Abstract

The BEATLES” a.k.a., the “White Album,” released in November 1968, has sold 24 times Platinum (U.S.) and continues to garner fans and analysis. The following examines the album as reflection of the band, its legacy, song writing, recording and production techniques, and packaging. The White Album reveals individual development and outside influence, as the core faded and different interests led to dissolution. The multi-genre album shows group and solo efforts, along with the politics, maturity, drug and religious inspiration, technology, social norms, and pop culture of tumultuous 1968; an account of how and why is justified.

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