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THE BEATLES:  Dylan, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night Part Two
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THE BEATLES: Dylan, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night Part Two

The movie A Hard Day’s Night, despite being made in monochrome on a tiny budget, is decidedly cool, witty and fast moving. It has an ‘improvised’ atmosphere that recalls the contemporary methods of French Nouvelle Vague directors like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. As such it avoids many of the clichés of framing and narrative...

THE BEATLES: Who Could Ask For More extracts Part One: Dylan, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night
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THE BEATLES: Who Could Ask For More extracts Part One: Dylan, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night

INTRODUCTION The idea that Bob Dylan was a key influence on The Beatles is very well-known and accepted one. Dylan is often credited with opening The Beatles’ minds to wider horizons and encouraging them by example to write more personal, meaningful lyrics. Yet most writers have approached this subject in a rather superficial and generalised...

THE BEATLES: Who Could Ask For More: Overview and Chapter Summary
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THE BEATLES: Who Could Ask For More: Overview and Chapter Summary

   WHO COULD ASK FOR MORE: RECLAIMING THE BEATLES   …When asked by a journalist whether the group intended writing any anti-war songs, John – without a moment’s hesitation – replied tartly that ALL their songs were anti-war songs. These songs articulated both the immense fear that lay just beneath the surface of the supposedly...

THE BEATLES: Who Could Ask For More Extract Four : Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane (Part Two)
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THE BEATLES: Who Could Ask For More Extract Four : Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane (Part Two)

  Strawberry Fields Forever begins with what sounds like a distorted, distant flute (actually a mellotron) playing an evocative, yearning intro which sets up the melancholic tone of the song. There is a single bass note, and then we hear John’s voice, doctored to sound rather high, emotionally detached, ethereal. The backing is sparse, with...