Where did the Beatles get their inspiration?

Peter Asher and the cover of "The Beatles from A to Zed."
Peter Asher is the author “The Beatles From A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour.”
Courtesy Henry Holt and Co.

Peter Asher has his own, storied credentials: He’s a Grammy Award-winning producer for artists like James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, half of the singing duo of Peter and Gordon.

But it was his weekly SiriusXM radio show about the Beatles that inspired him to write a book about the Fab Four. Until then, he had resisted calls for a Beatles-related tome.

"It seems like everyone Beatles-related has written a book," he said. But fans loved his show, where he shared Beatles stories and memories.

Tuesday, Asher joined Kerri Miller to talk about the aspect of the Beatles that seems to pique everyone's interest: What made their music so great? As the Beatles influenced a generation, who influenced them? And who might be the Beatles of today?

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