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The album by one of the most talked about music acts of 2021 reached number 5 on the Billboard 200 and also had a few singles on the chart. Not bad for a band that broke up half a century ago.

The Beatles Thank Those Headlines and Sales Peter Jackson’s “Get Back” Documentary, A photo-heavy book about the making of the film and the release of the remix “Let It Be”. He is also the subject of “The Beatles 100: One Hundred Pivotal Moments in Beatles History” published by Rare Bird Books.

Author John M. Borack is Southern California through and through: Raised in Hacienda Heights and educated at Cal State Fullerton, he now lives in Fountain Valley and, in addition to his career as a music journalist, as manager at Whittier One day job is communication and community engagement for The Whole Child, a non-profit organization that helps vulnerable families.

His Beatle bona fide is equally impeccable, and not just because he wore a Beatles shirt to video interviews surrounded by CDs and Beatles material, or because he played drums in a Beatles cover band and featured Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr several times. saw the performance. (he also saw Join McCartney on stage at Dodger Stadium in Star 2019,

No, Borac started early, sending Wings’ suggestive “Hi, Hi, Hi” to the principal’s office at Dibble Elementary School to bring in a fifth-grade dance, at age 12 with his band, Solar Reflections. Recorded “Get Back”. , and Glenn A. Wilson harassed his English teacher at High School to report a book on the biography of the Beatles to the likes of Steinbeck and Shakespeare. Oh, and he’s also the author of the last three books in which “John Lennon: Life Is What Happens.”

Some of Borack’s rankings – more than half of which occurred after the band’s 1970 breakup – are hard to argue with: No. 1 is John Lennon meeting McCartney and No. 3 is the star replacing Pete Best. But it’s sure to spark much debate: George Martin is only 17th on signing on as Below the release of “A Hard Day’s Night” and the fractious recording of “The White Album”. Borack, however, is happy to discuss and is quick to acknowledge that arguments can be made regarding the list.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

> Growing up, where did you go to buy your Beatles records?

When I was seven or eight years old, I went to the local Kmart with my parents and got my first Beatles Solo 45, John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” with a picture sleeve. It was sixty nine cents and I still have it with the sticker on it.

My parents were in the swap meet business and every Sunday they went to the Mission Drive-In in Pomona, which was converted to meet on weekends. There was a gentleman who used to sell Billboard’s top 100 songs every week at 45 and he put all the singles in the order of 1-100 and that’s when I was in middle school, I really started to feed my musical passion, The Beatles and others Had done it. , As I got into high school and college, I really only went into albums because I started listening a little more seriously.

> Where did you see your first concert?

I didn’t start going to concerts until I was in college, and then it was New Wave acts. i remember lookingHe Organized a Go-Go at the Hollywood Bowl in the Early ’80s and the missing person at Perkins Palace in Pasadena. i also saw Ramones several times, especially at the Hollywood Palladium.

I also participated in the 1983 X-Fest at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego with the Ramones, Stray Cats, Bow Wow Wow, The Flirts, Modern English… and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I remember that nobody really liked the set of Modern English except “I Melt With You”… so they played it twice.

I didn’t really start going to clubs until the ’90s, when I started writing about the then booming power pop scene and groups like Jellyfish and Pozzies.

I didn’t see the beetle the first time until I saw it Your All-Star Band. Ringo’s first tour with At the Pacific Amphitheater at the Orange County Fairgrounds in 1989. Then I saw McCartney at Anaheim Stadium in 1990.

Q. Most of the items on your list have little descriptions or quotes that even hardcore fans might not know, like the star using Tom-Toms on Abbey Road so much because he just got a new set. Did you have this all on your mind or did a lot of research?

It was a little of both. Ringo’s quote about “Tom-Tom madness” stuck in my mind but a lot came up through research. I wanted quotes that weren’t too similar to be used over and over again.

Q. You don’t spend much time explaining how you chose each ranking. Why not?

I didn’t want to get too bogged down in justifying the rankings in each chapter. This is just one person’s opinion. It’s all subjective and it’s all in the name of fun. I am not saying that this is the last word on the subject. If I had to make the list again now I might rank things higher or lower.

> How did you make your decisions?

I looked at the overall vibe from when it happened and also the event’s overall place in history – how it affected his career, how people saw him, how the media reacted. [Lennon’s] “Sometime in New York City” [ranked 84th] Not a good album by any stretch of the imagination, but it sparked a lot of controversy and got a lot of people talking.

Q. Looking back, do you think meeting Brian Epstein and signing The Beatles (No. 8) and George Martin becoming their producer (No. 17) should have been more, given that they both worked together for The Beatles. How much has shaped his career and his music?

Definitely. Epstein should probably be number 5 or 6 above and the release of “A Hard Day’s Night” may not be a top 10 moment now that I look at it again. Like I mentioned, if I had ended it, I probably would have done it differently.

Question. Over the past two decades, McCartney has released some of the best works by any ex-Beatle, most notably “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.” He topped the charts at age 76 with “Egypt Station”, yet to mention none of his later work, at the bottom of your list are the failures of Harrison’s 1974 tour, The Beatles’ Christmas Records and There are sections of the release of the Rattles parody. What went into that decision?

I’ve put together some things that people might not have thought about for a while, like the 1974 tour of the Rattles or George, which by all accounts was pretty terrifying. And Paul has released more solo albums than any other Beatles so I was trying to balance that. But yes, “Chaos and Creation” is a great record and definitely could have been on the list.

Q. After watching “Get Back” just now, will you change the way those sessions are ranked or what you typed?

I can rank it differently. I would definitely write it differently. We all thought it was a terrible time in Beatles history as the Beatles always said in interviews. But you see them having fun, you see the camaraderie and love that was not presented in the original film. Which gives you a different look.