‘Dull and unremarkable’ or ‘just fab’? Readers on the Beatles’ Now and Then

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Guardian readers share their very varied responses to the ‘final’ single by the 60s superstars

As soon as I heard John’s voice in the opening lines, I was transported back to December 1980. A 16-year-old schoolboy sitting in a small empty cafe in an outer southern suburb of Brisbane listening to the track Starting Over on the juke box and mourning my songwriting hero’s death. This new song sounds like it could’ve been on the Double Fantasy album. Now and Then has a recurring dreamy quality and Ringo’s beat is beautifully calm, supportive and understated. It filled me with immense joy, sadness and reflection. The beauty of music. Robert Lastdrager, 59, Montmorency, Melbourne

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