Meet the Beatles (again) in 8 short essays

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The lawsuits are settled, the egos soothed and, finally, the Beatles have come to iTunes. For music fans – of all ages – the long and winding wait for history’s greatest rock band to hook up with the digital age’s most prominent music distributor ended Tuesday. And no doubt millions of ear buds are now channeling contemporary pop’s fab forefathers. Suddenly, the Beatles are new again, revived for loyalists’ playlists, reinvented for the download-only generation. The moment seemed right for some insight, in hindsight, about how the music played, and plays, four-plus decades later

Wander into any college dorm room, say, Farrand Hall at CU-Boulder, and odds are you’ll find at least one piece of Beatles memorabilia. Most common is the Abbey Road posterall grainy and precious and filled with fabled symbolism — the perfect fodder for stoned college conversation.

Or maybe it’s the “Sgt. Pepper” album cover, or a black-and-white shot of John in his sleeveless “New York City” T-shirt. Maybe it’s a crumbling album sleeve of “Rubber Soul” tacked to the ceiling, the actual record nowhere in sight, never to spin on a turntable. (You say you want a revolution? Run your thumb around that iPod clickwheel.) (more…)