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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. Weekly.


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Nothing Is Real Live 2023 - The Q&A SessionsAt each of the Nothing Is Real live shows in 2023 we had a Q&A session. As a taster for the whole event, here are the sessions for Belfast on October 23rd (Before Now & Then) and Dublin on November 9th (After Now & Then).Live in Person from Belfast & Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.com/X: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Review of 2023

Review of 2023

2023-12-2502:08:19

Review of 2023You boy! What day is it? Ending the year in the NIR log cabin looking back at 2023 - our fifth annual review. Did anything to do with the Beatles happen this year? That’s right, the third anniversary of McCartney III. Oh, and a little tune called Now & Then. Includes a special Christmas guest! Live on tape from Lapland, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.com/X: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame1988 was an unusual time: The biggest Beatle was George, rock stars were dealing with the unthinkable (their forties), people were paying attention to Mike Love, and the rebellion of rock & roll had been replaced by a gentlemen’s club.  Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.com/X: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Live at the Roundhouse - Part TwoIn December 1968, Michael Lindsay-Hogg directed a TV special where the kings of British rock gathered to play their new material. Unfortunately, it was with the Rolling Stones. Whither The Roundhouse? What happened next and what could have happened?Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.com/X: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupport_____________Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Live at the Roundhouse - Part OneAfter filming the Hey Jude promo, and in the midst of recording the White Album, somehow The Beatles decide to eye up a return to the stage in the heart of London. So where should that be, and how will they pull it off?Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.com/X: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In 1991, when so many acts from the 60s were lucratively touring, George Harrison decided to dip his toes in the water. Why? Money. Where? Japan. Who? Clapton. What…could possibly go wrong?Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.com/X: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Press to Play - Part Two

Press to Play - Part Two

2023-11-2201:15:371

The plan for a quick live-in-the-studio album gradually morphs into something more 80s, more produced. Hello to Hugh Padgham. Warning: Contains Spies Like Us. Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.comX: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Press To Play

Press To Play

2023-11-1501:00:15

Or….Press to PlayAfter the huge success* of Give My Regards to Broad Street, Paul McCartney wants to get back to basics. Kicking back in a small band with Eric (not that one) this is a broth that attracts many cooks…Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.comX: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
November 63 - Part Two

November 63 - Part Two

2023-11-0843:14

November 63 - Part TwoAs the Beatles move through the month, beyond the Royal Variety Performance they continue to pack houses up and down the UK. What recordings are waiting in the wings? I Want To Hold Your Hand and With The Beatles. Not too shabby. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.comX: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
November 63 - Part One

November 63 - Part One

2023-11-0159:192

Between October 31st and December 1st 1963, the Beatles pushed the envelope from being the biggest pop group in the country to something even… bigger. In a year when they just kept getting more extraordinary, by the end of November 63, the world was theirs for the taking. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.comX: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Harrison/Starkey

Harrison/Starkey

2023-10-2401:08:591

Harrison/StarkeyGeorge and Ringo always had a special bond. As the sixties became the seventies, was there an opportunity for the Beatles to give the world a second magnificent song-writing partnership?Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.comX: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Bonus Episode!Talking Mal Evans with Ken WomackKenneth Womack is a writer, historian, and critic, who has written some of the best books about The Beatles and their inner circle. To this list, he is about to add Living The Beatles Legend, The Untold Story of Mal Evans, the first of two books about big Mal, which comes out in November 2023.  Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast & New Jersey, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.comX: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Mal Evans

Mal Evans

2023-10-1701:26:09

Mal EvansMal Evans had a front-row seat to the entire Beatles experience, and the Beatles were happy to have him there. Whether it was as an extra in A Hard Day’s Night or co-writing a song on the Ringo album, he remains an indelible part of their landscape. Contains anvils. Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.comX: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Bigger Than Jesus - Part TwoFour months passed between John Lennon free-associating about Christianity to a trusted journalist, and touching down in the US for a North American tour. The “Bigger Than Jesus” controversy hung over the tour, but was it really that big of a deal? Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: http://www.nothingisrealpod.comX: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Bigger Than Jesus - Part OneJohn Lennon never actually said that the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus”, but that wasn’t the point. When you’re free-associating to a trusted journalist, what’s to stop your words being lost in translation as they cross the Atlantic? Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: nothingisrealpod.com/X: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: tiny.cc/NIRYTSupport: tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Welcome to Season EightFull steam ahead for the eighth(!) season of Nothing is Real. We need to tell you about live shows, the new season, the world’s most difficult Beatles quiz, and ask the burning question of “Where’s that new Beatles single?”Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: http://www.nothingisrealpod.comX: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: http://tiny.cc/NIRFBGMastodon: @nothingisreal@mastodon.ieInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/beatlespod/YouTube: http://tiny.cc/NIRYT Support: http://tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
S07 Bonus: STINYC Live Jam Jason MixThe Fillmore tapes have been remixed and repurposed, so in telling the tale, let’s do some remixing and repurposing…Live on tape from Dublin, Belfast, The Fillmore, and The Lyceum, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: http://www.nothingisrealpod.comTwitter: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: http://tiny.cc/NIRFBGYouTube: http://tiny.cc/NIRYT Support: http://tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Stuart Sutcliffe - Part TwoAs a group, the Beatles were changed by Hamburg. Individually each Beatle got something different from their time in the city and it would shape the rest of their lives …and for Stuart it was Astrid and art. Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: http://www.nothingisrealpod.comTwitter: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: http://tiny.cc/NIRFBGYouTube: http://tiny.cc/NIRYT Support: http://tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Stuart Sutcliffe - Part OneStuart Sutcliffe was the star pupil at the Liverpool College of Art, and also John Lennon’s flatmate. By becoming a Beatle, he demonstrated that the band was a state of mind. To be a Beatle was to be something…other. Then they got the call up for Hamburg.Live on tape from Dublin, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: http://www.nothingisrealpod.comTwitter: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: http://tiny.cc/NIRFBGYouTube: http://tiny.cc/NIRYT Support: http://tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Stop & Smell The RosesWhen work began on Ringo’s eighth album in May 1980, the outlook was good. John, Paul and George came on board to contribute, trying to rekindle the magic of 1973’s Ringo album. By the time the album came out at the end of 1981, it was a different world. Live on tape from Dublin & Belfast, it’s Nothing Is Real. Website: http://www.nothingisrealpod.comTwitter: @BeatlesPodFacebook Group: http://tiny.cc/NIRFBGYouTube: http://tiny.cc/NIRYT Support: http://tiny.cc/NIRsupportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/nothing-is-real-a-beatles-podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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D C

And again, 5 months is a while between drinks! Let's have some new cast!

Nov 18th
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Matt Melia

Bit sniffy about Help here lads! That its a transitional album is not a fault rather part of its importance. Its a key stepping stone between the pop sensibility of the first albums and the experimentalism over what was to come next. Helped as you say, by the Dylan influence, its a very different sounding album (not sure about your constant references to this and HSN as soundtracks - they are also albums in their own right). Its also the album where all their individual voices start to more clearly emerge. There is some good stuff from track 8 onwards, I've Just Seen a Face is really good song that always, for me, calls to mind Simon and Garfunkek.

Sep 27th
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Michael Daly

great podcast! some might say that the Beatles podcast field is a crowded one but the humour and tone of this really won me over. the overall pitch is perfect-not too dry, not too trivial, hits the sweet spot. here's to more in 2020!

May 21st
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Edie H

when are you back?

Feb 27th
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Edie H

when are you coming back?:)

Feb 27th
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D C

Ok easing into it. Nothing new here, not the greatest start but entertaining nonetheless. Other eps are better

Jan 28th
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