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A fresh take on the music, people, and narrative of the Beatles. Diana Erickson is joined by a core group of contributors to discuss the Beatles through a new lens. The Beatles story has evolved.
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This is a multi-part episode that celebrates Paul and Linda McCartney's brilliant and influential album RAM. In part one,  Diana talks to Eirik "The Norwegian" Wangberg, the engineer that spent two months alone in a studio with Paul McCartney during the making of RAM.  Wangberg's access put him in a unique position as observer and collaborator and he not only paints a vivid picture of Paul and Linda at that time but he provides additional dimension to Paul as an artist.  Few people have the ability to provide this kind of insight given the insularity of Paul and Linda McCartney in 1971 so it was a treat to speak to the charming Norwegian.  Wangberg was also able to comment on the creation of the album itself as he wore many hats in its construction, ultimately selecting,  sequencing, and mixing the songs on RAM. 
Diana and Historian Erin Torkelson Weber discuss the Fab 4 Myth: How it was constructed, its accuracy, and how the Beatles tried to break free of it. They explore the importance of Cleave interviews and the Hunter Davies official biography as attempts to escape the constraints of their image. This conversation is based on the ideas contained in Erin Torkelson Weber's book: Beatles and the Historians: An Analysis of Writings about the Fab Four.Please check out Erin's book and her blog:https://beatlebioreview.wordpress.com/reviews-for-the-beatles-and-the-historians/
Ray Connolly is a British journalist and writer. Ray is a true insider, someone who was so deeply involved with the Beatles that he almost is a character in their story. Ray also spent significant time with the Lennons from 1968 until 1980.Ray has the distinction of having been friendly with both Lennon and McCartney—at one point even delivering messages between them when they could not talk to each other.  In this episode, Diana and Ray discuss a number of topics including Lennon/Ono's relationship, The Breakup, Paul and Linda McCartney, The Lost Weekend, and the Lennon/McCartney partnership. Ray is the author of many books including Being John Lennon: A Restless Life,  The Ray Connolly Beatles Archive, and Sorry, Boys, You Failed The Audition. Most recently he wrote a radio play call Devoted, about his experience with Covid. DEVOTED: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000td1bhttps://www.rayconnolly.co.uk/books/
Diana and Phoebe discuss the infamous September 20th "divorce" meeting where John Lennon declared he wanted a divorce from the Beatles.  We examine the various recollections of the meeting from both Lennon and McCartney's perspectives in an effort to understand what actually transpired between them, how they each viewed the meeting, and how they spun the story afterward. We debate whether John's declaration was reactionary, a true cry of emancipation, a strategic move that required a countermove, or even whether this truly was the end of the Beatles. After 10 episodes of backstory, we have arrived at the divorce meeting. Please check us out:Phoebe Lorde Another Kind of Mind Podcast: (https://anotherkindofmind.com/); Twitter: @akompodcast; Phoebe Lorde: @akompod, @akompodcast@gmail.comDiana Erickson (here):Onesweetdreampodcast.com; Twitter: Diana: @onesweetdreamdi onesweetdreampodcast@gmail.comOnesweetdreampodcast.com; 
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.com
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!
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.
“The two guys as friends, there was never a time when they wouldn’t have fought for the other guy, so, you know, they wrote songs about it, you know John would just write Instant Karma and Paul would write a song back at him. And that’s how they fought. Writing songs at each other.” — Alice CooperIn the first installment of the Song Series, Diana and Dr. Duncan Driver analyze the meaning of the song Instant Karma. Could there be more to the song than a surface-level reading? Could it provide more insight into the breakup period?  Diana and Duncan make the case that it does. 
In this TWO PART episode, we focus on Paul's McCartney in September 1969.  In PART 2 we examine how McCartney has been portrayed in the Beatles story and pressure test this characterization.  We do this by considering what may have been going on with Paul at this time — as well as how he may have come across to the others in the band, while also attempting to accurately portray his value and power as an artist at this time.Diana EricksonOnesweetdreampodcast.comEmail: Onesweetdreampodcast@gmail.comTwitter: @onesweetdreamdi----Phoebe LordeAnotherkindofmind.comTwitter: @akompod or @akompodcast
In this TWO PART episode, we will track McCartney over the ten days leading up to the September 20th meeting — as we did for Lennon.In PART ONE we discuss Paul’s BBC interview and the impact on the situation when they lose Northern Songs. We unpack Paul’s interview —one of only a handful he gave that year—and examine what he was actually communicating. This is important because far too often thoughts, feelings, and motivations are projected onto Paul based on post-narrative spin rather than his own contemporaneous words.In part 2 we talk about how Paul is framed in the story, and pressure test this characterization.  We also try to see the story from both Paul’s perspective and from those around him. Onesweetdreampodcast.comOnesweetdreampodcast@gmail.com@onesweetdreamdiAnotherkindofmind.com@akompodcast@akompod
John's decision to quit the band is portrayed as a foregone conclusion but we don't think it was. In episode 9 of the Break-up Series, we track John Lennon's roller coaster of highs and lows during the critical 10-day period before the infamous Divorce Meeting on September 20th.Diana EricksonOnesweetdreampodcast.comEmail: Onesweetdreampodcast@gmail.comTwitter: @onesweetdreamdi----Phoebe LordeAnotherkindofmind.comTwitter: @akompod or @akompodcast
In this episode, Diana and Phoebe explore the events, meetings, maneuvers, and negotiations that took place during the first half of September 1969. They trace how things start to escalate and go off the tracks following the relative harmony of the Abbey Road sessions. Covered in this episode are John and Yoko’s cold turkey experience, Mary McCartney’s birth, The Isle of Wight festival, the 4/4/4/2 meeting, and the “myth” of Lennon/McCartney.Please check out:Another Kind of Mind Podcast: (https://anotherkindofmind.com/); Twitter: @akompodcast; Phoebe Lorde: @akompod, @akompodcast@gmail.comOnesweetdreampodcast.com; Twitter: Diana: @onesweetdreamdi; @dianaakom; onesweetdreampodcast@gmail.com
In this two-part episode in the L/M Breakup Series, Diana and Phoebe dig into the relatively under-explored Abbey Road period and the songs that resulted from it. They examine the songs and the events surrounding the creation of the album through the lens of the breakup. In PART TWO Phoebe and Diana discuss the Medley, "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and the overarching themes of the album.Please check out:Another Kind of Mind Podcast: (https://anotherkindofmind.com/); Twitter: @akompodcast; Phoebe Lorde: @akompod, @akompodcast@gmail.comOnesweetdreampodcast.com; Twitter: Diana: @onesweetdreamdi; @dianaakom; onesweetdreampodcast@gmail.com
In this two-part episode in the Break-up Series, Diana and Phoebe dig into the relatively under-explored Abbey Road period and the songs that resulted from it. They examine both the songs and the events surrounding the creation of the album through the lens of the breakup.In PART ONE,  Phoebe and Diana explore the recording sessions and dig deeply into the songs "Come Together", "Something", "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," "Oh Darling," "Octopus' Garden," "Here Comes the Sun," and "Because" PART TWO explores the rest of the album.
In episode 6  Diana and Phoebe investigate the different ways John and Paul grapple with being replaced by new spouses.  This episode also shines a light on Linda, an often overlooked but vital piece of the puzzle.Please check out:Another Kind of Mind Podcast: (https://anotherkindofmind.com/); Twitter: @akompodcast; Phoebe Lorde: @akompod, @akompodcast@gmail.comOnesweetdreampodcast.com; Twitter: Diana: @onesweetdreamdi; @dianaakom; onesweetdreampodcast@gmail.com
In this episode, Diana and Phoebe explore the Battle for Northern Songs, which raged throughout the Spring and Summer of 1969. They go deep into this topic, providing detail and context as they investigate the "extra shares" issue and explore the psychological impact of the loss of their publishing rights.Please check out:Another Kind of Mind Podcast: (https://anotherkindofmind.com/); Twitter: @akompodcast; Phoebe Lorde: @akompod, @akompodcast@gmail.comOnesweetdreampodcast.com; Twitter: Diana: @onesweetdreamdi; @dianaakom; onesweetdreampodcast@gmail.com
In Part 4 of the L/M Breakup Series, Diana and Phoebe begin their investigation into the issues that separated John and Paul and turned them against each other, the most significant of which was Allen Klein: the Demon King of the Beatles Break-up. They examine how Klein drove a wedge between Paul and John and hastened the band's demise. They also discuss what Paul McCartney describes as “the cracking of the Liberty Bell,” a critically important moment in the journey of the Beatles.Please check out:Another Kind of Mind Podcast: (https://anotherkindofmind.com/); Twitter: @akompodcast; Phoebe Lorde: @akompod, @akompodcast@gmail.comOnesweetdreampodcast.com; Twitter: Diana: @onesweetdreamdi; @dianaakom; onesweetdreampodcast@gmail.com
In the second installment of our Break-up series, Diana and Phoebe take a DEEP look into January 1969, when the Beatles record and film Let it Be.While Part 1 focused on the sub-textual conversation revealed in their behaviors and music.  Part 2 looks at some of the underlying issues of the break-up as they play out in this period.This multi-part series explores the emotional roots of the Beatles' break-up with a focus on Lennon/McCartney.Please check out:Another Kind of Mind Podcast: (https://anotherkindofmind.com/); Twitter: @akompodcast; Phoebe Lorde: @akompod, @akompodcast@gmail.comOnesweetdreampodcast.com; Twitter: Diana: @onesweetdreamdi; @dianaakom; onesweetdreampodcast@gmail.com
In the second installment of our Break-up series, Diana and Phoebe take a DEEP look into January 1969, when the Beatles record and film Let it Be. This is a make or breaks time for Lennon and McCartneyPart one reflects on the sub-textual conversation revealed in their behaviors and their music.  Part two looks at some of the underlying issues of the break-up as they play out in this period.This multi-part series explores the emotional roots of the Beatles' break-up with a focus on Lennon/McCartney in the context of the Beatles.Please check out:Another Kind of Mind Podcast: (https://anotherkindofmind.com/); Twitter: @akompodcast; Phoebe Lorde: @akompod, @akompodcast@gmail.comOnesweetdreampodcast.com; Twitter: Diana: @onesweetdreamdi; @dianaakom; onesweetdreampodcast@gmail.com
In this multi-part series, Diana and Phoebe explore the emotional roots of the Beatles' break-up with a focus on Lennon/McCartney. They use John's and Paul's contemporaneous words and behaviors to challenge the traditional narrative and show how this delicate negotiation for love and security went disastrously awry. In the first installment, they begin their re-examination by tracing the Big Bang of the break-up to 1968.  Part 1 focuses on the first half of the year; Part 2  focuses on the second half. This is PART 2.Please check out:Another Kind of Mind Podcast: (https://anotherkindofmind.com/); Twitter: @akompodcast; Phoebe Lorde: @akompod, @akompodcast@gmail.comOnesweetdreampodcast.com; Twitter: Diana: @onesweetdreamdi; @dianaakom; onesweetdreampodcast@gmail.com
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