The Beatles -- ‘Revolution 9’

Revolution 9 (8.22)

John Lennon: Sound collage;

Before he met Yoko, John had always regarded ‘avant-garde’ as being the “French for bullshit”, but say what you like about Yoko as a person, you can’t deny that she freed him up musically. “Once I heard her stuff,” he said, “and not just the screeching and the howling but her word pieces, the talking and breathing and all this strange stuff – I thought, My God! I wanted to do one too.”

This song originally started out as the last six minutes of ‘Revolution 1’, which was endowed with a long freak-out wind-down section at the end, to represent the coming ‘revolution’. It was created almost entirely by John and Yoko, with a little help from George (Paul was away in New York at the time), but it jarred so spectacularly with the melody that it was hived off and turned it into …

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