This week I learned

This week I learned it wasn't originally supposed to be a 'Midnight Train to Georgia,' and more

Lauren Hansen
February 13, 2014
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Read more about the facts mentioned:

Anatomy of a song: 'Midnight Train to Georgia' (The Wall Street Journal)

Book review: 'Respect Yourself,' by Robert Gordon (The Wall Street Journal)

How 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' revolutionized pop (Slate)

An insider's account of The Beatles' American invasion (Newsweek)

An interview with Brian Wilson (A.V. Club)

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