While the Beatles had always been a band about experimentation, love, and rock and roll, they weren’t the most political band on the scene. They’d dabbled in politics with “Taxman”, but after the Tet Offensive in 1968 and the increased radicalization of the protest movement, John Lennon felt the need to finally use his music, and the Beatles, to speak out about world problems while also commenting on the people trying to “change the world” through means Lennon thought were less than desirable.

“Revolution” had a few versions. The first was appropriately, “Revolution 1”, a slowed down arrangement that appears on The White Album. There was also “Revolution 9” that evolved from unused portions of “Revolution 1” and also appears on The White Album, showing more of Yoko Ono’s influence on Lennon since the piece is very avant-garde in its approach to trying to create the “sound of Revolution”. The version we all know, however, appeared as the B-side of “Hey Jude”.


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