor, with one story set in Africa about finding a copy of “Revolver” under a bed and not being able to listen to it until four years later, when the author had access to a record player. Another involves the melody to “Yellow Submarine” that a family used as a whistle call to find each other in Bulgaria while it was still a part of the Iron Curtain.

The Beatles themselves — George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr — all get individual assessment as authors try to dissect the meaning of the lyrics and/​or the structures of their compositions. Some essayists write about the Lennon and McCartney collaborative efforts. Others pursue the technical aspects of the innovations to rock music as the artists advanced from the “Rubber Soul” album on through “Abbey Road.” These would include a nod to the studio wizardry of their producer, George Martin, and the recording engineer, Geoff Emerick, that enabled the Beatles to formulate the sounds they wanted to enhance songs. Martin and Emerick would help transform the music through complex string arrangements, a single chord struck on four separate grand pianos and a harmonium for the ending of “A Day in the Life,” various echo, reverb, reverse tracking or a number of other novel ideas.

The editor even allowed the inclusion of a writer who hates the Beatles. His essay on “Yesterday” called it a karaoke song. There’s also an essay on the obscure and often derided B-side of the single “Let It Be” called “You Know My Name Look up My Number” and the intriguing history of how the song came into existence.

With the 50th anniversary of the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” marked by a remix of that classic album by the late George Martin’s son, “In Their Lives” is a reminder of the cultural phenomenon that was the Beatles. It’s the kind of book that makes for a quick read at the beach or pool.

Paul Zotter is a writer living in the South Hills.

"IN THEIR LIVES: GREAT WRITERS ON GREAT BEATLES SONGS"
Edited by Andrew Blauner
Blue Ridge Press ($23).


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