In Memoriam Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb passed away at age 62.   Apparently all the younger generation knows about the Bee Gees is their disco period.   How said.  Long before the disco era the Bee Gees were legends, at times rivalling the Beatles.  Here’s a little playlist I’ve thrown together, based on their Golden Oldies I could find on Youtube.



And Now, Here They Are: The Beatles

I grew up with them. Well, sort of.  They were already considered “Oldies” by the time I was an early teenager. But I guess I always liked oldies.  Just like so many others.. so The Beatles remained classics, for half a century.

And now, here they are again – at least in the form of an interactive game, due out next month.


The preview does not do justice to it, after all you can only passively watch it, while the real The Beatles: Rock Band will allow players to sing and play interactively with the Fab Four.  The game was developed by Apple Corp, which is not to be confused with that other entity in the business of making of iPods and iPhones and all sorts of Mac-things.

Read more @ Nick Carr’s  Rough Type, Crave and The New York Times.

And now, here’s your  Ticket To Ride.


Late Christmas Gift from Norway: Download All the Beatles Songs Free and Legally

See update at bottom!

From Norwegian site NRKBeta:

Some weeks ago, NRK – Norwegian Braodcasting – signed a deal with music rights holder organisation TONO in Norway. The new deal gives NRK right to publish podcasts of all previously broadcasted radio- and tv-programs that contains less then 70% music.

Podcast containing music may be up for four weeks, while our podcast without music stay up on our server forever.

One result of this deal, is that we now can publish “Vår daglige Beatles” – “Our Daily Beatles” in English – as a podcast.

In this series from 2001, journalists Finn Tokvam og Bård Ose tells the story of every single Beatles tracks ever made, chronologically. Each episode contains a 3 minute story about each track (sadly for our international visitors – in Norwegian) and the actual Beatles tune.

This is – as far as we know – the first time you can download the Beatles’ music legally. Neither iTunes nor Amazon have The Beatles in their music stores.

So now Norway’s contribution to Beatles music is a lot more than just Norwegian Wood.  This is an incredible deal: grab the 128kbps mp3 format podcasts here.

(hat tip: Espen Antonsen)

Update: Well, this was too good to last.  NRK pulled the podcast due to legal issues.

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