Kit O'Toole, Ed.D.

Freelance Popular Culture Writer

I'm a freelance writer specializing in music, books, and technology. I am the author of two books: Michael Jackson FAQ (Backbeat Books) and Songs We Were Singing: Analyses of Beatles Tracks. Previously a music editor for Blogcritics.org, I'm currently a contributing editor for Beatlefan magazine, reviewer/columnist for Blinded by Sound and Something Else Reviews, and contributor to Cinema Sentries.

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Deep Beatles Columns

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"Good Morning Good Morning" (1967): Deep Beatles

A cacophony of guitars, brass, furious drums, John Lennon's lead vocal, and even animal noises, "Good Morning Good Morning" may stand as one of Lennon's most eccentric...

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"Dig a Pony," from 'Let It Be' (1970): Deep Beatles

A classic example of John Lennon's love of wordplay, the Let It Be track "Dig a Pony" features some mysterious lyrics, raw Paul McCartney-Lennon harmonies, and crunching...

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Deep Beatles: "Mean Mr. Mustard," from Abbey Road (1969)

As "Sun King" quietly fades, a drum kickstarts this darkly humorous track: "Mean Mr. Mustard," a John Lennon composition dating to 1968. His own harshest critic, Lennon later...

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Deep Beatles: "Sun King" from Abbey Road (1969)

Next in the Abbey Road medley is one of the Beatles' most beautiful yet mysterious tracks, "Sun King." In later years, John Lennon dismissed "Sun King" as "a piece of garbage I...

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Deep Beatles: "Because" from Abbey Road (1969)

For the next several columns, I will closely examine the legendary Abbey Road medley, their 16-minute magnum opus comprised of numerous song fragments. Where did these short...

Editorials

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Gimme Five: Things the Music Industry Can Learn from 'Weird Al' Yankovic - Something Else!

Parody artist "Weird Al" Yankovic recently found himself at a crossroads: He had a new album, Mandatory Fun, to promote, but how? Just over 30 years ago, the answer was simple:...

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For all of his talent, Kurt Cobain was not the spokesman for my generation - Something Else!

I was finishing my senior year in college, and remember watching MTV's announcement of Kurt Cobain's suicide, 20 years ago today. I admit I wasn't surprised, as he always seemed...

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On Miley Cyrus' oversexualized new video for "We Can't Stop": Please, stop

After hearing about it, I finally watched the video to Miley Cyrus' new single "We Can't Stop." Here's my beef: I get the whole breaking away from Hannah Montana thing. I...

Blogcritics

Spread the Word: Banned Books Week, September 24-October 1, 2011

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Meta Sampling: The Sincerest Form of Flattery, or Mere Copying?

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Rock and Roll: An Endangered Species?

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Celebrate Your Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week

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Reevaluating Nineties Music: Trivial or Noteworthy?

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The Evolving Definition of Radio