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The 1966/67 Series begins with a deep dive into the Maureen Cleave interviews—which were done for the Evening Standard in March 1966. Titled "How Does A Beatle Live" these exceptional profiles provide us with a rare glimpse into the world of the Beatles at a time when they were riding high! Episode one explores her piece on Ringo Starr.  Diana is joined by OSD regular Dr. Duncan Driver for this exploration.Support the show
In part two of this Get Back Series episode with Martin Carr,  Martin and Diana discuss the dynamics of the Lennon and McCartney relationship around this period. Martin Carr the show
In this two-part episode, Martin and Diana discuss the intricacies of the Get Back film with special emphasis on the dynamics between Lennon and McCartney at this time. This is part one.Martin Carr the show
In the next installment of the Hidden Gems and Unsung Masterpieces Series, Diana is joined by brilliant singer/songwriter/ film and TV composer Michael Penn to discuss the songs that make his list. Follow Michael Penn: @MPennSupport the show
In part two, we continue to go through Brian O'Connor and Simon Barber's lists of hidden gems and unsung masterpieces.  We look at early Beatles songs and late day solo Beatles music through a new lens, highlighting their greatness. Check out Brian and Simon's podcast here: The Breakup Series episodes mentioned: With Duncan Driver Through Me Cover:  Madison Cunningham the show
Brian O'Connor and Simon Barber join Diana for the kickoff of a new series: Hidden Gems and Unsung Masterpieces, which, like the podcast itself,  aims to revisit songs through a new lens. This series provides the opportunity for guests to advocate for any Beatles-related song. This is part one with Brian and Simon — each of whom brought six songs to discuss. Part 2 will include the second half of their lists.Check out Brian and Simon's podcast here: Viola's version of Dear Boy (with Tim Christensen and the Damn Crystals, Tracy Bonham) the show
In this episode, Diana talks to Joe Hagan, author of the brilliant Jann Wenner biography Sticky Fingers, and host of  Vanity Fair's podcast: Inside The Hive. We discuss Joe's experience writing the biography, his insight into the relationship between Wenner, Ono, and Lennon, and the impact of Wenner's partisanship on the Beatles narrative. We also discuss Joe's newfound appreciation of the early solo works by the individual Beatles — as well as his hot take on Wings. the show
In part 3 of our deep dive into Get Back, Jonathan Skovron and I discuss the following: The India scene,  Klein, the rooftop performance, the Peter Sellers scene, the hypothetical Beatles collective—and we again return to George Harrison walking out, Yoko, and of course, the Lennon/McCartney partnership.The majority of this episode was recorded in December 2021.About Jonathan Skovron:Jonathanskovron.bandcamp.com to Romane Cameron for the artwork! the show
In part two of this deep dive into Peter Jackson's Get Back film, Jonathan Skovron and I discuss the trajectory and momentum of the project,  the impact of Billy Preston, the secret lunchroom scene, leadership, George Harrison's walkout, the musical conversation between Lennon/McCartney and the musicianship of the group as a whole.  In the next episode—part three,  we cover the Peter Sellers scene, the hypothetical Beatles collective concept, the independent album concept,  the India scene — and we return to George Harrison walking out, Yoko's presence, and the Lennon McCartney relationship.This interview was recorded in early December 2021.About Jonathan Skovron:Jonathanskovron.bandcamp.com to Romane Cameron for the artwork! the show
This Deep Dive into the Get Back film was recorded on multiple occasions with musician Jonathan Skovron, resulting in the OSD Deep Dive Trilogy!Peter Jackson would be proud! In part 1, we explore Jackson's narrative choices, the Lennon and McCartney dynamics,  George's predicament in the band, the working relationship between the men, and the impact of Yoko's presence.In Part 2, we cover the trajectory of the project, Billy Preston, the secret lunchroom scene, leadership, the musical conversation between L/M, and George Harrison's walkout.In Part 3,  we cover the Peter Sellers scene, the hypothetical Beatles collective concept, the independent album concept,  the India scene — and also always, we returned to the George Harrison walking,  Yoko, and the Lennon McCartney relationship. About Jonathan SkovronJonathanskovron.bandcamp.com the show
The Get Back Series kicks off with a recap of the events of '67 & '68—as discussed in the Breakup Series—a primer for the series, and is followed by a roundtable discussion about the Get Back film with Dr. Paul Thompson and Dan Rivkin. Paul Thompson: Rivkin: References: The Nagra Tapes to Tanya Clarke, as always.Support the show
The OSD Get Back Series continues with an episode that was recorded before the Get Back Documentary Series was fully available to the public.  Journalist, broadcaster, and author Pete Paphides screened and reviewed the documentary for the Evening Standard prior to its general release, and we discussed his impressions of the film.Pete's review of Get Back:'s memoir, Broken Greek: to Tanya Clarke, as always!Support the show
The Get Back Series continues with a conversation with musician Aimee Mann. We discuss Aimee's impressions of the film and her observations of the band's dynamics — drawing on her experiences working in bands, collaborations, and as a solo artist. Follow Aimee at @realaimeemannAimee Mann music referenced: Queens of the Summer Hotel: "Burn It Out" and "In Mexico"The Magnolia Soundtrack: "Save Me" Mental Illness: "Goose Snow Cone"I Am Sam (music from and inspired by the motion picture): "Two Of Us" with Michael PennSupport the show
In this episode, Diana and comedian/Beatles aficionado Tim Heidecker explore some key Beatles themes.  Tim Heidecker is a comedian, writer, musician, podcaster, actor, and half of the comedy duo Tim and Eric. He co-hosts a parody film review web series called, On Cinema and is the host of the podcast, Office Hours Live With Tim Heidecker. the show
In episode 2, Diana and Dr. Duncan Driver dive into the headlines surrounding John's divorce statement yet again—this time questioning whether John was as "gleeful" about quitting The Beatles as the media would suggest.  Fortunately, John gave an interview three days after the infamous Divorce meeting, shedding light on John's state of mind. In this episode, we explore what John communicated.. Support the show
A deep dive into McCartney's obsession with the Beatles' divorce story. Diana and Dr. Duncan Driver discuss Paul's obsessive need to promote the "John asked for the divorce" storyline, simplifying a complex subject down to a soundbite. They explore the reasons McCartney might be so attached to this idea and it's impact. Support the show
In 1986 Chris Salewicz interviewed Paul McCartney for Q magazine and recorded the conversation for reference. Since then Salewicz's personal recording has made its way to YouTube.  This interview is notable because it captures McCartney in a refreshingly open and candid mood, where he was very forthcoming about his thoughts on the Beatles, John Lennon,  Yoko Ono, George Harrison, and his treatment in the press.  Unfortunately, since the audio was never meant to see the light of day, the audio is substandard and distracting.  Chris and I often reference this interview in episode #15 ("McCartney as Artist: A Conversation with Chris Salewicz)  so I have cleaned it up and included it as a companion piece to that episode. Audio restoration/clean-up done by Ben Jousselin: Ben.jousselin@gmail.comSupport the show (
Diana and Chris Salewicz discuss Paul McCartney the man and the artist.  They explore his defining traits and what people get wrong about him, and they also talk about Chris's epic 1986 interview with Paul — one of Paul's most candid interviews ever.  Updated Audio!Support the show
A conversation with Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, about creative partnerships.  Diana and Joshua discuss the Lennon/McCartney partnership, and how they exemplify and light up so many of the core tenets of creative pairings.Support the show
In this episode, Diana explores Paul McCartney's artistry and creative process with  Phillip McIntyre and Paul Thompson, authors of the upcoming book “Paul and His Creative Practice. The Beatles and Beyond.”  Phillip, Paul, and Diana have a  wide-ranging discussion that covers topics such as flow state,  collaboration,  Crocodile Dundee, and how Paul McCartney is just like James Bond.   A link to their book:  “Paul and His Creative Practice. The Beatles and Beyond.”Phillip and Paul's  list of recommended/ representative McCartney songs:Phillip's List of Songs:Yesterday: A very real classic of Western songwriting which is to be to be honored as such.‘Paperback Writer’: Not only a great set of lyrics but the guitar part also looks ahead to the playing on ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ t!!‘Rain/Taxman/And Your Bird Can Sing/I’m Only Sleeping’: If you want to hear why McCartney is one the pioneers of the electric bass listen to this much-imitated golden period.‘Back in the USSR’: This is a great demonstration of how McCartney plays drums.‘You Never Give Me Your Number/Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End’: Put these together in a playlist and you get a very good sense of what George Martin asked them to do with this album.‘Maybe I’m Amazed’: It is so hard to pull this trick off and he does it in spades here. Every note, every part, does exactly what it should do and he played it all. The Mind boggles. Amazing!  ‘Back Seat of My Car: A singer’s singer right there!‘Listen to What the Man Said’: Just listen to the harmonies.‘Hey Diddle’: Relaxed, simple, and loads of fun just like ‘Dance Tonight’. He keeps throwing them away. ‘Warm and Beautiful’ is An understated and underrated hymn.Paul's ListYou Never Give Me Your Money: Quite simply, this is my favorite McCartney song; his voice right at the end is just incredible. Drive My Car: McCartney's voice at its best.1985: Killer piano, killer voice!On My Way to Work: Love the arrangement(I want to) Come Home: A beautiful arrangement and an example that showcases Paul's aging voice.Support the show
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