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This blog is written by fred garnett and contains his musings on music, society and culture in the sixties. It celebrates the digital release of all the Beatles albums on 9/9/9. I have reviewed each album twice, once as a blog post reflecting how I heard that album at the time it came out, secondly as a story built around one song on each album (as a page – menu on the left). The title of the blog is a pun on The Beatles song title “One after 909” a tribute to British Rail timetables.

The stories are listed on the Page menu and capture a moment in my life at the time and come from an unpublished book “63/68 A Visceral History”. Each “story” is one of 41 chapters and cumulatively tells a different story than the autobiographical narrative revealed song by song; first ten chapters are on Scribd. The whole book 63/68 A Visceral History is now free on Scribd.

In fact the book uses stories to explain the Open Context Model of Learning which has been written and published by the Learner-Generated Contexts Research Group.  If you click on the link you can even read about the Open Context Model. Enjoy it or read the blog, it’s much more fun. If you are interested in theory rather than stories then follow the Learning…With The Beatles sequence. I’ve just curated this (9/9/14) into All You Need is Heutagogy.

I tend to blog about The Beatles on A Beatles YouTube Album now.

The story relating to my first hearing the album Please Please Me is told on the page called Please Please Me. My review of the album is the post called 1-2-3-4 (13/7/2009). You can hear YouTube versions of the Please Please Me tracks at A Beatles YouTube History.

The story relating to my first hearing With The Beatles is told on the page With The Beatles. My review of the album is told in the post We Wanna be Your Band (20/7/2009).

The story relating to my first hearing Hard Days Night is told in the post Working Like A Dog and the story from that album is on the page Hard Day’s Night (26/7/2009).

The story about my first hearing I Feel Fine is told on the page Beatles for Sale, and my review of the album is in the post Beatles in Black.

The story about my first seeing HELP! is told on the page HELP! and my review of the album is told in the post Eight Arms To Hold You.

The story about my first hearing Rubber Soul is told on the page called Rubber Soul. My review of the album is told in the post The Word is Love.

The story about my first hearing Yellow Submarine is told on the page Revolver. My review of the album is told in the post Where do they all Come From?

The story about my first playing Sgt Pepper in England is on the page called Sgt Pepper, my review of first hearing Sgt Pepper is told in the post Good Morning Good Morning. A fuller YouTube version of this post is on A Beatles YouTube Album. (THESE SEEM TO BE MISSING! Will update)

The story about my hearing I Am the Walrus at New Year is told on the page Magical Mystery Tour and my review of the album is in the post called Let Me Take You Down. I also tell the story about first seeing the film Yellow Submarine and discuss some of its tracks at the end of Let Me Take You Down.

The story about my first hearing The White Album is told on the page White Album. There are also stories about Hey Jude and Revolution as well. My review of the White Album is in the post And Then There Were Four.

The story about me first hearing Abbey Road is told on the page Abbey Road. My review of the album is told in the post Got To Be Free.

The story about me first hearing Let It Be in full is told on the page Let It Be. My review of the album is told in the post Home.

There are fuller, longer YouTube versions of the posts at A Beatles YouTube Album.

Information about the digital remasters of the Beatles Albums are available at the Beatles website. Information about each album, and song, can found on the wonderful Beatles Bible website. The twin documents of Ian MacDonald’s Revolution in the Head and Mark Lewisohn’s The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions (out of print?) remain for me the place to start for serious Beatles scholarship; and they are fun and fascinating to read respectively. Mind you in writing this I have discovered several other books that really advance that work. Tim Riley, Peter Doggett and Kenneth Womack have recently written some great Beatles books, so I will devote a post to books at some point.

As a result of the thoughts generated by this blog I am now writing “Learning…With The Beatles“, currently in six parts, but will probably become seven parts. Check the posting schedule at the bottom of this page. The debate about Andragogy & Heutagogy is currently being discussed as comments after the  All You Need is Heutagogy posting.

Documents

Finally a note on The Beatles. This isn’t a work about the Beatles as musicians, songwriters or recording artists. Much better work on that exists elsewhere (see Beatles Books), and I will document and recommend them as this blog goes on. It is about my subjective reactions to their music and how it, and they, influenced my thought at the time, and life subsequently; they helped me get through school successfully (kind of) for one thing. I’m not a big fan of nostalgia and listen to lots of new music from around the world to avoid it, but listening to their work again, this time thinking about the context in which I heard it, and the contexts in which they produced it, has actually increased my respect for both the music and their actions at the time and since. Devendra Banhart sings that “Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are the only Beatles in the world“, but he’s wrong. This blog and 63/68 hope to reveal why.

If you are interested in publishing “63/68 A Visceral History” then email me at fred dot garnett at gmail dot com.

Last Post; “We’re Leaving Home” final part of Learning…With The Beatles. April 14th 2010

New Page! Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band April 29th 2010

Next Post; Listening to the Beatles; Part One “Live 57-63” May 3rd 2010. Now live on the Tomorrow Never Knows blog.

New year review Best Beatles Remasters on A Beatles YouTube Album

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4 Comments

  1. Nigel Ecclesfield said,

    August 3, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Fred

    You’ve taken learning and fandom and mixed them wonderfully in this site. despite ourselves music helps tell our stories and make sense of the world, I’ll be back to talk about the music and the learning.

    Nigel

  2. August 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Well, all I can say is, thank goodness that someone is doing something useful with all this web 2.0 palaver. Just don’t get that Paul McThingy tweeting me.

  3. April 20, 2010 at 10:45 am

    fred: I’ve been spreading the word to US web chums met via Facebook and, having attended a Beatles singalaong last night, I’m revived! It was in our village at http://oxstan.ning.com

  4. fred6368 said,

    April 20, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Hi Kevin, thanks kind sir scouse.
    Deni and I will be starting a sequence of posts drawing on her memories, starting with 10 best Beatles live tracks before they joined EMI
    fred
    BTW What do you think of Learning from Learning…With The Beatles?


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