Six decades later, Link Wray’s “Rumble” feels both like rock n’ roll and punk. Our interview with veteran musician Jon Paris sheds light on this guitarist who inspired Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Johnny Winter, and the Stray Cats.
“Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys rocked the Beatles’ world, especially Paul McCartney. And inspired John Lennon to compose “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
A Beatles picture book? You’ve got “A, B, See the Beatles!” Fab Four reading for pre-teens? You’ve got “Mom, Dad, Who Are The Beatles.” Let the indoctrination process begin!
Before they were movies, “The Commitments” and “High Fidelity” were great books. But these are not the only novels documenting the ups and crazy downs of the rock ‘n roll lifestyle. Just ask serious writer Salman Rushdie.
Besides musical composition, The Beatles provide an opportunity to explore everything from politics to poetry. A growing number of academics are using the Fab Four to stimulate critical thinking on a whole ‘nother level.