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Old Feb 21, 2012, 04:05 AM   #1
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Default Mixing Beatles and Politics (Beatles related)

Thought I would share this little bit of political history with you. It's not completely Beatles related but it's close enough for the forum, I thought.

Last month I was chatting away with my father about political history in New Zealand (random, I know but that's where he happened to grow up!) and he said that when the (then) Prime Minister Jim Bolger was touring a tour around the country, he visited a rural school. Story sounds nice enough so far. The school children sung a song to greet him, as they usually do but it ended up being The Beatles "Nowhere Man"... He said it was a hilarious to see it on TV. I'm sure the kids (or teachers for that matter), didn't realise the subtext behind it - but it certainly left him rather offended!

The story he told took me back to when I was at school, singing Beatles songs during assemblies and school concerts. More the hits they sung in their early days though. Ahhhh those were the days :) I'm not sure if any of you sung Beatles songs at school or if any of you that have children at school that do too.
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Old Feb 21, 2012, 05:19 AM   #2
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In 8th grade, we sang "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude" I believe. And in HS gym class, we once did exercises to "Do You Want To Hear A Secret" ? Cute story, but maybe the teacher should have picked another song, I can understand how the Prime Minister was offended.
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Old Feb 28, 2012, 11:04 PM   #3
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Haha yeah, apparently it was all the rage on the media.

Yeah, I fondly remember having to sing a Beatles medley for a school production. Friends of mine had to sing Octopus's Garden which I think is quite sweet.

Do you think that schools have to buy the rights to play pop songs to children? That's made me wonder lately as I was away on a conference in Madrid about copyrights and intellectual property...I guess not if they were playing them with musical instruments.

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Old Feb 29, 2012, 06:14 AM   #4
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I'm not sure if they have to buy the rights, but our gym teacher played records. In grammar school, we sang from books or music sheets. I also recall in college, my English textbook had "Eleanor Rigby" in it as a poem. The instructor felt the song could apply to homeless people in the 80's. Looking back, I recall in kidergarten singing "Yellow Submarine"

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