Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Did The Beatles Defeat Communism?

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WOW!! Now, yardbirds, if this is true, then I don't think anybody can dispute the power of rock:

Y'see, the Academy Award-winning director Milos Forman (he directed "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest") said: "It sounds ridiculous but I'm convinced The Beatles are partly responsible for the fall of Communism."

Now, his claim is backed up by Dr. Yury Pelyushonok, a Canadian based Doctor of Soviet Studies in Medicine and author of "Strings For A Beatle Bass" who grew up in the former USSR in the 1960s: "

"The Beatles had this tremendous impact on Soviet kids. The Soviet authorities thought of The Beatles as a secret Cold War weapon," he said. "The kids lost their interest in all Soviet unshakable dogmas and ideals, and stopped thinking of an English speaking person as the enemy."

Forman adds: "That's when the Communists lost two generations of young people ideologically, totally lost. That was an incredible impact."

Rolling Stone Keith Richards suggests that the music of the 1960s played a big part in bringing about the end of Communism: "After those billions of dollars, and living under the threat of doom, what brought it down? Blue jeans and rock 'n' roll."


So ya think you'd like a copy of guitarist Jimmy Page's photo-biography when it comes out?? Well, here are the stats: the 500-page autographed book will have 650 photographs and be limited to 2,500 copies -- probably due to the cost of the big book: a mere $690!!

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame announced their 2010 class of inductees Tuesday (August 31).

Steve Cropper, member of Booker T & the MGs and co-writer of such Stax Records hits as "Green Onions," "Dock Of The Bay," "Knock On Wood" and "In The Midnight Hour", will be joined, posthumously, by Paul Davis, who wrote his own biggest hits, "Sweet Life," "I Go Crazy" and "'65 Love Affair."

Another inductee goes back a bit before the oldies era-- 19th century composer Stephen Foster.


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