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Journal Writing Project: The Beatles’ impact on music


By Jeremiah Munson


A couple of days ago Ringo Starr came out with a new album called “Postcards from Paradise” and I have been listening to it constantly. Another former Beatle, Paul McCartney, has also been active recently doing two songs with Kanye West and Rihanna. When I was thinking about this, I remembered hearing that Paul McCartney and Kanye West had spent New Year’s together performing their new song “Only One”. Many Kanye fans went to twitter and were wondering who the “newcomer” Paul McCartney was. I find it extremely sad that some people do not know who Paul McCartney is, or any member of the Beatles for that matter. I would imagine that most people 20 years old can’t name at least three of the fab four. One may wonder: “What is the big deal about a band from the 1960’s?”

The Beatles have influenced the world in many different ways, not surprisingly they influenced music the most. They have had an enormous impact on music from the moment they were formed. Along with their producer, George Martin, they innovated many different aspects of music that are still in use today. A small list of their innovative accolades includes music videos, the first concept album, concerts at a stadium, lyrics printed on the album, having music on an FM radio station rather than AM, and studio techniques. All of the different studio techniques they created or popularized would be an entire list on its own: artificial double tracking or ADT, back masking, tuned feedback, spliced audio loops, distortion, equalization, stereo effects, multi-tracking or overdubbing, compression, phase shifting, and “microphoning”.

The Beatles have also had a direct impact on many artists. Some musicians have been greatly inspired by the Beatles and some even decided to become rock artists after hearing or seeing the Beatles. Some artists who have claimed to be influenced by the Beatles include Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys, Billy Joel, Michelle Phillips from the Mamas and the Papas, Gene Simmons of KISS, Maurice and Robin Gibbs from the Bee Gees, and Bruce Springsteen. That is only a small list of all of the musicians the Beatles have influenced.

Some additional information to support the idea that the Beatles have changed music is numbers. According to the RIAA the Beatles are the best-selling music artists in the United States with 178 million certified units sold .....
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Rushford Village looks to Wellhead Protection Plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Pat Bailey, principal planner for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Water Source Protection Unit, was on hand at the Tuesday, April 7 Rushford Village Council meeting to discuss wellhead protection. The protection plans seek to “prevent con ..... 
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Lois Roberton Nursing Scholarship for local nursing students

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for this year’s Lois Roberton Nursing scholarship are currently being accepted. Through the generosity and vision of the late Lois Roberton, Rushford Community Found ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson revisits old issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford-Peterson School Board met Monday, March 15 and once again debated issues raised at previous meetings. At the February meeting, a summary by ATS&R architect Dean Beeninga on the New School Initiative prompted some discussion of an altern ..... 
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Rushford Village hits “attractive nuisance” dilemma

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Planning and Zoning Commission has spent considerable time in the last several years updating and clarifying zoning ordinances. Confusing or unneeded language, poor definition, and complicated variables have been carefully irone ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Star Trek in today’s culture

By Jeremiah Munson


On Friday, February 27, 2015, the world lost a cultural icon. Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed Spock in Star Trek, died at the age of 83. Some people might argue that Spock was not a large cultural icon, but many people would disagree. Wheth ..... 
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Fire claims Rushford Village barn; family grateful for outpouring

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

By all accounts, the Scaife family of Rushford is soft-spoken, hard-working, and faithful. When an early morning fire swept through their two-story dairy barn this past Tuesday, while shaken, the family trudged on, grateful for what the fire spared. ..... 
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Rushford Village waits on bridge permit; tackles zoning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The City of Rushford Village continues to wait on permitting from the Army Corps of Engineers for the Tuff Lane Bridge project. Other permitting is in place, according to project engineer Brian Malm, of Bolton & Menk, but corps permission may come a ..... 
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Rushford Village to clarify zoning language

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

City of Rushford Village council meetings continue to be swift and no nonsense as the year progresses. At the Tuesday, February 3 meeting, the council tackled just six items, monthly financials, and additional updates and meeting information. A la ..... 
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