Of all The Beatles’ music, most people first encounter their
classic pop made for the masses. Tracks can seem lame and twee, singing about handholding and women called Eleanor.
The White Album though, changed this.
It's like nothing you’ve ever
heard from a thousand imitators in the same listening experience. It converts critics
into fans, even if they qualify liking ‘just their experimental stuff’, and insists that drugs deserve a heap of song writing credits. The White Album sees a darker
undercurrent in The Beatles’ music. It is an album that is largely open to
interpretation, as taken to the extreme by infamous cult leader Charlie Manson,
who decoded the tracks to inform part of his post-apocalyptic Helter Skelter scenario.
Of the ‘Fab Four’, John Lennon has the most complex legacy. From
inspiring other generational idols such as Kurt Cobain to a past which dogged
him throughout his life and career – notably his parental abandonment, abusive
relationships, and jealousy issues - Lennon was given the chance to make large
steps towards making amends.
He processed many of his personal demons through
songwriting, and that led to some notably dark moments.