Award Winning Music Professor Glen Gass Beatles Course & How Piero Scaruffi is Totally Wrong About The Beatles!
There are many music professors teaching Beatles coureses at good universities. One of them is award winning music professor and composer Dr.Glen Gass at Indiana University. He's been teaching a course on rock music and The Beatles since 1982. On his website for this course it says the main purpose of his course is to get students to have a better appreciation of this amazing group and their extraordinary recordings. Dr.Gary Kendal's Beatles course is the most requested at Northwestern University,and there is also a Beatles course taught at University of California. A music professor by the last name of Heinonen teaches a Beatles coursse at JYVASKYLA in Finland.
Piero Scaruffi says totally inaccurate ignorant crap about The Beatles,I suggest you read an excellent thorough book,The Beatles Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn which is a detailed music diary of their remarkable 8 year recording career. And see how their recording engineers Geoff Emerick,Norman Smith who went to work with Pink Floyd,Ken Scott who went on to work with David Bowie and Alan Parsons a highly impressed Beatles fan who was one of their engineers on their last 2 albums Abbey Road and Let it Be,etc all describe in details how truly innovative,creative and inventive especially John and Paul were in the recording studio and see how totally *WRONG* Scaruffi really is! Geoff Emerick says that John owned one of the first melotrons and their tape operator Jerry Boys says The Beatles used it in ways nobody had thought of!
I emailed Scaruffi back in the Fall of 2001 and he emailed me 3 ignorant reponses back so I gave up and didn't answer back. He told me in one of the emails that I was the most intelligent Beatles fan he ever communicated with because he I didn't mention how many records The Beatles sold as an example of why they are great. And he claimed that most Beatles fans only mention The Beatles big record sales,but I don't believe that's all they mentioned it's just all he payed attention to. He claimed that he wanted solid information to back up that The Beatles are great and why and not just their record sales,so I gave it to him by suggesting he read The Beatles Recording Sessions but he *still* doesn't get it! It's very obvious to me that Piero is a person who is really mad that his favorite groups are not the most popular and critically acclaimed so he has this inaccurate irrational thing against The Beatles!
I emailed a rock radio DJ and huge Beatles fan and expert who hosts a two hour radio show,Breakfast With The Beatles for years now on my local classic rock station and told him about Scaruffi's web site and the totally ignorant things he says about The Beatles,and he emailed me back and said that bozo gave higher ratings to The Fugs who I never even heard of.
Another inaccurate myth Scaruffi says is that The Beatles were mediocre musicians who just were very popular because of George Martin and marketing by Brian Epstein and that other musicians never spoke highly of The Beatles and couldn't really understand why they were held in such high regard. Jimi Hendrix played Day Tripper Live,and he also played Sgt.Pepper live in concert only 2 days after it was released. George Harrison played guitar on The Cream song Badge,and Eric Clapton said George was a fantastic slide guitar player when they were on a tour of Japan together in 1992 and were asked what they admired about eacch other. Eric Clapton also said John Lennon was a very good guitar player,and he would have known since he played live in concert with John as a member of his John Lennon Plastic Ono Band. There is an excellent web site called,The Evolution of Rock Bass Playing McCartney Style. And in it Stanley Clarke,Will Lee,Billy Sheehan and Sting all say what a great,melodic and influential bass player Paul has always been. The 1992 Rolling Stone All Music Guide calls Paul a remarkable bass player as well as calling John and Paul the greatest song writers in the history of rock. The All Music Guide Says these things about them too and also calls John and Paul among the best and most expressive singers in rock. Bob Dylan said about The Beatles early songs I Want To Hold Your Hand and She Loves You,that their chords were outrageous,and that they were doing things nobody had done before and that their melodies and harmonies made it all valid.
In early 1966 George Harrison played backwards guitar on John's song I'm Only Sleeping the most difficult way possible even though he could have taken the easy way. Geoff Emerick says it took him 6 hours just for the guitar overdub,and that he made it even more difficult by adding more distorted guitars,and Geoff says this was all George's idea and he did all of the playing. George also would stay up playing the guitar to 2 in the morning at age 14 trying to get the chords just right until his fingers were bleeding! And The Beatles worked hard to get where they got,they played for 2 years staight for 8 hours a night in the sleazy strip clubs of Hamburg Germany,wearing tight leather pants and jackets,smoking,cursing and hitting each other on stage taking speed pills just to stay awake and going to bed with many young women groupies.
The Rolling Stones were also big fans of and friends with The Beatles and Mick Jagger was at 4 Beatles recording sessions and Keith Richards was at two of them with him. The Beatles even wrote one of The Rolling Stones first real hits with the song,I Wanna Be You're Man in early 1964. Mick Jagger even came just to stand on the sidelines and watch and listen to them record their song,Baby You're A Rich Man in May 1967. His name is even on the tape box because he might have sang at the end verses.In The Beatles Recording Sessions,there is a big picture of Mick Jagger sitting in between John and Paul in their recording console during the Revolver sessions. Ozzy Osbourne has been a huge Beatles fan since he was a teenager and She Loves You is one of his favorite songs. He said in a 2002 Online Bender Magazine interview that Paul McCartney is a genuis And The Beatles Are The Greatest Band To Ever Walk The Earth! He also says not loving The Beatles is like saying you don't love oxogen!
Brian Wilson said on 1995 Beatles tribute show that Sgt. Pepper is the greatest album he has ever heard and that he feels John and Paul were the 2 greatest song composers of the 20th century. And he said when he first heard Rubber Soul he was so blown away by it and he said all of the songs flowed together,and it was pop music but folk rock at the same time and this is what he couldn't believe,this is what motivated him to make Pet Sounds. Steve Winwood was on this Nightline Tribute show too and he said how great they were also,and there were many music artists from all types of music young and old,black and white including a young black jazz musician,a middle age black opera singer,and classical violinist Isach Pearlman who said he plays his children Beethoven and The Beatles, on this Beatles tribute show praising them. Elton John was interviewed on a CBS morning news show in 1991 and he was aked who he musically admired and he said you can talk about your Rogers and Hammerstein but for the quanity of quality songs that John Lennon and Paul McCartney did in that short period of time,they were the 2 greatest song composers of the 20th century! Classical composer and conducter Leonard Bernstein said this about them also!
Pete Townsend,John Paul Jones and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin all played on two songs on Paul's last Wings Album Back To The Egg in 1979. And they also played in the last Wings concert in December 1979. Pete Townsend also played on two songs on Paul's 1986 Press To Play album so did Phil Collins who has been a huge Beatles fan since he was a 13 year old in the concet audience in the A Hard Day's Night film. Also in March 1967 when The Beatles were working on Sgt.Pepper, Pink Floyd asked George Martin if they could meet The Beatles in their recording studio,and George Martin said he would have to ask John,and John said it was OK. But The Beatles were not that friendly or impressed with them. David Crosby was also a good friend who would visit them in the recording studo. And he said on a radio interview that when he was there when they were working on A Day in The Life he said it was so brilliant his jaw just dropped,and he almost felt like giving up music!
Also music critics were seriously studying their music even early songs such as I Want To Hold Your Hand and She Loves You and The London Times music critic William Mann pointed out the same things Bob Dylan did,that they used interesting,unusual and unique chords in even She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand and they used clever sublties and these songs were not as simple as they seemed,even though their middle and later music was more innovative and complex. The London Sunday Times music critic Richard Buckle called John and Paul the two greatest composers since Beethoven after he reviewed a ballet that John and Paul had written the music for,called,Mods and Rockers and the review was in December 1963. It was very unheard of and unusual for any music critic to compare young rock artists to Beethoven and it is even now! And there were some comparing them to Schubert.
It's really funny how Scaruffi likes The Doors though,they were good but they didn't even have a bass player let alone such a great one who was also a great singer and music composer as Paul! And I read on quite a few message boards people saying The Doors suck and are overrated pretentious crap and were not good musicians! If you type in the google search engine in quotes "The Doors Suck" many things come up. And gutiarist Frank Marino of the hard rock group Mahogany Rush says in two online interviews that he has always hated The Rolling Stones but he likes Jimi Hendrix,The Beatles etc.
And Dave Navarro of the group Jane's Addiction said in a 1991 and 1996 interview in Guitar World that he has always hated The Rolling Stones and that he always will! The Beatles producer George Martin is a veery musically talented guy himself,and he studied at the as a teenager at the Guilhall School of music and is a clasically trained musician. He has produced many different music artists since The Beatles but he *still* says that he has never worked with anybody as brilliant as The Beatles!