Monday, 22 February 2010
The Beatles - a nostalgia act?
When Paul McCartney brought his Wings to Norway in 1972, I was still just 10 years of age, and not really interested. I don't think I even heard about the concert. And Ringo's visit to Norway the year before had passed me by without me noticing. It wasn't until I hit the teens that music started to become one of my passions. I can remember that "The Beatles Live! At the Star Club, Hamburg, Germany" and "The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl" was released. So, from the late seventies and until now, I have always carried the Beatles with me, and I have known whatever was going on with the band. I've read countless books and magazines about the boys, and today I keep tabs on the band through the internet. But it was never a nostalgia trip. The Beatles are just there. A living and breathing part of history. I don't think there was ever a day I didn't hear some or other Beatles song on the radio. And hearing a Beatles song doesn't take me back to wherever I was the first time I heard it. I just try and remember what the circumstances were like in the studio that day, and who did what and wrote what part of the song. I don't think Louise really feels nostalgic about the Beatles, either. After all, she discovered the band by listening to "Anthology 1", so she was probably just avoiding annoying small talk. The Beatles just coexists with time itself. As for that first generation of Beatles fans, I think they may feel nostalgic about the quartet. But not us.