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Celebrating the ‘simply everpresent’ Beatles

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The experiments in sound wonderfully complemented the growing abstraction of the group’s lyrics to create impressionistic dreamscapes like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band—credited as the first-ever concept album and lauded by Allmusic as a transformation of pop music into “Art with a capital A.” Every artist today that pursues a unified vision on the edge of musical boundaries is walking in The Beatles’ footsteps.

In one band, then, there exists a microcosm of rock and roll from then to now—expert at so many things, from catchy pop melodies to avant-garde experimentation. The songs meet listeners on familiar terrain but also stretch and challenge—sometimes all at the same time. That’s why the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl can proclaim that The Beatles “are my mom’s favorite band, my favorite band, and now my daughter’s favorite band.”

Jeff Koch
Jeff Koch

Jeff is a mortgage lender and graduate of the World Journalism Institute's mid-career course. He lives with his wife and their eight children in the Chicago area.


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