Andy linked to this delightful alternative time line for the last forty years of popular music. It imagines what might have happened if the Beatles stayed together:
February 11th, 1978. Eventually is released simultaneously in the American and British markets. Some critics find significance in the fact that the first single off the album, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Blow Away,Ã¢â‚¬Â is not a Lennon/McCartney collaboration but instead a George Harrison song; others find themselves underwhelmed and suggest that the Lennon/McCartney Ã¢â‚¬Å“Free As A BirdÃ¢â‚¬Â should have been the first single instead. (Ã¢â‚¬ÂFree As A BirdÃ¢â‚¬Â is released as the second single six weeks later.) Harrison, for his part, says that Ã¢â‚¬Å“Blow AwayÃ¢â‚¬Â was Ã¢â‚¬Å“a lot less of a rockerÃ¢â‚¬Â before Lennon suggested an increase in tempo and Ã¢â‚¬Å“letting Ringo go nuts.Ã¢â‚¬Â No music videos are produced for the album: Lennon says Ã¢â‚¬Å“no, that would be too much bother. We want to have fun with this. WorkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s for our own stuff.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I’m sure these have been done before, but there are a number of creative projects that extend naturally from this kind of ‘what if’ exercise. A book-length version, maybe, or writing songs that the still-together Beatles might have written.