A Year With The Beatles

Episode 6 - Rubber Soul

July 2, 2016

In the sixth month of our year with the Beatles, Graeme Burk and Rob Jones are joined by NPR Books editor Petra Mayer in a far-ranging conversation about Rubber Soul that covers everything from the Beatles' sudden spike in maturity in songwriting to just what the ending of "Norwegian Wood" was about to how we reconcile the some of the more unpleasant attitudes toward women in the Beatles' songwriting with modern sensibilities. And then Graeme, Rob and Petra get into it about UK vs. US album releases and whether or not Capitol's choice for first song, "I've Just Seen A Face", was better than the band's choice, "Drive My Car". 

For extra-credit homework, Graeme, Rob and Petra listen and watch the Beatles concert at Shea Stadium in New York in 1965 and ponder what were the great performances amid the noise and how easy was it to see that the four lads would soon do away with touring entirely.