The Beatles iTunes partnership should bring joy to your Beatles-loving heart.
The first time I really came aware of The Beatles long-lasting cultural influence was from a punk fanzine, of all places. I can’t recall the name of the black-and-white, staple-bound zine, but I recall the article clearly: “Is There Anyone in the World That Doesn’t Love The Beatles?”
The author went on to declare his hatred for The Beatles, mainly for their peace-love message and Paul’s cheesy songwriting. The only thing he liked about them was the fact they did lots of drugs.
It was a popular trend for punk rockers to disown their forebears, which, at 12 years old, I learned from the Screeching Weasel song, “I Hate Led Zeppelin.” As a result, I didn’t listen to The Beatles for years, much to my loss.
Today’s Apple announcement shouldn’t mean much to me. I already own all the Beatles albums have them in iTunes, and really can’t find any reason to purchase their whole catalog again for $150, what with the recession and all. Yet, I feel like it’s going to happen. I am going to have a few beers one night, sit down on iTunes, and purchase the whole thing, because, like millions of others, I am drawn to all things Beatles, no matter how silly or repetitive.
Are there more people like me? You bet. In fact, EMI is banking on it.