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Song by the Beatles
from the album Revolver
Released5 August 1966 (1966-08-05)
Recorded21–22 April, 16 May and 21 June 1966
StudioEMI, London
GenreSoul,[1] garage rock,[2] garage psychedelia[3]
LabelParlophone (UK), Capitol (US)
Songwriter(s)George Harrison
Producer(s)George Martin

"Taxman" is a song by English rock band the Beatles. It was first released on their 1966 album Revolver.[4] It was written by George Harrison, with some help from John Lennon. It is about a tax collector taking a lot of money from people. Harrison wrote it because he was being taxed a lot because of Harold Wilson's Labour government.[5] The song was recorded a month after Labour won the 1966 general election.[6]

Personnel[change | change source]

According to Ian MacDonald,[7] except where noted:

References[change | change source]

  1. Ingham 2003, p. 241: "brittle-hard soul music".
  2. The Editors of Rolling Stone 2002, p. 172: "a contagious blast of garage rock".
  3. The Editors of Rolling Stone 2002, p. 200: "Harrison's psyche-garage cruncher".
  4. Lewisohn 2005, p. 84.
  5. Turner 2016, p. 160.
  6. Winn 2009, pp. 12–13.
  7. MacDonald 2005, p. 200.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Winn 2009, p. 13.

Sources[change | change source]

  • Ingham, Chris (2003). The Rough Guide to the Beatles. London: Rough Guides. ISBN 1-84353-140-2.
  • Harrison. New York, NY: Rolling Stone Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-7432-3581-5.
  • Lewisohn, Mark (2005) [1988]. The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962–1970. London: Bounty Books. ISBN 978-0-7537-2545-0.
  • Turner, Steve (2016). Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year. New York, NY: Ecco. ISBN 978-0-06-247558-9.
  • Winn, John C. (2009). That Magic Feeling: The Beatles' Recorded Legacy, Volume Two, 1966–1970. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 978-0-307-45239-9.
  • MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (2nd rev. ed.). London: Pimlico. ISBN 1-84413-828-3.