Book: The Beatles in Perspective
Chapter: 6. Interlude 1: Growing up with The Beatles
Professor Russell Reising is one of the leading Beatles scholars in the USA, he has written, edited and contributed to multiple volumes focussing upon or relating to the band and their times. This volume’s editors, James McGrath and Peter Mills, conducted a long and winding conversation with him via the internet during lockdown. We make use of segments of it throughout this book. In this first Interlude, the conversation begins by considering how one might ‘discover’ The Beatles – the routes each individual listener takes to their initial encounter with the music and the folk narrative of the band., and how innovation sounds when you hear the work as a whole rather than experience it over a decade in real time.