Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Weekend Reading

Cow spent a delicious weekend reading "Ticket to Ride" by Larry Kane.

Kane is a news journalist who was assigned to cover the Beatles visit in 1964 by his station manager. Instead, he was invited by Brian Epstein to join the entire tour and was even invited back for the 1965 tour.

The book is interesting but the best part is the CD included in the back. In it are the actual tape-recorded interviews by Kane with all of the Beatles over the two years. Fascinating, filled with background noises and really gives you the feeling of being there.

As an aside, Cow thinks about so many of the really successful groups and thinks some success comes from having more than one lead singer. For instance, the Beatles had alternating leads of John and Paul, but then threw in tracks sung by George and Ringo.

Fleetwood Mac, had Lindsey Buckingham as well as Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie singing their beautiful hearts out. The Mamas and the Papas, alternating singers. Cow is sure there's others as well.



Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

True, true. Mind you, this also sows the seeds of many of band's destruction as each singer struggles to keep their own identity and their own evolutionary path. John and Paul, Neil and Art, Neil and Viv, etc.

2:31 PM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Oooh, forgot Neil and Art. Am just now checking out Neil and Viv, thanks for the link,



2:41 PM  
Blogger From the Doghouse said...

Sounds like you need to go see "Rain" next week at Thalia Mara!

7:42 AM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Yes, Dog, isn't that a coincidence, just when Topiary finished this book, along comes this concert!

Cow will consider whether this Thalia Mara venue is Topiary-friendly, check the available funds, and possibly, just possibly, attend.


1:04 PM  
Blogger Linda and her Twaddle said...

I cannot imagine seeing anything of any great musical value being attributed to many pop stars of today.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

Simon & Garfunkel. Charles & Eddy. PJ & Duncan. Kid N' Play.

I could go on.

2:06 PM  

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