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Monday, August 08, 2005


The Washington Post reviews a new book on The Beatles by Stephen D. Stark, who claims that they were so successful in large part because they were...feminists:

" 'The Beatles helped feminize the culture,' Stark writes, in part because they usually 'displayed a more sympathetic attitude to women in their songs than most other rock writers.' In addition, the band 'not only sounded and looked feminine because of their style and their hair; they were more feminine in their group dynamic.' Key to this inadvertent revolution were the deaths of Lennon's and McCartney's mothers when each Beatle was still in his teens..These deeply traumatic events had the effect, Stark argues, of repeatedly driving both composers toward strong women who shaped them at every turn."

Let it be.


  • Before they were feminists, Beatles were also master foreign policy experts: "We can work it out" and outstanding city planners: "Long and Winding Road".

    Feminists? This was the band that sang a little ditty called "Run For Your Life" ("i'd rather see you dead, little girl, than see you with another man" goeth the lyrics). And then there was the Summer of Love anthem, "Getting Better", on SPLHCB: "I used to be cruel to my woman, and beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved".

    Jeez, the Beatles are quite possibly the greatest artists in any medium in the 20th century, but to ascribe politics to their music is just plain silly.

    I've said too much.


    By Blogger km, at 8:10 PM  

  • No, you haven't! That was great, thank you.

    By Blogger PrufrockTwo, at 8:01 AM  

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