tkitna, the 'look past the mainstream' line is priceless considering I'm the ONLY ONE who admires 'Wonderwall Music' and 'Electronic Sound'.
In the context of The Beatles these are the ultimate 'look past the mainstream' releases, and it's you, not me, who have completely failed to embrace them. So why on earth should I trust your 'look past the mainstream' credentials?
This is to everyone, not just tkitna.....
Ever seen the film 'Misery'?
James Caan character:
Embracer of 60s ideology and culture - we are told this by the use of Jr. Walker in the opening credits - Democrat/Labour, creative, embracer of life, free spirit, a 'maker' of art.
Kathy Bates character:
The opposite of free thinking, Republican/Conservative, repressed, non-creative, isolated, a 'consumer' of art.
Wow! Stephen King was talking about being an ex-Beatle!
The ultra-conservative nature of fandom, in his case Beatle fandom, must have been as alarming and disturbing to George as it clearly was for the James Caan character in 'Misery', and Caan's expression throughout most of the film is remarkably similar to George's public demeanour post-Beatle.....a kind of 'grin and bear it and it might go away' look.
I have more respect for John, Paul, George and Ringo as individuals after reading the various comments above than I have at any time before. No wonder they hid away and sought refuge in activities beyond the verse-chorus-verse-chorus, 'why isn't it like 'Sgt. Pepper's'?', hell they were meant to endure as ex-Beatles.
And, I bet, at this very minute, Ringo is STILL receiving sack-loads of requests for his autograph.....