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  • Track Name

    In My Life

  • Album

    Rubber Soul

  • Artist

    The Beatles


"In My Life was, I think, my first real, major piece of work,” John Lennon said. “Up until then it had all been glib and throwaway.” The ballad reflects the serious turn the Beatles took with Rubber Soul, but it specifically arose from a journalist’s challenge: Why don’t you write songs about your life? The original lyrics put Lennon on a bus in Liverpool, “and it was the most boring sort of ‘What I Did on My Holidays Bus Trip’ song,” he said. So Lennon rewrote the lyrics, changing the song into a gorgeous reminiscence about his life before the Beatles. It’s ranked 23rd on Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time


This 1994 documentary highlights a remarkable moment in the history of American music when dozens of America’s jazz legends unexpectedly gathered together for a photograph that would become emblematic of the golden age of jazz. (60 minutes.) 

Join us Friday 25 at noon in the William McGowan Theater. Watch live online ( or join us in person (enter the National Archives Building through the Special Events entrance at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue).

Jazz at the National Archives is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives through the generous support of Natixis Global Asset Management.

Photo by Art Kane, 1958. Courtesy of Jean Bach, Inc.










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