The Beatles

Their output was more mixed than many critics would like to believe

Rock versus pop, and orchestral numbers versus guitar solos

The Lyrics: the autobiography Paul McCartney never wrote

Forty years on from the death of John Lennon, Dominic Green recounts the tormented life of the last universal Western icon

Joseph Connolly reviews One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time, by Craig Brown

John Lennon’s kicking against the pricks was mere window-dressing

Everything with The Beatles happened at double time, thrilling but draining too, says Sarah Ditum

The original generation of rock ‘n’ rollers remain more interesting than modern stars

If Lennon and McCartney had never met, Britain would have been more boring and less colourful