AKOM PRESENTS: Pizza and Fairytales A new 4-part series on Lennon & McCartney in the 1970s!
Although the Beatles are effectively broken up by 1970, Lennon and McCartney spend the next decade proving they are anything but disengaged from one other. The magnetic push and pull between these two friends keeps them orbiting each other – sometimes smoothly, sometimes not.
Despite some rocky moments, there is an enduring desire for reunion on both sides, with John and Paul each trying to feel their way toward a mutually agreeable, new kind of partnership.
They continually communicate to each other through song, just as they have since the very beginning. Their songs give voice to feelings of regret, anger, and anguish – as well as yearning, hope, reassurance, and love.
In this series, we’ve dug deep to uncover what happened between them, what happened around them, and why they were ultimately unable to reunite.
In this episode, we discuss the violent incident at Paul’s 21st Birthday andJohn and Brian’s trip to Barcelona.
We use this as a springboard for broader topics, including: how John tends to be unfairly singled out as the only Beatle with a problematic history, the reluctance to look critically at Brian Epstein’s behavior as it pertains to the band, how homophobia curtails discussion of the fallout from the Barcelona tripand the absence of McCartney’s perspective in the reporting of this incident.
Phoebe and Thalia explore these issues, followed by a panel discussion with newest AKOM host, Iris.
What can we learn about Paul McCartney from the female protagonists in his songbook? Phoebe and Thalia discuss several McCartney compositions featuring prominent female characters and identify their central themes.
Sources: “Many Years From Now” by Barry Miles (1997) Interview w/ Allison Anders, Bomb Magazine (1997) Paul McCartney interview w/ Jonathan Wingate Record Collector (2008) “Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road” (2006) “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou (1978) “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (1984) Interview w/ Paul McCartney for Billboard Magazine (2001) Paul McCartney Interview w/ Susan Goldberg for National Geographic (2017)
PLAYLIST: She’s Leaving Home (1967) Jet (1973) Blackbird (1968) Jenny Wren (2005) Working Women at the Top (1991) It’s Not On (1982) Temporary Secretary (1980) Another Day (1971) Penny Lane (1967) Eleanor Rigby (1966) Eleanor’s Dream (1984) Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People (1975) English Tea (2005) Let it Be (1970) Imprisonment, Ocean’s Kingdom (2011) Daytime Nighttime Suffering (1979) Mama’s Little Girl (1973) The World You’re Coming Into (1991) Lady Madonna (1968) For No One (1966)
Paul and Linda McCartney’s RAM, now often referred to by many as the “first indie pop album” had its 50th birthday on May 17, 2021! To commemorate this important milestone anniversary, join Thalia as she gives “An AKOM Toast!” to RAM at 50! Happy #RAMiversary!
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SHOW NOTES under the cut
RAM by Paul and Linda McCartney
Too Many People
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Heart Of The Country
Monkberry Moon Delight
Eat At Home
Long Haired Lady
The Back Seat Of My Car
Part 2: “Indie Pop Medley”
“Prairie Fire the Wanders About” by Sufjan Stevens
“Home Again” by Michael Kiwanuka
“Will Do” by TV on the Radio
“Where Gravity is Dead,” by Laura Veirs
“The Infanta” by the Decemberists
“Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie”
“Eugene” by Arlo Parks
“Suddenly Everything Has Changed” by the Flaming Lips
“Stella Brown” by Jelani Aryeh
“The Breeze” by Dr. Dog
“Golden Days” by Whitney
“Sunrise” by Kenny Elrod
”Let’s Get Lost” by Elliot Smith
“Pass the Hours” by MorMor
“Lord Only Knows” by Beck
Part 3: Covers of RAM by various artists
“Dear Boy” cover by Death Cab for Cutie
“Too Many People” cover by Dave Depper
“The Back Seat of My Car” cover by the Damn Crystals
“Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” cover by Novelty Island
“Ram On” cover by Found Wandering
“Zpívám si jen tak” (Heart of the Country) cover by Martha & Tena
“Ram On” instrumental cover by They Might Be Giants
“Monkberry Moon Delight” cover by Robbers on High Street
“Ram On” cover by R. Stevie Moore