The official Vatican City newspaper has blessed the Beatles with praise on the 40th anniversary of their breakup. L’Osservatore Romano, though acknowledging the Beatles had some qualities they didn’t approve of, praised the “beautiful melodies” in their music.
“It’s true they took drugs, lived life to excess because of their success, even said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic,” the paper was quoted in the Daily Mail.
“They may not have been the best example for the youth of the day but they were by no means the worst. Their beautiful melodies changed music and continue to give pleasure.”
‘Thirteen albums changed the history of popular music and there is little else to add. The Beatles were the most famous and acclaimed band in the world.’
Added the Daily Telegraph, “Forty years later the Beatles still astound with their originality and they are a consolation against the continual assault on music lovers by the record industry … “Rather then expressing regret at their break up, perhaps the question should be what would pop music have been like without the Beatles?”
This isn’t the first time the Vatican paper has written a conciliatory article about the Beatles. In 2008, the Vatican pardoned John Lennon’s comment that “The Beatles are bigger than Jesus,” saying his remarks were just “showing off, bragging by a young English working-class musician who had … enjoyed unexpected success.”
“The fact remains that 38 years after breaking up, the songs of the Lennon-McCartney brand have shown an extraordinary resistance to the passage of time, becoming a source of inspiration for more than one generation of pop musicians,” the paper said in its comments about Lennon.
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