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11 Creative Breakthroughs People Had in Their Sleep

You know what visions I get in my dreams? Visions of falling off of buildings (and doing the full body spasm thing when I hit the ground). These 11 people, on the other hand, had dreams that changed the world. Let’s hope that my visions take a turn toward genius sometime soon. Until then, I’ll [...]

The Late Movies: Songs About Spies

On this date in 1947, the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency were established in the United States under the National Security Act. In honor of sneaky, stealthy, secretive men and women everywhere, here are six songs about spies. Spies Like Us Released in 1993 in conjunction with a Chevy Chase movie of the same [...]

11 Cool Places in Nashville You Really Must Visit

This summer, I started a walking tour of downtown Nashville (walkinnashville.com). After twenty years of writing about music, and interviewing the likes of Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson, I figured it might be fun to share some of what I’ve learned, along with a few backstage stories. There are a number of tours on [...]

11 Things You May Not Know About John Lennon

Getty Images John Lennon was the leader and founding member of The Beatles. Let’s take a look at a few facts you might not have known about him. 1. He was a choir boy and a Boy Scout. Yes, John Lennon, the great rock ‘n’ roll rebel and iconoclast, was once a choir boy and a Boy Scout. John [...]

On Music: Beatlemania Week – No. 5

“Helter Skelter” This song off The White Album probably wouldn’t be so famous were it not for the Manson murders. More on that in a sec. But first, the inspiration for “Helter Skelter.” Paul McCartney has said he’d read a 1967 Guitar Player magazine interview with Pete Townshend where the Who’s guitarist described their latest single, [...]

On Music: Beatlemania Week – No. 4

“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” Contrary to the popular story we all heard growing up, the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was not inspired by LSD; rather, by a drawing John Lennon’s son Julian did of his classmate, Lucy O’Donnell. Julian brought the drawing home from nursery school in 1966, and explained to [...]

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 49

It’s Thursday, it’s late, it’s time once again for the game that’s sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME. All the clips below have something in common. Leave your best guesses in the comments. Mates Of State – Goods (All In Your Head) Paul McCartney & Wings – Live & Let Die Talking Heads – Psycho Killer Sonic [...]

The Day John Lennon Met Paul McCartney

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. The actual genesis of The Beatles is a bit nebulous and could be argued. However, most Beatles historians cite the date of July 6, 1957 as the official beginning of The Beatles. John Lennon, a Liverpool guitar player [...]

John Lennon Was a Crazy Cat Lady

John Lennon was crazy about cats. Over the years, he owned several, plus a few dogs. These are their stories. Elvis Growing up, Lennon had a cat named Elvis, who was owned by his beloved mother, Julia. Julia was worshiped by young John, and they were both crazy about Elvis Presley. The Lennons realized they had misnamed [...]

The Beatles’ Bizarre Christmas Shows of 1963-64

By the 1963 Christmas season, The Beatles were already the biggest musical stars in the history of British entertainment. So the boys were asked to star in “The Beatles Christmas Shows” at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London. The Christmas shows had been arranged by the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, and included several of [...]