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Introduction: The White Album: An Enigma for the Ages

Introduction: The White Album: An Enigma for the Ages Introduction The White Album: An Enigma for the Ages kenneth womack In many ways, the Beatles’ ninth and longest studio album is their most enig- matic release. Originally loosed upon the world as e Th B in N eatle o svember 1968, the so-called White Alb i um s easily the most contentious and least understood masterwork among the band’s unmatched artistic corpus. As the essayists in this special issue demonstrate, we are only just beginning to understand the LP’s unique creative achievements. In contrast with the band’s previous opus Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), e Th White Album was decidedly more fragmentary and generically diverse. But at the same time, it was also their most determined, self-conscious effort. Begun in May 1968 at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios, the album was a font of creative activity that rivals, if not supersedes, some of the most prolific moments of their career. “e Th entir We hite Album was written in India,” John Lennon later remarked. “We got our mantra, we sat in the mountains eating lousy vegetarian food, and writing all these songs. We wrote tons of songs in India” (qtd. in Badman 388). During the last week http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interdisciplinary Literary Studies Penn State University Press

Introduction: The White Album: An Enigma for the Ages

Interdisciplinary Literary Studies , Volume 22 (1) – Sep 4, 2020

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Introduction The White Album: An Enigma for the Ages kenneth womack In many ways, the Beatles’ ninth and longest studio album is their most enig- matic release. Originally loosed upon the world as e Th B in N eatle o svember 1968, the so-called White Alb i um s easily the most contentious and least understood masterwork among the band’s unmatched artistic corpus. As the essayists in this special issue demonstrate, we are only just beginning to understand the LP’s unique creative achievements. In contrast with the band’s previous opus Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), e Th White Album was decidedly more fragmentary and generically diverse. But at the same time, it was also their most determined, self-conscious effort. Begun in May 1968 at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios, the album was a font of creative activity that rivals, if not supersedes, some of the most prolific moments of their career. “e Th entir We hite Album was written in India,” John Lennon later remarked. “We got our mantra, we sat in the mountains eating lousy vegetarian food, and writing all these songs. We wrote tons of songs in India” (qtd. in Badman 388). During the last week

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