Remember the day The Beatles broke up? It was a cold Friday in 1970 when Paul McCartney announced to the world that his legendary songwriting partnership with John Lennon had come to an end and, subsequently, one of the most influential bands in the history of pop music.
I don’t remember it because I wasn’t even a twinkle in my parents’ eyes at the time (gross) but I’ve heard several people in the 40+ age bracket speak about the end of The Beatles with the same kind of grief-stricken shock and melancholic nostalgia that’s usually reserved for mourning the sudden death of a beloved historical figure or tv character.
This Saturday 10 April will mark the 40th anniversary of McCartney’s announcement and to celebrate the “life” of The Beatles – or, alternatively, mourn their untimely “death” – ABC Radio is presenting a broadcast through digital radio – a massive 16 non-stop hours of Beatlemania, including all your favourite and most hated Beatles tunes, as well as rare and exclusive material from the BBC Radio archives, interviews, live recordings and shiteloads more.
Date: Saturday, 10 April 2010
Time: 8am Saturday – Midnight Sunday, 11 April 2010
Dress code: Sgt Peppers fringed jackets or Ringo Starr prosthetic nose
Where: ABC Digital Radio can be heard in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth
How To Listen: ABC Beatles will be broadcast on a dedicated ABC Digital Radio channel – not on ABC Dig Music. Click here for more details.