The Beatles: John Lennon reflected on 'taking control' of the band in 1965

Monday, January 18, 2021

Over the course of the 1960s it seemed like The Beatles went through quite a metamorphosis. Starting off as a plucky quartet from Liverpool, England, the band transitioned from all-out pop band to transcendent hippies. A lot of discussion has been had over when these changes occurred, but John Lennon himself once spoke out about what album spurred it all on.

After the band’s fifth album, Help!, The Beatles were keen to change things up.

During the summer of 1965 each of the members opened their eyes to new creative avenues, mostly because they were allegedly smoking a lot more cannabis than ever before.

December of 1965 saw the release of the band’s sixth album, Rubber Soul.

The iconic LP included a number of legendary hits, including Nowhere Man, Girl, Run for your Life, and Drive My Car.

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