“I was not a Beatles fan in my youth. I was a skate punk. The Beatles early pop was always in the background somewhere, sweet and cloying and lacking the edge I loved in punk. Then I heard ‘Revolver’. Lennon's real, raspy voice and fuzzy guitar, the out of this world production, the subversive lyrics and their depth; all these things turned me into a follower. ‘Revolver’ was my gateway into the rest of the Beatles catalogue and Lennon's wrenching solo work. What a sweet drug John Lennon gave us all.”
The Beatles 'Taxman'
TG209 (on sale 26 November) features John Lennon on the cover and honours the working class guitar hero's contribution to the guitar world, including interviews with 'Nowhere Boy' Aaron Johnson and 'Imagine' session guitarist Joey Molland.