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Dave Grohl Credits The Beatles For His Decision To Become A Musician

Written by Marc Zanotti on 25th July, 2012

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Today a new Beatles’ compilation titled Tomorrow Never Knows was released exclusively on iTunes. As noted by Loudwire, the new release is 14 tracks strong and is comprised of what has been labelled as The Beatles’ ‘most powerful rock songs’ including Helter Skelter, Paperback Writer and a promo mini film for Hey Bulldog.

In this day & age of music accessibility and the ease in which a playlist can be made a compilation album it may seem like an obsolete concept, but Tomorrow Never Knows also includes a digital letter written by Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl. In the letter Grohl credits The Beatles with inspiring him to become a musician and the enjoyment he has experienced introducing The Fab Four to his daughter.

Grohl concludes the letter by calling The Beatles “the most important rock band of all time”.

Music Feeds has posted the letter below for your reading pleasure.

Read: Dave Grohl’s Digital Letter – From The Beatles’ new compilation album Tomorrow Never Knows

If it weren’t for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. It’s as simple as that. From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything. They knew no boundaries, and in that freedom they seemed to define what we now know today as ‘Rock and Roll’.

Recently I showed my 6-year-old daughter, Violet, the brilliant Yellow Submarine movie. It was her introduction to The Beatles, and she instantly shared the same fascination I felt when I was her age discovering The Beatles for the first time. She wanted to know their names, which instruments they played, who sang what song, etc etc etc….it made me so incredibly happy (and proud!). Within days she knew the verses and choruses to every song on the album. But, there was one song that stood out for her….

‘Hey Bulldog’ is not one of The Beatles’ greatest hits. It’s what most people would consider a ‘deep cut’. But it is a quintessential Beatles rocker. The rolling bass line, the trademark Ringo drum fills, the gritty distorted guitar, and that sound that only the back of Lennon’s throat could produce. It stomps. It grooves. It makes your head bob. It makes your hips shake. When Lennon sings, ‘If you’re lonely you can talk to me!’ it soothes your heart, like you’ve finally found something to believe in. It’s so raw and real. It is 100% timeless Rock and Roll…

From one generation to the next, The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time.

Just ask Violet.

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