Something About The Beatles (podcast)


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Something About The Beatles is an acclaimed podcast created in 2013 by Beatles author Robert Rodriguez. Currently (2024), it has surpassed 3 million downloads worldwide, spread over nearly 300 episodes. The show is known for its high-level discussions of every aspect of The Beatles’ art and career, both together and solo. Occasionally, there have been featured discussions of peripheral artists and subjects, but on the whole, every Beatles-related topic is fair game. Richard Wey has served as the show’s Executive Producer since its inception. He is also responsible for the artwork for each episode.

The show was started by Robert as a thought experiment, as a way to promote his books beyond the usual 90-day window accorded by publishers. Given a lifelong history of deep conversations about The Beatles with like-minded friends, he conceived the idea of pairing himself with a British author, offering points of view from either side of the Atlantic. Richard Buskin served as co-host from 2013 through episode 122 in 2017. Beginning with 123, Robert has hosted every episode with an occasional guest co-host.

The show very quickly found an audience around the world, notably written up by the UK’s Radio Times in 2017, and by Forbes in 2019. The show was the subject of two more articles in Forbes in 2021 and 2022, following Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson tracking down Robert to offer himself up as a guest to promote his Get Back TV mini-series.

The show was named after the song, “Something About The Beatles,” written by James Warren and recorded by The Korgis in 2006.

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Though not easy to categorize, SATB (as it is abbreviated) can, since episode 123, be broken
down generally into one of several types of shows:
Interviews – These are conversations with guests, often but not always authors, discussing a book or a project.
Presentations – Wherein a guest with a particular expertise on an area of Beatles scholarship presents their research.
Topical – This is where Robert invites a guest or guests specifically to discuss a particular subject of his choosing. One example would be the December 2023 show on “Now and Then,” The Beatles’ “last” new song.
The “Olympiad” series – These are opinion shows, featuring recurrent guest Gary Wenstrup, a lecturer and teacher, wherein specific releases are presented for discussion and the top three songs are ranked gold, silver or bronze.


There are several categories that the guests

 can be broken into for easy classification.

Beatle Witnesses: These are people, often

 themselves notable, who had intimate

 connections with The Beatles, either

as family, friends, romantic partners, or as

people they regularly connected with

through proximity/work.

Some listed here knew The Beatles

intimately or else crossed paths with

them in their line of work.

Nancy Lee AndrewsMichael HillTom MurrayEthan Russell
Gary AstridgeTony KingChris O’DellPaul Saltzman
Jenny BoydJohn LeckieMay PangBill Schnee
Pattie BoydKen MansfieldAlan ParsonsChris Thomas
Roger FerrisMike McCartneyDan RichterNick Webb
Kevin HarringtonMichael MedierosBill Rotari

Beatle Historians: Folks who have researched the history and produced books, not necessarily directly connected to The Beatles

Andy BabuikLaura CortnerSteven GainesAllan Kozinn
David BedfordTerry CrainGlenn GreenbergAndrew Grant Jackson
Dr. Thomas BrothersDr. Christine Feldman-BarrettJerry Hammack Candy Leonard
Dr. Allison BumstedDr. Duncan DriverDr. Robert HeironimousMark Lewisohn
Alex CainTim EnglishJude KesslerChip Madinger
James CampionWalter EverettAxel KorinthSteve Mateo
Terry McCuskerDan RivkinSara SchmidtErin Weber
Sibbie O’SullivanRobert RosenDr. Susan ShumskyDavid Whelan
Luca PerasiDoug SulpyCarol TylerKen Womack

Journalists: Some listed here knew The Beatles intimately or else crossed paths with them in their line of work.

Noah BerlatskyAndy MartinoSylvie Simmons
Ray ConnollyMichael SalfinoBill Wyman
Ivor DavisJon SavageTerry Zobeck

Musicians: Some were influenced by The Beatles; some worked with them.

Apple JamDennis DikenMona Lisa TwinsPat Sansone
Randy BachmanElliott EastonJessica MorganJody Stephens
Sam BrownDerek ForbesLuther RussellBruce Thomas
Marshall CrenshawIan McNabbArion SalazarLon Van Eaton
Ann WilsonRamsey LewisJim McCartyJack Petruzzelli
Cameron GreiderMike Pachelli  

Film and TV: Folks with direct Beatles connections.

Debbie GendlerDave Mirkin
Peter JacksonAndrew Solt
Jeff Martin Gary Weis