Nothing Is Real - A Beatles Podcast

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John Beverley
 Dec 13, 2019
Just discovered this podcast and gone back to the beginning of it. Re-discovering The Beatles (I was there first time around) marvellous to hear remastered Abbey Road on a proper hi-fi. Enjoying the podcast tremendously.

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50 years on, the world is still in love with The Beatles. Join Nothing Is Real hosts Jason Carty & Steven Cockcroft as they continue the never-ending conversation about the greatest band the world has ever known. Each episode puts a tiny piece of the Beatles story under the microscope to try and make sense of it all. Coming at you live, on tape, from Dublin. Fortnightly.


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Nothing Is Real
1:17:07

S05E12: You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) 


In 1988 when asked for his favorite Beatles song, Paul McCartney offered up You Know My Name (Look Up The Number). Released in 1970 it was the last new Beatles b-side and it showed that right up to the end they could still surprise and delight. 


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Dec 03, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 5 Episode 11 - LIVE - The Beatles In Ireland
1:20:01

S05E11: Nothing Is Real LIVE - The Beatles In Ireland 


Two years on from NIR’s live debut, Steven & Jason are once again in front of an audience at the 2021 Dublin Beatles Festival. This time they’re battling the conspiracy theory that The Beatles are from Liverpool. Could it be that they are actually Ireland’s greatest band? 


Live on tape, in front of an audience, from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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Dec 01, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 5 Episode 10 - The Beatles: Get Back
1:10:46

The Beatles Get Back


Nearly three years on from the announcement of The Beatles Get Back, Peter Jackson’s movie is finally here. Except it’s not a movie, it is January 1969 distilled into 7 hours and 48 minutes, and it’s everything. 


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Nov 25, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 5 Bonus - The Night Before
16:22

The Beatles Get Back - The Night Before


The wait is nearly over. With only 24 hours to go before the world gets to see Peter Jackson’s The Beatles Get Back, Steven & Jason gather their thoughts ahead of its release and ahead of a full Nothing Is Real episode on this incredible docuseries. 


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Nov 24, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 5 Episode 9 - You Can’t Catch Me: Come Together Part Two
1:14:46

You Can’t Catch Me: Come Together Part Two


As 1972 rolled into 1973, so did the litigation relating to the inspiration John Lennon had when writing Come Together. The knock-on effects would be heard on John’s solo albums and teach us the important life lesson to always read the small print about mail order distribution.


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Nov 17, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 5 Episode 8 - You Can’t Catch Me: Come Together Part One
1:06:13

You Can’t Catch Me: Come Together Part One


Having been sidelined by a car accident, John Lennon reappeared at the Abbey Road sessions with a gem: Come Together. Although a great example of the Beatles as a creative entity, the track would cast a huge shadow over John’s solo work in the 70s. 


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Nov 10, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 5 Episode 7 - Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Movie
1:21:54

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Movie


This 1978 movie, a BeeGees-Frampton vehicle is a rightly derided folly. The bigger question is: Why does this even exist at all? Follow all the threads and even Brian Epstein plays an indirect role. Steven & Jason explain. 


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Nov 03, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 5 Episode 6 - The Laurence Juber Interview: Part Two
57:24

The Laurence Juber Interview: Part Two


As a member of Wings, Laurence Juber is sent off on promotional duties for the mighty Back To The Egg album and the new line-up hits the road for the 1979 Wings U.K. winter tour. Then Wings arrive in two places: Japan, and the 1980s. 


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Oct 28, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 5 Episode 5 - The Laurence Juber Interview: Part One
1:00:16

05E06: The Laurence Juber Interview: Part One


Before he joined Wings in 1978, Laurence Juber was already a musician’s musician. In this first part, he recounts how he brought his formal musical training in college to the busy world of 1970s sessions, and then he crosses paths with Denny Laine and Mike McCartney…


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Oct 26, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 5 Episode 4 - The Concert for Bangladesh: Part Two
1:26:34

The Concert for Bangladesh: Part Two


It’s Monday, July 26th, 1971 and rehearsals start for the George Harrison & Friends gig due to happen the following Sunday. Will Eric get on a plane? Is Bob going to be there? Has Allen cleared everything with the taxman? 


Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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Oct 19, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 5 Episode 3 - The Concert for Bangladesh: Part One
1:04:40

05E03: The Concert for Bangladesh: Part One


In March 1971, the people of what was known as East Pakistan declared their independence as Bangladesh, triggering a liberation war and a humanitarian crisis. Meanwhile, ex-Beatle George Harrison was king of the world with a number one single and album under his belt. How did these two things become forever entwined? Enter Ravi Shankar… 


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Oct 12, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 5 Episode 2 - Side Two of The White Album Part Two
1:13:00

S05E02: Side Two of the White Album: Part Two


Steven & Jason set off on part two of their ascent of the mountain that is the second side of The White Album, starting at the Rocky Racoon Base Camp. 


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Oct 05, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 5 Episode 1 - Side Two of the White Album: Part One
1:23:28

S05E01: Side Two of the White Album: Part One


The White Album is a behemoth, where do you start? How about with side two: The shortest side with the most songs. And when you think about it, shouldn’t it start with Happiness Is A Warm Gun? 


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Sep 28, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 4 Episode 20 - The Great 2021 Let It Be Super Deluxe Edition Reveal
1:02:27

S04 Bonus9: The Great 2021 Let It Be Super Deluxe Edition Reveal


Is Get Back/Let It Be jinxed? Shifting tracklists, various producers, repeatedly delayed, we now finally have eyes on what the 2021 Let It Be box set is going to be. Finally, you can sit back and listen to the rooftop gig in the comfort of your own home. Wait, what? 


Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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Aug 25, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season Episode 12 - A Hard Day’s Night - The Album: Part Two
1:02:12

S04E12: A Hard Day’s Night - The Album: Part Two


At the start of April 1964, The Beatles are halfway through a movie and an album without a title. By the end of the month, with A Hard Day’s Night (the movie and the song) in the can, there’s still an album to finish. So no better time to take a massive holiday.


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Jun 01, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 4 Episode 11 - A Hard Day’s Night - The Album: Part One
1:05:57

S04E11: A Hard Day’s Night - The Album: Part One


In December 1963 The Beatles knew that they would be making a movie with a soundtrack in 1964. What they didn’t know was that it would be happening off the back of breaking through in America and touring the world. It was from all this that the only fully Lennon/McCartney Beatles album was born.  


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May 25, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season Episode 10 -Paul & Linda McCartney’s RAM - Part Two
1:10:51

S04E10: Paul & Linda McCartney’s RAM - Part Two


On 31st December 1970, midway through recording RAM, Paul McCartney issues proceedings against John, George & Ringo to legally dissolve the Beatles. Then he flies to London to give his testimony. Will RAM ever get finished? 


Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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May 18, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 4 Bonus Episode - Ram On Interview with Fernando Perdomo & Denny Seiwell
39:14

S04 Bonus: Ram On Interview with Fernando Perdomo & Denny Seiwell


May 2021 is the 50th anniversary of RAM and to celebrate, original RAM drummer Denny Seiwell and multi-instrumentalist & Producer Fernando Perdomo are putting out Ram On: The 50th Anniversary Tribute to Paul & Linda McCartney’s Ram. They joined Steve & Jason from LA to talk about the project. 


Live on tape from Dublin, Belfast & Los Angeles, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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May 13, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 4 Episode 9 - Paul & Linda McCartney’s RAM - Part One
1:24:26

S04E09: Paul & Linda McCartney’s RAM - Part One


It’s October 1970: John & George are in the U.K. is making Plastic Ono Band & All Things Must Pass. Against the tide, Mr & Mrs McCartney head to NYC to knock some new music into shape where they audition musicians. And lawyers. 


Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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May 11, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 4 Episode 8 - The Traveling Wilburys - Part Three
1:21:53

S04E08: The Traveling Wilburys - Part Three*


Handle With Care was the proof of concept, so the obvious next step was a whole album from the Traveling Wilburys. After its huge success, what could possibly go wrong?


(*Two)


Live on tape from Amsterdam & Montreal, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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May 04, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 4 - Episode 7 - The Traveling Wilburys - Part One
1:09:22

S04E07: The Traveling Wilburys - Part One


In 1988 an album appeared from the super-est of supergroups. The legend is that the group happened by accident. The truth is that its resident Beatle had spent a lot of time and energy willing it to happen.  


Live on tape from Tallahassee & Madrid, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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Apr 27, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 4 Episode 6 - Harry Nilsson & The Beatles
1:33:06

S04E06: Harry Nilsson & The Beatles 


Harry Nilsson was unique. An American singer and songwriter whose talent and love of the Beatles brought him directly into their universe. As soon as he transitioned from fan to friend, it became impossible to separate his story from John, Paul, George, and Ringo. 


Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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Apr 20, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 4 Episode 5 - The Ballad of The Ballad of John & Yoko - Part Two
1:12:56

S04E05: The Ballad of The Ballad of John & Yoko, Part Two


John & Yoko caught the early plane back to London at the end of their honeymoon, but they were still explaining themselves. So why not do it through song? 

Enter newlywed number two: Paul McCartney.  


Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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Apr 13, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 4 Episode 4 - The Ballad of The Ballad of John & Yoko, Part One
1:03:23

S04E04: The Ballad of The Ballad of John & Yoko, Part One


In March 1969 John & Yoko were standing at the dock in Southampton about to set off on a life-changing odyssey. When it’s all over, what else is there to do but write a hit? The song that arrives is The Ballad of John & Yoko, their last stand-alone single, and last number one (sort of). 


Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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Apr 06, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 4 - Episode 3 - From Me To You
1:10:53

In February 1963 The Beatles were ascendant: their second single enters the top ten, they have an album ready to come out, and they are touring in a bus with Helen Shapiro & Kenny Lynch. What else is there to do but write a hit? The song that arrives is From Me To You, their first stand-alone single, and first number one (sort of). 


Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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Mar 30, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 4 Episode 2 - The Ed Sullivan Shows - Part Two
1:14:38

S04E02: The Ed Sullivan Shows - Part Two


The Beatles landed in New York on 7th February, with 3,000 fans at the airport and a single at number one in the US charts. They were about to perform to the largest tv audience in history. After that, it was all sunshine and palm trees. And BTS. 


Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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Mar 24, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 4 Episode 1 - The Ed Sullivan Shows - Part One
58:53

S04E01: The Ed Sullivan Shows - Part One


On February 9th 1964, The Beatles took to the stage of CBS Studio 50 as the headliners of that week’s Ed Sullivan Show. The legend of that broadcast has overtaken how it came to pass - a mixture of perseverance, timing, and good luck.


Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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Mar 17, 2021
Nothing Is Real - Season 3 Episode 13 - Review of 2020
1:55:27

S03E13: The Nothing Is Real Review of 2020


Steven and Jason closeout 2020 with a review of all Beatle activity from the year which began with everyone expecting one thing (the Get Back movie) but ended up with everyone getting something else entirely (the McCartney III album). Plus Producer Ado is back with listener Q&As.


Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. 


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Dec 25, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 3 Bonus Episode - McCartney III
47:37

S03 Bonus Episode: McCartney III


Today is the day that Paul McCartney releases McCartney III the album that’s been “Made in Rockdown”. Steven & Jason have stayed up late to reveal their initial impressions of the album and walk through it, track by track. 


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Dec 18, 2020
Nothing is Real - Season 3 Episode 11 - The Beatles at Christmas: The 1970s - Part One
1:03:45

S03E11: The Beatles at Christmas: The 1970s - Part One


The first Christmas of the seventies had the world dealing with its first post-Beatles festive season. Going through this solo decade, each Christmas provides a snapshot of how things evolved. This first part goes from 1970 when All Things Must Pass is number one, to 1973 when an album called Band on the Run appears. 


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Dec 16, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 3 Episode 10 - All Things Must Pass at 50 Part 3: The Album
1:51:06

S03E10: All Things Must Pass at 50 Part 3 : The Album


On 27th November 1970, George Harrison released All Things Must Pass: Three records, 23 tracks and 106 minutes of music, it was a culmination of his life’s work to date. He was 27 years old.  


What stories lurk inside that 12 inch box? Steven and Jason break it down, track-by-track. 


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Dec 09, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 3 Episode 9 - All Things Must Pass at 50 Part 2 : My Sweet Lord
1:04:05

S03E09: All Things Must Pass at 50 Part 2 : My Sweet Lord


At the end of 1970 the debut single from George Harrison announced a very different world from the colourful 1960s that the Beatles had soundtracked. Its popularity and influence was immense, and defined how the All Things Must Pass album was received.  


However, after the song left the charts, it spent the rest of the decade in the courts.


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Dec 02, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 3 Episode 8 - All Things Must Pass at 50 Part 1 : The Road to ATMP
1:08:10

S03E08: All Things Must Pass at 50 Part 1 : The Road to ATMP


In May 1970, George Harrison succumbed to the inevitable and started putting together his debut solo album. He started by recording demos of the songs he had been stockpiling as a Beatle. What was the path that took him from his first composition, Don’t Bother Me in 1963, to this point?


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Nov 25, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 3 Episode 7 - The Films of Ringo Starr, or, Ringo Movie Starr
1:27:16

S03E07: The Films of Ringo Starr, or, Ringo Movie Starr


After the Beatles first film, A Hard Day’s Night, came out in 1964, the general consensus was that Ringo was destined for the silver screen - all he had to do was act naturally.  


Between 1968 and 1981 he made a collection of movies that managed to prove that everyone right, and also wrong. 


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Nov 18, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 3 Episode 6 - McCartney
1:30:46

McCartney, the debut album from Paul McCartney, came out in April 1970 just as the headlines announced that he had quit The Beatles. At what point did this album become a solo declaration of intent? At what point did it even become an album? What does Elaine Paige have to do with anything?


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Nov 11, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 3 Episode 5 - The Kevin Godley Interview
1:41:39

S03E05: The Kevin Godley Interview


Kevin Godley left art school in 1968 and headed straight to the Beatles’ Apple Corp to pitch a musical with his partner Lol Creme. So began a career that would often overlap with the Beatles, culminating with being chosen to direct the Real Love video in 1995. In 2020 he’s as creative as ever, and is about to release his debut solo album, Muscle Memory. 


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Nov 04, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 3 Episode 4 - Anthology Part 3
1:15:48

S03E04: The Anthology at 25 - Part 3 - The Aftermath


In November 1995 The Beatles Anthology was born into the world in record stores and on tv screens. In the aftermath of its release were the Beatles back together, or had they spilt up again, or was it something in between? 


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Oct 28, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 3 Episode 3 - Revolution, Part 2
57:51

S03E03: Revolution - Part Two


Once the Beatles had recorded the song that would become known as Revolution 1, they were only getting started. Revolution 9 is crafted from in-studio jamming, and with the usual need for a single looming, John sets out to record the song again from scratch. 


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Oct 20, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 3 Episode 2 - Revolution, Part One
1:01:55

In 1968 the world was in a tumultuous state while The Beatles remained the biggest band in the world What would they have to say about it all? In the Indian foothills, John Lennon crafted a response.  


The only problem was figuring out how to present the song to the world. 


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Oct 13, 2020
Everything Is Real - Bonus Episode: Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band
33:35

S03 Bonus Episode: Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band


In December 1970, Yoko Ono began a run of remarkable albums by releasing Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band. Mostly recorded on one evening in October, it’s an album that remains out of time. 


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Oct 07, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 3 Episode 1 - John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band
1:26:56

S03E01: John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band


In December 1969 John Lennon was feted as one of the men of the decade. One year later in December 1970, he released John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, his stark and confrontational solo debut. 


How did he get through those 12 months and how did this album Come Together? Well Well Well Hold On because Steven & Jason Found Out. 


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Oct 06, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 2 Episode 12 - Beatles For Sale
1:23:13

S02E12: Beatles For Sale


The Beatles fourth album from December 1964 didn’t even get a proper release in the USA, and for the longest time has been treated as the runt of the litter. It is an essential album from a group who in a year had become the most famous people in the world; an album born from touring the world and meeting Bob Dylan. It’s time to listen to it again. 


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Aug 25, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 2 Episode 11 - The Beatles Anthology at 25 - The Making Of, 1992-1995
1:17:55

S02E11: The Beatles Anthology at 25 - The Making Of, 1992-1995


After 25 year long & winding road of The Long & Winding Road documentary, The Beatles Anthology starts to become a real thing at the end of 1992. But there are mountains to climb, decisions to be made, egos to soothe... this long & winding road remains a bumpy one.  


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Aug 18, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 2 Episode 10 - 1974 Part 2
1:27:02

S02E10: 1974 - Part Two


The second half of 1974 and it’s all go for the Fab Four: George starts a label, Ringo starts a label, John sees a UFO, and Paul’s drummer breaks his foot practising karate. As a group, are they are moving back together, or further apart? 


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Aug 11, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 2 Episode 9 - 1974 Part 1
50:58

S02E09: 1974 - Part One


At the end of 1973, the stage was set for a year of Beatle activity. The Ringo album had shown a way for the Fab Four to work together, and a little record called Band On The Run came out. John & Paul were communicating again, and George is going out on the road. What could possibly go wrong..?


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Aug 04, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 2 Episode 8 - Fifth Beatles
54:23

S02E08: Fifth Beatles


There have been many claims to the title of Fifth Beatle since the phrase first appeared in 1964. Is it possible to define what it means and who is the most deserving of the accolade? Can there really be only one true Fifth Beatle? Did the Fab Four themselves ever agree on the true Fifth Fab?


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Jul 28, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 2 - Episode 7 - Sgt Pepper Part 2
56:37

S02E07: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - Part Two


Once the Beatles had Sgt Pepper recorded, the album still had to be delivered to the outside world. The album appeared all over the world at the perfect time, in the perfect sleeve. For 53 years the question has been: Is Sgt Pepper perfect? The answer...


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Jul 21, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 2 Episode 6 - Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Part 1
52:43

S02E06: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - Part One


When the Beatles put out their eighth album in May 1967, the consensus was that nobody needed to release any more records ever - it was just that good. In this episode, the first of two parts, Steven & Jason look at how the album came together.


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Jul 14, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 2 Episode 5 - Ringo: The Album
1:05:53

S02E05: Ringo: The Album


In 1973, Ringo gave the people what they wanted: an album that featured the Fab Four, just not all necessarily playing on the same song at the same time. Ringo (the album) is the manifestation of everything Ringo (The Beatle) does best. Hugely successful at the time, it looked like the dawn of a new era ...


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Jul 07, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 2 Episode 4 - The Robyn Hitchcock Interview
57:43

S02E04: The Robyn Hitchcock Interview


Robyn Hitchcock is an acclaimed English singer-songwriter whose work demonstrates a singular talent which is infused with influences, including our beloved Beatles. When he visited Dublin in January 2020 he sat down with Steven & Jason for a chat.


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Jun 30, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 2 Episode 3 - Paperback Writers 2: More Beatle Books
52:26

S02E03: Paperback Writers 2: More Beatle Books


It’s been a year since we looked at books about the Beatles, and still there’s a lot more to talk about. What’s new; what’s coming soon; what did we forget to mention last year; books about people who were about the Beatles; and of course, the books to avoid.


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Jun 23, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 2 Episode 2 - Early 1968
57:52

Only seven weeks separated the television premiere of Magical Mystery Tour on Boxing Day 1967 and the Beatles decamping to India in February 1968. In those weeks we got to see the group work one last time as a unified Fab Four: The four-headed monster equally able to record a movie came and knock-out a song a day in Abbey Road.


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Jun 17, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Season 2 Episode 1 - The Road to Anthology
50:48

By the time The Beatles Anthology finally appeared in 1995, it had taken over 25 years to produce. To celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020, Nothing Is Real will have a few episodes scattered throughout the series that will look at the project through the lens of the last quarter-century.


In this episode Steven and Jason navigate the years from 1968, when the idea arose through to 1992 when the cameras started rolling.


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Jun 10, 2020
Nothing Is Real - Episode 22 - The Nothing Is Real Review of 2019
1:02:43

Episode 22 - The Nothing Is Real Review of 2019

The last Nothing Is Real for 2019 gives yours hosts Steven & Jason a chance to look back on all the Beatle activity from the previous 12 months. And since it’s also the last episode of season one, Producer Ado is allowed on the microphone to go through Q&As sent in by listeners. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on

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Dec 25, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 21- The Beatles at Christmas, Part Two
1:05:35

Episode 21 - The Beatles at Christmas: Part Two

In the second and final part, Steven and Jason look at the fortunes of the Fab Four at Christmas from 1965 to 1969: Reaching new highs before it all comes crashing down. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real.

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Dec 17, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 20 - The Beatles at Christmas Part 1
41:03

Episode 20 - The Beatles at Christmas: Part One

Christmas is often a time for looking back. Steven and Jason examine the fortunes of the Fab Four at every Christmas in the sixties starting in 1960, when they almost stop being The Beatles, through to 1964 when they have become the biggest global music phenomenon in history. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real.

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Dec 11, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 19 - The Double A-Sides
39:43

Episode 19 - The Double A-Sides

The Beatles invented a lot of things, including the Double A-Side single. Out of the original canon of Beatles singles, four of them were Double A-Sides. Each one was released in different circumstances, with a different view of their history every time. Which one was the best? Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane of course! Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real.

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Dec 03, 2019
Nothing is Real LIVE - Episode 18 Paul v George
1:13:27

“Nothing Is Real is filmed before a live studio audience”

As part of the 2019 Dublin Beatles Festival, Steven & Jason tackle *the* burning question: Paul vs. George. Over six rounds, with a little help from their friends in the crowd, will they emerge with a winner? Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on

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Nov 19, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 17 - 1980 Part Two
59:24

1980 was the year that everything changed. In the second of two parts, Steven and Jason look at how the rest of 1980 unfolded. In May, John Lennon is listening to the radio, semi-retired and without a contract. By November he’s written, recorded and released a brand new album with Yoko. Paul, George, and Ringo are also busy. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on

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Nov 05, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 16 - 1980 Part One
45:10

There were many revolutionary years in the Beatles’ history, but no one year changed everything as much as 1980. In the first of two parts, Steven and Jason look at the state of affairs of the Beatles at the end of 1979 and how the first half of 1980 played out for John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real.

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Oct 29, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 15 - Mark Lewisohn Part 2
1:09:26

Episode 15 - The Mark Lewisohn Interview, Part Two.

Mark Lewisohn is the world’s leading Beatles historian and writer. As every Beatles fan knows, he is also in the middle of the “30 year project” that is All These Years, the definitive Beatles biography. In the second of two parts, Mark talks about working for the Beatles during the Anthology project in the 1990s, and working on All These Years via Benny Hill. He also answers some of Steven & Jason’s random queries. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on Twitter:

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Oct 16, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 14 - The Mark Lewisohn Interview, Part 1
56:18

Mark Lewisohn is the world’s leading Beatles historian and writer. He is currently touring Hornsey Road, an in-depth 2-hour presentation about the Abbey Road album. As every Beatles fan knows, he is also in the middle of the “30-year project” that is All These Years, the definitive Beatles biography. In the first of two parts, Mark talks about Hornsey Road, and how he went from the pen pals section of The Beatles Book to talking himself out of a job as Paul McCartney’s official biographer. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real.

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Oct 08, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 13 - Please Please Me
56:36

Episode 13 - Please Please Me: The Album

The Beatles debut album, Please Please Me, came out in March 1963. Producer George Martin wanted to build on two successful singles, and he needed to figure out how to capture a band that had become a fiercely able live act. What nobody expected was an album that did more to change the long-player than the later, more celebrated, records like Rubber Soul & Sgt.Pepper. Once Please Please Me got to number one on the album charts, The Beatles stayed there for a year, and then after that everything was different. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real.

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Sep 24, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 12 - Other People's Songs About The Beatles
39:15

Episode 12 - Other People’s Songs About The Beatles In 1963

The Beatles very quickly became a cultural phenomenon, and if you’re part of the culture you will be referenced in print, on the screen, and in song. By the end of the year, the very first songs about The Beatles were hitting the charts. Over the years these tracks evolve from novelties to commentaries, to tributes and beyond. Your hosts Steven and Jason take you on fun but far-from-conclusive journey though some of these songs. Warning: Contains Jeff Lynne. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real.

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Sep 10, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 11 - Beatle Compilations
55:07

In December 1966, faced with the prospect of no new Beatles record for Christmas, EMI put out A Collection Of Beatles Oldies, the first Beatles compilation. For many Beatles fans, a compilation was our introduction to the band, but by themselves, these albums tell a story about record contracts, format wars, branding, as well as the enduring popularity of The Beatles. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real.

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Aug 27, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 10 - Abbey Roadtrip
37:52

Episode 10 - Abbey Roadtrip

This episode was recorded inside the legendary Abbey Road Studio, and also outside the studio, in the area known as London.

For 10 days, Abbey Road have opened their doors for a series of lectures allowing Beatle fans into Studio Two to experience the space, learn the history and get a preview of upcoming technologies. There might even be a chance to get to play an actual Beatles piano.

Steven & Jason will also have a look at the upcoming Abbey Road Anniversary Boxset that was announced last week.

Live on a train from London, it’s Nothing Is Real.

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Aug 13, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 9 - I Want To Hold Your Hand
51:56

The Beatles were busy in 1963, and their speciality was not putting a foot wrong. Every stride was greater than the one before, and as the months rolled by they evolved from being successful into a unique phenomenon. This is a podcast about one song. I Want To Hold Your Hand is the portal through which everything changed. How big and successful can one band get? Cometh the hour, cometh the song. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on Twitter: @BeatlesPod Facebook Group: http://tiny.cc/NIRFBG

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Aug 06, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 8 - 1971-73 , Part II Red Rose Speedway
41:23

1972 was the first year in his career that Paul McCartney didn’t put out an album. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t busy: Wings became a live band with tours in the U.K. and Europe; they released a scattering of stand-alone singles; and they worked towards the release of Red Rose Speedway, the second Wings album, which came out in 1973.

There’s so much more to explore: the single album that blossoms as a double album, the contractual obligation tv special, the live film they tried to suppress (due to cartoon mice).

Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real.

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Jul 31, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 7 - Wings 1971-73 Part I
48:31

In 1971, Paul McCartney decided his third post-Beatles album would be as a band, and the band was called Wings. He was 29. Through Wings he would live the fantasy he had suggested to The Beatles when they started the Get Back project in January 1969: be a real band, start from scratch and hit the road.

In December 2018 an 11-disc boxset came out celebrating Wings 1971-73. In this two part episode, Steven and Jason start with the debut album, Wild Life, and guess which one is a fan?

Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real.

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Jul 23, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 6 - Songs The Beatles Wrote About Each Other Part II
43:53

In the second and final part, Steven and Jason look at more songs The Beatles wrote about each other. Starting at the end of 1971, Paul McCartney’s Dear Friend was the first musical peace offering. After the death of John Lennon, these songs evolved into tributes and warm reminiscences.

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Jul 09, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 5 - Songs The Beatles Wrote About Each Other Part I
41:23

As the years went by, and there seemed like there were no worlds left to conquer, The Beatles started to create songs about the subject they knew best: Themselves. Over the years these songs were direct, opaque, angry, conciliatory, happy and sad. Nothing Is Real hosts Steven Cockcroft & Jason Carty trace the lineage of these songs from the Beatle days and into the solo years. Part one of two. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Spotify Playlist: http://tiny.cc/NIR1 Follow us on Twitter: @BeatlesPod Facebook Group: http://tiny.cc/NIRFBG

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Jun 25, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 4 - The Paperback Writers
42:41

Books about the Beatles are a genre onto themselves. In this bonus episode, Nothing Is Real hosts Steven Cockcroft and Jason Carty are here to offer an introductory overview, and maybe help you choose some holiday reading. What’s the best biography? What’s the best book by a Beatle? What’s the book to avoid? Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on Twitter: Facebook Group:

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Jun 18, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 3 - 1970
51:00
On the first weekend of 1970, Paul, George and Ringo went to Abbey Road Studio Two and, with George Martin behind the production desk, cut a new Beatles song: I Me Mine.  The last one.  Then they finished off Let It Be.  And then they were done.     But this session was an outlier.  It had been four months since all four had recorded together, finishing up the Abbey Road album in August 1969.  In this episode Steven Cockcroft & Jason Carty look at the timeline of events and hypothesise about this session - were the Beatles really finished?   Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Follow us on Twitter @BeatlesPod

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Jun 11, 2019
Nothing Is Real - Episode 2 - Magical Mystery Tour
31:45

At the end of 1967, the Magical Mystery Tour came to town, presented by The Beatles as a TV special and novel double EP.  In the USA, the six-song EP was turned into an 11-track album.  Nowadays it’s become an official Beatles album in the canon.  Does this non-Beatles-sanctioned compilation stand up as possibly their best? Was there another album that could have been released in December 1967? Hosts Jason Carty and Steven Cockcroft are coming to take you away. Get in touch. Twitter: @BeatlesPod

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May 28, 2019
Nothing is Real - Episode 1 - Help
39:58

Episode 1 - Help Me If You Can Why is the Beatles Help! album, the home of Yesterday and Ticket to Ride, never spoken about with the same hushed tones as Rubber Soul or Abbey Road? Hosts Jason Carty and Steven Cockcroft think it over.

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May 14, 2019
Nothing Is Real - A Beatles Podcast
16:22

50 years on, the world is still in love with The Beatles. Join Nothing Is Real hosts Jason Carty & Steven Cockroft as they continue the never-ending conversation about the greatest band the world has ever known.  Each episode puts a tiny piece of the Beatles story under the microscope to try and make sense of it all. Coming at you live, on tape, from Dublin. Fortnightly.

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May 05, 2019