Yesterday and Today

By Wayne Kaminski

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The yesterday and today podcast is a fan-made, not for profit, just for fun compilation of chronological source materials as they pertain to the Beatles. This show is in no way affiliated with Apple Corps, nor any organization connected to John, Paul, George or Ringo in any way... though we do consider ourselves premiere members of the Bungalow Bill fun club. So kick back, turn off your mind, relax and download the stream...we hope you will enjoy the show.

Episode Date
Episode 20 – Beatles ’68 pt4
58:59
It's June 1968 and The Beatles' double album is finally taking shape. Kicking things off this month was the very first all-original composition by Ringo Starr, a years-in-the-making honky tonk number called Don't Pass Me By. And the Beatles wouldn't pass it by, spending as much time and energy on Ringo's first track as they had for any of those that came before. It was moments like these that drew a sharp distinction from the tension that was beginning to haunt these sessions - a tension never before experienced on a Beatles project. The four boys who had entered the EMI studios 5 years earlier were now four men who were beginning to lead separate (and sometimes intense) personal lives of their own. As John's marriage to Cynthia broke down, his passionate love affair with artist Yoko Ono became public knowledge, and while a divergence into the avant-garde was good for Lennon's soul, it also alienated many longtime friends and fans. George's attempt to bring Indian spiritualism to his bandmates may have been a rocky road with mixed results, but his heart remained in Indian culture even if his brothers-in-arms didn't. With Apple in full swing, Paul's attention was set squarely on talent development, both his own (recording tracks like Blackbird and Mother Nature's Son to name a few) and that of his musical proteges like Mary Hopkin. The band would have to hang on to periodic shows of unity, because the woes of the double album sessions would be far from over...
Jun 18, 2018
Episode 19 – Beatles ’68 pt3
1:10:13
It's April 1968 and The Beatles are back from India and open for business with a new company: APPLE. The concept of Apple Corps began as a clever way to reinvest money into creative endeavors, rather than pay it all to the taxman...but it soon blossomed into, as Paul put it, a type of "western communism" that sought to change the world of pop music from the top down and the bottom up. The company would be divided into several sectors including records, manufacturing, retail, publishing and technology, each designed by the Beatles themselves to promote art, music, culture, innovation and talent that they each believed in. At the heart was Apple Records, and John, Paul, George and Ringo each set out to discover, nurture and promote talented fresh faces of music such as Mary Hopkin, James Taylor, The Iveys, Jackie Lomax and others. Apple was a massive undertaking, and could not have come at a more unstable period for the group. Upon returning from Rishikesh with a renewed sense of inner self, John put months of secret correspondence to bed (literally) with Japanese conceptual artist Yoko Ono Cox, sending his marriage into a tailspin. George, meanwhile, became the increasing target of bitterness and resentment from his bandmates for having involved them with the Maharishi in the first place, whom John especially felt personally betrayed by. All this while the boys readied themselves to return to the studio and begin the most challenging sessions of their musical career...
Jun 11, 2018
Episode 18 – Beatles ’68 pt2
1:17:33
It was a long road to Rishikesh, but in the spring of 1968 The Beatles had finally arrived. Eager for a much-needed holiday and in search of spiritual regeneration, they found themselves in India on the foothills of the Himalayas with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for an extended seminar in transcendental meditation ("TM"). TM was an effective alternative to the abuse of drugs and alcohol, and enthusiasm for it was shared by fellow members of the pop elite such as singer/songwriter Donovan, Mike Love of the Beach Boys and actress Mia Farrow (along with her sister, Prudence) who joined the boys on their trip. For the musicians in the camp, hundreds of songs were written over their respective stays, all the while sharing stories, verses, inspiration and encouragement with one another. Techniques such as Donovan's finger-picking guitar style were a revelation, and the songs written during this period would seed their way into countless recordings for years to come. It's only natural for a trip like this to bring people closer together, and it would for a time...but the quest for inner peace would also bring about an introspective transformation in each of its disciples. The John, Paul, George and Ringo that went to India were not the John, Paul, George and Ringo that returned, and in learning about themselves by looking inward, the four boys who had been so close for so long had begun to truly grow up, and to grow apart...
Jun 04, 2018
Episode 17 – Beatles ’68 pt1
40:44
It's 1968! After a year of incredible highs and dizzying lows, The Beatles took on the new year with energy and enthusiasm. The boys entered the studio to record rockers, pop tunes and ballads that would be counted among their very finest, as well as a segment for the upcoming Yellow Submarine film still in development. Macca's ode to Fats Domino, Lady Madonna, and John's rocking Hey Bulldog roared with the kind of sound and energy of the band's pre-psychedelic recordings, while Across the Universe grew from the type of poetic song-craft of the year prior. The early weeks of the year also saw John and Paul produce the band Grapefruit - one of the first groups connected to the as-yet-to-be-fully-up-and-running Apple and whom share their name with a book published by Japanese artist Yoko Ono. They were named by John Lennon, who at this time was focused on finding himself under the tutelage of the Maharishi. John made amends with his father Freddie, who had abandoned him at an early age, and looked inward with meditation as a way to peel back the layers of anger and pain that had driven him to substance abuse. Life was good, and change was coming as the band made its final preparations for an extended holiday in India...
May 28, 2018
Episode 16 – Beatles ’67 pt6
1:23:52
Roll up! Roll up for the epic finale to 1967! The year that changed so much in the lives of The Beatles would continue its transformative effects in the fall and winter, with new music, a new film, a solo project and a new business venture all happening at once. The boys' latest single, Hello Goodbye, would dominate the charts in November and serve as a bridge between the Sgt. Pepper era and the group's next record, Magical Mystery Tour. Released as an EP in Britain, and as an LP in North America, Magical Mystery Tour was a collection of new songs that provided a soundtrack to the group's made-for-television film of the same name. While the record was a smash success on both sides of the pond, the film...well, not so much. Headlines around the world proclaimed the effort a "FLOP" and for John, Paul, George and Ringo the shine of psychedelia was well on its way to erosion. George, meanwhile, had begun work on the Wonderwall soundtrack which would (not counting The Family Way soundtrack by Paul from 1966) amount to the first Beatle solo album. And to top it all off, a little company called Apple was about to take off in a big, big way...
May 21, 2018
Episode 15 – Beatles ’67 pt5
1:23:14

Still riding high on the critical and commercial success that Sgt. Pepper brought, the Beatles entered the so-called "summer of love" as the spokespeople for their generation. Beloved by both fan and critic alike, John, Paul, George and Ringo took to the biggest audience of their career, representing Great Britain in the worldwide telecast "Our World" and debuting for it their new smash single "All You Need Is Love". With another chart topper in the bag, the band also made great strides toward ditching the harder drugs that had begun to take a destructive toll earlier in the year under the guidance of a spiritual leader named Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Discovered by George and Patti, the Maharishi and his transcendental meditation seminars brought the boys some much needed peace of mind, especially John, whose chemical-laden escapades were starting to become a serious problem. But just as the Beatles began their retreat, tragedy struck. Manager Brian Epstein, the man most responsible for their fame and success, died suddenly of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 32. It was a terrible blow, and one that many (including the Beatles themselves) point to as the single event most responsible for the truly dark times ahead...

 

May 14, 2018
Episode 14 – Beatles ’67 pt4
1:05:38
We're back with a detailed look at side B of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! To open the second half of the record, George Harrison picks up where he left of on Revolver's "Love You, Too" with the Indian-influenced "Within You, Without You". A moody choice for the otherwise bright record, George's exercise in writing western pop for eastern instrumentation is a beautiful exploration of the soul through the lens of a young man on the verge of the biggest period of spiritual enlightenment of his life. Of course the follow-up, Paul's "When I'm Sixty Four" is an exploration in abrupt, sharp turns! One of the very first songs a young McCartney crafted in his teen years, this was also one of the first recorded for the record in the winter of 1966. From there the Paul train rolls on with "Lovely Rita", followed by John's "Good Morning, Good Morning". If his songs on side A of the record were to be considered "workman-like", this track is certainly no exception - with it's principal hook lifted from a corn flakes commercial. The Sgt. Pepper Reprise then leads us into what is considered by many to be the band's finest work of song-craft, the beautiful and haunting "A Day in the Life." As we leave this album behind and proceed through 1967, it's clear that the good times will never be this good for the Beatles again. So love it or hate it, Sgt. Pepper is the peak. Enjoy the view. 
May 07, 2018
Episode 13 – Beatles ’67 pt3
52:44
At long last, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has arrived! It's the spring of 1967 and The Beatles have unleashed their eight LP on the world -- and the reactions are pouring in: "ALL HAIL SGT PEPPER!" While many would argue that song-for-song, Revolver was a stronger effort, Pepper tapped into the cultural zeitgeist like no other pop record in history, simultaneously reflecting the culture whilst also guiding it to the path forward. The album begins with its eponymous title track, and scorching lead guitar kicks in the door to let the listener know this isn't quite the Beatles you remember. The entire first side of Pepper, detailed in this episode, is an exercise in the progressing song-craft of Lennon and McCartney which was growing in bold new directions by the day. Drugs and drink may have hindered some of John's interest, but you'd never know it from the expressive poetry of songs like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite". Meanwhile the Macca creativity explosion continued to soar with tracks like "She's Leaving home" and "Fixing A Hole", while "Getting Better" only served as further proof that Lennon and McCartney were, and would always be, stronger together.
Apr 30, 2018
Episode 12 – Beatles ’67 pt2
42:56
Is the world ready for the "new" Beatles?" After the successful, but comparatively disappointing commercial debut of their new sound courtesy of the Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever single, the band put readied their final touches on the LP considered at the time to be their masterpiece. Well, at least Paul McCartney and producer George Martin thought so...the other three Beatles had mixed feelings themselves about the new direction. Drugs and drink gripped their talons into John Lennon (only 26 at the time) who considered Sgt. Pepper to be a solid, but workman-like exercise. George Harrison's mind was still in India and away from the guitar - the instrument that had so inspired him as a child - as he found two out of his three new keyboard-penned compositions rejected for the new album. Ringo famously learned to play chess on the record, with days, weeks and sometimes months in between overdub sessions. Regardless, the launch of "Pepper" was about to make The Beatles a whole new kind of creative force in the world of pop art, and once again guide the culture of the world into uncharted territory...
Apr 22, 2018
Episode 11 – Beatles ’67 pt1
1:09:29
It's a new year for the Beatles, and with it a new album in the works. After half a decade of nearly non-stop live performances, the band were at last able to enjoy the fruits of their fame, and the freedom to experiment in bold new directions. But the real question was, would the public follow them in those bold new directions? Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever, recorded the prior December, would be the true test of the band's new direction. It's one thing to listen to "Tomorrow Never Knows" as the play-out end of an LP, but another entirely to see if this new English psychedelia "proto-prog rock" could also dominate the singles charts. The answer? Yes and no. America propelled the Beatles' new sound to #1, but in their native England the band was, for the first time since the dawn of Beatlemania, shut out of the top spot. Younger fans who adored the mop-tops now saw high brow cover art and facial hair adorning their favorite crushes. This was a message the world: whether you like it or not, The Beatles are growing up. But would growing up mean splitting apart? Was the height of their popularity behind them? Many theorized, but few could predict that once more John, Paul George and Ringo would push the boundaries of pop music into a whole new world...
Apr 16, 2018
Episode 10 – Beatles ’66 pt4
1:23:51
The Beatles may have been riding high on the critical and commercial success of Revolver, but a tour of the tumultuous United States was in full swing, and danger loomed large around every corner. Manager Brian Epstein's attempt to quell the outrage from the American public over remarks from John Lennon that the group was more popular than Jesus Christ proved futile, as Bible Belt radio stations torched albums, staged boycotts and stoked the frenzy to a fever pitch. Beatlemania, once an outlet for youthful energy and positivity, now brought a different kind of enthusiasm from the likes of the Ku Klux Klan, religious zealots and troublemakers looking for an excuse to take the fab four down a peg. When one such concert-goer hurled an explosive on stage, it was finally decided that enough was enough. On August 29th, 1966 the band would play their last concert in San Fransisco's Candlestick Park, and the trajectory of John, Paul, George and Ringo would never be the same. As 1966 drew to a close, each Beatle took time for themselves before reuniting for what would become the ultimate musical statement of the 1960's: Sgt. Pepper...
Apr 09, 2018
Episode 09 – Beatles ’66 pt3
1:13:51
Turmoil may have followed the Beatles on tour, but in the studio the band reached its zenith with their 7th and perhaps finest LP ever: Revolver. While Sgt. Pepper nearly a year later tends to be remembered as their greatest achievement, it's on Revolver where the combined efforts of John, Paul, George and Ringo shine the brightest and in the most cohesion. Psychedelia is, for the first time, used as a songwriting tool by the band who by this point had been well into dropping acid. Even Paul, the notorious LSD hold-out, had finally succumb to the pressures of his friends and of his generation the prior December of 1965, setting the stage for the kinds of schisms that would shake the group apart just 3 1/2 short years later. But for all the chemical experimentation, The Beatles' song craft had grown to towering heights on tracks from the LP such as Here There and Everywhere, Tomorrow Never Knows, Eleanor Rigby, For No One, I'm Only Sleeping, Taxman and so many more. Another shift also swept through Revolver, with George Harrison contributing a full three songs to the record and a Ringo vocal topping the singles charts! But the storms that had brewed earlier in the summer had yet to subside, and despite the smash-success of their latest masterpiece, once again the group found themselves at the center of a firestorm in the American south...
Apr 02, 2018
Episode 08 – Beatles ’66 pt2
1:15:42
It's the summer of 1966, and for four scruffs from the mean streets of one of Great Britain's most raucous port cities...it's good to be the kings. But the uninterrupted reign of the Beatles was bound to have a breaking point, and as the group kicks off their 3rd major world tour, they're about to find theirs. To kick of their tour, the band enjoyed a triumphant return to their old stomping grounds of Hamburg, Germany, where the specters of the past loomed large and served as a reminder to the boys that they had been cut from rough cloth. Then, on to Japan where protests over their appearance at the Nippon Budokan temple in Tokyo soured what was otherwise a very successful, albeit sterile, visit. Next stop, the Philippines, where a run-in with the Marcos regime nearly ends in disaster for the band who felt lucky to escape with their lives. A violent encounter at the airport and a shake-down that robbed them of any profits they would have made from the performance left the boys shaken as they travelled onward to India for a respite on their way back to Britain. All the while a storm was brewing in North America that would haunt the band's legacy to this day...and it would only get worse from here...
Mar 26, 2018
Episode 07 – Beatles ’66 pt1
1:22:56
It's 1966! Join the Yesterday & Today podcast as we enter perhaps the single most transformative year in the history of The Beatles, the year that would bring us butcher covers, final live performances, tomorrows that never know and strawberry fields forever. This week we cover January through June of 1966, wherein we find the Beatles hard at work on their 7th LP release Revolver. In these first few months of the new year George Harrison marries to model and longtime girlfriend Pattie Boyd, John Lennon delivers an off-the-cuff interview to friend and journalist Maureen Cleave that will haunt the group in the coming months, Paul McCartney dabbles in experimental sound and helps launch the Indica Gallery in London and Ringo Starr delivers arguably the best drumming performance of his career on the wonderful John Lennon-penned track Rain. In North America, Capitol Records releases the Yesterday & Today LP, combining songs from the English Rubber Soul and the as-yes-to-be-released Revolver. In protest, the boys sent over their choice for the cover to this "butchered" compilation...which sparks some major controversy in the states. All this, plus discover what it sounds like to be in a car with a titanically stoned Bob Dylan and John Lennon!
Mar 19, 2018
Episode 06 – Beatles ’65 pt6
1:22:45
The year 1965 was one of the busiest, most ground-breaking and prolific years in the Beatles' career; second, perhaps only to the madness of 1964 - and it's not over yet! In the final weeks of December, the band's sixth studio album, Rubber Soul, would cement the group as more than a simple pop-rock combo, but as musicians that would continually redefine genre and transform the very concept of an album itself from a simple collection of songs, to one unified artistic statement. From the touching "In My Life" to the stinging harder edges of "Think For Yourself" and "You Won't See Me", John, Paul, George and Ringo were once again reinventing pop music. Rubber Soul also introduced the western world to the possibilities of eastern instrumentation and its application in rock and roll. The sitar used on Norwegian Wood would be the "lick that launched a thousand records". The end of '65 also saw the Beatles last tour of the UK, a new Christmas record, the surfacing of John Lennon's father Fred and a Saturday morning Beatle cartoon for American audiences. Join us in celebrating the year that was, as we venture forth into the turbulent and ever-changing waters of 1966...
Mar 12, 2018
Episode 05 – Beatles ’65 pt5
1:03:57
The Beatles had once again triumphantly returned to Britain after a whirlwind tour of North America...but the break in activity wouldn't last long. By September, EMI was quick to remind the boys that they needed a new LP for the Christmas season, so once again John, Paul, George and Ringo returned to the studio to pull a record out of thin air. But this time it was different. This time, the record itself was being thought of as a piece of art that The Beatles could craft using all they had learned up to this point. By October, they were knee deep in studio exploration when it came time to visit Buckingham Palace to at last receive the much anticipated MBE Award from Queen Elizabeth. Honored by their country, decorated by their Queen, Lennon and McCartney would next be honored by their fellow pop stars in a television special dedicated to their songwriting. All this over a two month period, for young men the oldest of which was only twenty five.
Mar 05, 2018
Episode 04 – Beatles ’65 pt4
1:17:52
It's the summer of 1965, and The Beatles are conquering North America...again! With a number one movie, a number one single and a number one album on all the charts, John, Paul, George and Ringo's popularity showed no signs of decay more than a year into their planetary super-stardom, and on their return to America in August they continued to dominate. This week we take a closer look at the biggest concert tour the group would ever embark on -- beginning with the very first arena rock concert EVER, The Beatles at SHEA STADIUM! Also in this episode, the fabs fly to California and meet their inspiration, Elvis Presley, in the flesh! It wasn't a warm and fuzzy reception between rock royalty at first, but once the ice was broken, this meeting would go down as a quintessential moment for the band. Ringo even played football with Elvis!
Feb 26, 2018
Episode 03 – Beatles ’65 pt3
1:20:41
Everyone could use a little "HELP!", and the Beatles are about the unleash it around the world! It's the release of their second feature film, the plot-laden romp that puts Beatle Ringo in a world of trouble - and the threetles set to defend their bound buddy. But that's not all the summer months of '65 had to offer, the LP release of the film's corresponding album was a major breakthrough for the band, where songwriting and melody once again took a dramatic leap forward from the mostly backward-looking "Beatles for Sale".  The group also embarked on their first North American tour since conquering the continent the year prior, and what better place to make their triumphant return than to the stage that made them household names: the Ed Sullivan Show! Join us for the continuation of one of the busiest periods in Beatles history!
Feb 19, 2018
Episode 02 – Beatles ’65 pt2
1:22:51
Take a ticket to ride with the Yesterday and Today podcast as we roll up into the spring of 1965! The Beatles' feverish pace that started the year somehow ramped up even higher, as each of the four Beatles found new breakthroughs in sound, song craft and experimentation. The group was finishing the filming of their sophomore film release, recently changed from "Eight Arms to Hold you" to the pithier "HELP!", recording an LP to accompany the film AND beginning the first leg of a European tour. And somehow, during all this madness, a little song about scrambled eggs was being refined into one of the greatest pieces of pop music in modern history: Paul McCartney's Yesterday. George Harrison was introduced to a little instrument called a Sitar, Ringo acted naturally and John Lennon took to the streets of London having just passed his driving test. The summer is almost here, and 1965 is only just heating up - join us for all the madness!
Feb 12, 2018
Episode 01 - Beatles '65 pt1
1:28:08
This is the story of The Beatles, in the words of those who were there both then, and now. Since their inception, the world's most famous band has been written about and reflected upon, both from a musicological and sociological lens. Moments became stories, stories became tales, and tales became legends over the last 50+ years -- making the truth harder and harder to find. For one fan, finding the truth in the legend became a mission. In the year 2000 the Yesterday and Today project began. Thousands of hours of film and audio were compiled into yearly summations of Beatle activity, accentuated by countless books, magazines, newspaper articles and memorabilia that would help flesh out the true story of the fab four from a wide variety of points of view. At the heart of the project, several previously released documentary series' served as a spine for the narrative - the most notable of which being the "Yesterday and Today" retrospective that aired on WXLO Radio on May 30th, 1977. Now, 18 years later, the Yesterday and Today project is ready to be released for free as a labor of love and fandom to Beatlefans around the world. We begin with 1965....and we hope you will enjoy the show!
Jan 27, 2018