Alex Massie

Hyperbole Corner: Beatles Edition

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The New York Times actually paid someone to write this about a new video game:

Luckily Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon, seem to understand that the Beatles are not a museum piece, that the band and its message ought never be encased in amber.

The Beatles: Rock Band is nothing less than a cultural watershed, one that may prove only slightly less influential than the band’s famous appearance on “The Ed Sullivan  Show” in 1964. By reinterpreting an essential symbol of one generation in the medium and technology of another, The Beatles: Rock Band provides a transformative entertainment experience.

In that sense it may be the most important video game yet made.

Never before has a video game had such intergenerational cultural resonance. The terrifying thing about this is that the author of this tripe is actually older than I am.

Mind you, I could quite happily go another 10 years without hearing a Beatles song again. Don't we know them all far too well already?

The New Yorker has more on this. Recommended.

[Give me Country Music or give me death.]

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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