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Van Morrison says The Beatles were peripheral
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 03/04/09 1:00 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In a new interview today in The New Yorker, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, author, poet and multi-instrumentalist Van Morrison, in speaking about the roots of rock and roll, said that it's wrong to refer to an artist like Lonnie Donegan as "pre-Beatles rock and roll".

"That's a cliche," he said. "I don't think 'pre-Beatles' means anything, because there was stuff before them. Over here, you have a different slant. You measure things in terms of the Beatles. We don't think music started there. Rolling Stone magazine does, because it's their mythology. The Beatles were peripheral. If you had more knowledge about music, it didn't really mean anything. To me, it was meaningless."

On Monday night, Morrison was the musical guest for the premiere of Jimmy Fallon's late-night TV program. He had not previously heard of Fallon, whose inexperience as a talk-show host he said he found appealing.

You can read the full New Yorker interview here.

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