SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
I still remember so clearly the night The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Just like it was yesterday…in the spring of 2014 it will be a cool 50 years. I admit that I am getting older : it is just that I refuse to accept it! To me it was yesterday, the formative years of my youth.
Forty years ago , however, The Beatles were already history. The band, I mean. The last time they had performed live was in London in 1969 on the roof-top of the Apple headquarters. In 1971 everyone hated Yoko and dreamed of a Beatle come-back, if for no other reason than to remind us that everything is possible. But no, it did not happen. It never happened.
And for such reasons youtube videos like that below are so wonderful; so powerful. A reminder of the impact 4 lads had on our generation.
[A] vintage interview with Dick Cavett. Recorded 40 years ago (November 23, 1971), the conversation starts with light chit-chat, then (around the 5:30 mark) gets to some bigger questions — Did Yoko break up the band? Did the other Beatles hold him back musically? Why have drugs been so present in the rock ‘n roll world, and did The Beatles’ flirtation with LSD lead youngsters astray? And is there any relationship between drugs and the Indian music that so fascinated Harrison? It was a question better left to Ravi Shankar to answer, and that he did.