Thursday, November 19, 2015

It was 20 years ago today (no really it was!)

How many of you know what you were doing 20 years ago at this very moment?   If you were a Beatles fan in 1995, then I know exactly what you were doing---the same thing I was doing:  watching the Beatles Anthology on A "Beatles" C.    We were anxious to hear the world premiere of "Free as a Bird."  

The advertisement for the Anthology really pushed for it to be watch by not just as serious fans, but by the casual fan as well.   I was 19 at the time and in college.   When I was in high school, just a few years earlier, being a Beatles fan was not considered "cool."    I was teased and picked on because I liked "hippie music."   Suddenly, with the Anthology on TV,  the people who used to think the Beatles were terrible were asking me questions about them.   For once (and maybe the only time), being a Beatle fan was considered cool.      I was a moderator on a popular Beatles chat room at that time and I remember the chat room being filled with people who were new fans.  Those who just discovered the Beatles and were wanting to know where to turn for more music and information.   It was an exciting time in my life as a Beatles fan.  

It was exciting to see the Anthology video on television and hear new interviews from George, Ringo and Paul (and to see what new place Paul was going to be interviewed...a campfire?  On a boat?  Where next?).  It was exciting to see the pristine footage of film that had never or rarely been seen before, especially the home movie footage.   And most of all it was exciting to hear Beatles music!   To hear "In Spite of all the Danger" on Anthology 1 for the first time left me awe struck.   Who would have through we'd ever been able to hear a Quarry Men recording?  

Did any of you actually see a Beatles Anthology advertisement on a bus?



  1. 20 years I've been a Beatles fan! :) listened to barely anything but the Beatles for about a year after the anthem logo was screened and used to cut out even the tiniest little pictures of the Beatles from newspapers and magazines. :)

  2. I still have the TV Guide from that week.