Rock History

The Beatles on the Internet: Here, There and Everywhere

The Beatles tend to dominate any category you can care to mention. Books (hundreds at last count). Tribute albums (who can ever forget William Shatner singing “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”? No seriously, that version must have some kind of Vulcan mind meld embedded in it because once you here it you are cursed to never forget it!) Fanzines. And Internet sites. The Beatles dominate cyberspace like they dominate everything else. Amidst all these websites there are some excellent ones and plenty of dross but for me, these are the best:
The Beatles: Yes the official Beatles homepage as presented by Apple Corps. An incredible resource that is currently focused on “The First US Visit”, this official presence was only inaugurated with the release of the “1” CD. Much like getting your news exclusively from L’Osservatore Romano, you are getting a certain officially sanitized point of view but the site is still a lot of fun.
If you are looking for the most up to date source for Beatles news then look no further than Beatle News Briefs, part of the Abbeyrd’s Beatles Page. Constantly updated throughout the day, this is the place to go if you are looking for any, and I mean any news related to the Beatles or the solo activities of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Absolutely indispensable for all Beatlemaniacs. Buy something through the site as a way of supporting them.
Another site I have always enjoyed is The Beatles at the Webspot, another long running site featuring some very cool collectable merchandise and photos.
Another great site is The Internet Beatles Album which again has so much detail it will take you days to read it all. Start with “I Should Have Known Better” which debunks a lot of the prominent myths that still float around regarding the band.
Finally Mitch Mcgeary’s Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Beatles is another gem and a great source for hours of fascinating Beatles lore and collectables information.
There are plenty more Beatles websites that you can visit if you have the time and inclination to do so. As can be expected, this is a hit and miss affair. A quick Google search can be overwhelming so a trip to something like the Artist Direct directory of Beatles websites might be a better way to go. Like the huge amount of books available on this band, Beatles’ websites come in every size and flavour. Check some of these out to get a taste of what the ‘Net has to offer and support those that you like.