When I started Beatles Songwriting Academy I had a few goals and a whole load of preconceptions. I thought it would be cool to revisit them once I'd finished all 211 songs and see if they held up. But I'm two years in and still only a quarter of the way through so I've decided to look at them now.
Here were my assumptions I carried when I began
1) The Arctic Monkeys are better songwriters than the Beatles
2) Judging the Beatles for trite lyrics is merely a result of unfairly comparing song lyrics to printed poetry
3) George Harrison could have been as good a songwriter as Lennon and McCartney (and was later) but wasn't given a fair chance
4) John Lennon gave up songwriting to be a house husband and was just coming into his prime when he was killed
5) None of the Beatles were very good players. Especially Ringo
6) Sergeant Pepper may be a classic album but I don't really like it, and the individual songs aren't that great
7) The Beatles are overrated
8) The Beatles are the greatest band in history
9) The Beatles were a great live band
10) I want to be Woody Guthrie when I grow up
What do you think gentle readers? Do you agree with these convictions? Two years on do I?
Find out the answers here (1-4) and here (5-10)