21 Jun 2014

Things We Said Today: The Beatles influence on New Zealand songwriters

From Featured Audio, 4:00 pm on 21 June 2014

Half a century ago, the Beatles changed the course of popular music. But what can bands and songwriters learn from The Beatles today?

Princess Chelsea Lawrence Arabia Tim Finn panorama
Princess Chelsea, Lawrence Arabia, Tim Finn. Images supplied.

“I’ve got this profound memory of listening to that song and it being the first time a chord change made me feel sad.” James Milne a.k.a. Lawrence Arabia on The Beatles song 'If I Fell'.

In Things We Said Today, music critic and journalist Nick Bollinger and New Zealand songwriters Tim Finn, Lawrence Arabia and Princess Chelsea discuss the impact The Beatles have had on their work, and the reasons for the band's enduring influence.

Explore our Beatles New Zealand Tour 1964 collection, and the share memories of NZ Beatles fans.