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The Beatles

Author : Jeremy Roberts
ISBN : 9780761372943
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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As USA TODAY, The Nation s No. 1 Newspaper, puts it, The Beatles have never lost their standing as the world's most influential and popular band. They've sold more records than any act in U.S. history. But in the beginning, few people knew their names. The Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr began as an ambitious band out of Liverpool, England, that wanted to play rock n roll music in the American style. Often rejected by music producers, they honed their sound in the grimy clubs of Hamburg, Germany, and in small venues throughout Britain. In 1962, their single Love Me Do became their first hit, and by 1964 The Beatles were musically on top of the world. The group s look, sound, and musical approach influenced a generation and brought fame beyond the band s wildest dreams. But the stress of their fame and their individual career desires eventually broke up The Beatles in 1970. Yet, the band s popularity remained strong for decades and still shows no sign of waning.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

The Rough Guide To The Beatles

Author : Chris Ingham
ISBN : 1848368585
Genre : Music
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The Beatles are the ultimate band - the most popular, the most respected, the most influential. The Rough Guide to the Beatles covers every aspect of the Fab Four, delving deep into the Beatles music, lyrics, movies and the Beatles solo careers. Features include: The Story: from Liverpool clubs to Beatlemania. The Music: incisive reviews of every Beatles and solo album and new Beatle Music from George Martin's son Giles. The Canon: the inside track on the 50 greatest songs. On Screen: the movies, the promos and the TV appearances and new coverage of the upcoming Rock Band-style video game of Beatle music. The Fifth Beatle: George Martin, Yoko Ono, Magic Alex and other contenders as well as the resignation and death of Neil Aspinall. Beatleology: the best books, the weirdest covers, the most obsessive websites, the obscurest trivia. This updated edition includes new material on Cirque Du Soleil 's acclaimed Love Show - the only officially endorsed Beatles theatrical presentation, Paul McCartney's albums Memory Almost Full, Ecce Cor Meum and Electric Arguments and the media circus surrounding the McCartney/ Mills divorce. All you need is this!
Category: Music

The Beatles From A To Zed

Author : Peter Asher
ISBN : 9781250209580
Genre : Music
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A legendary record producer and performer takes readers on an alphabetical journey of insights into the music of the Beatles and individual reminiscences of John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Peter Asher met the Beatles in the spring of 1963, the start of a lifelong association with the band and its members. He had a front-row seat as they elevated pop music into an art form, and he was present at the creation of some of the most iconic music of our times. But Asher was also a talented musician in his own right, with a great ear for what was new and fresh. Once, when Paul McCartney wrote a song that John Lennon didn’t think was right for the Beatles, Asher asked if he could record it. “A World Without Love” became a global number-one hit for his duo, Peter and Gordon. A few years later Asher was asked by Paul McCartney to help start Apple Records and the first artist Asher discovered and signed up was a young American singer-songwriter named James Taylor. Before long he would be not only managing and producing Taylor but also (having left Apple and moved to Los Angeles) working with Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond, Robin Williams, Joni Mitchell and Cher, among others. In The Beatles from A to Zed, based upon twenty-six episodes of his current and highly popular radio show “From Me to You” on the Beatles Channel of SiriusXM, Peter Asher shares his memories and insights about the Fab Four, weaving his reflections into a whimsical alphabetical journey that focuses not only on songs whose titles start with each letter, but also on recurrent themes in the Beatles’ music, the instruments they played, the innovations they pioneered, the artists who influenced them, the key people in their lives, and the cultural events of the time.
Category: Music

The Beatles

Author : Michael R. Frontani
ISBN : 1604731567
Genre : Music
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The Beatles: Image and the Media charts the transformation of the Beatles from teen idols to leaders of the youth movement and powerful cultural agents. Drawing upon American mainstream print media, broadcasts, albums, films, and videos, the study covers the band's career in the United States. Michael R. Frontani explores how the Beatles' media image evolved and how this transformation related to cultural and historical events. Upon their arrival in the U.S., the Beatles wore sharply tailored suits and cast themselves as adorable, accessible teen heartthrobs. By the end of the decade, they had absorbed the fashion and consciousness of the burgeoning counterculture and were using their interviews, media events, and music to comment on issues such as the Vietnam War, drug culture, and civil rights. Frontani traces the steps that led to this change and comments on how the band's mantra of essential optimism never wavered despite the evolution of its media profile.
Category: Music

The Beatles As Musicians

Author : Walter Everett
ISBN : 0195129415
Genre : Music
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Given the phenomenal fame and commercial success that the Beatles knew for the entire course of their familiar career, their music per se has received surprisingly little detailed attention. Not all of their cultural influence can be traced to long hair and flashy clothing; the Beatles had numerous fresh ideas about melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, form, colors, and textures. Or consider how much new ground was broken by their lyrics alone--both the themes and imagery of the Beatles' poetry are key parts of what made (and still makes) this group so important, so popular, and so imitated. This book is a comprehensive chronological study of every aspect of the Fab Four's musical life--including full examinations of composition, performance practice, recording, and historical context--during their transcendent late period (1966-1970). Rich, authoritative interpretations are interwoven through a documentary study of many thousands of audio, print, and other sources.
Category: Music

Reading The Beatles

Author : Kenneth Womack
ISBN : 0791481964
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Addresses the Beatles' impact on how we think about gender, popular culture, and the formal and poetic qualities of music.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion To The Beatles

Author : Kenneth Womack
ISBN : 9780521869652
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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From Please Please Me to Abbey Road - the fascinating story of the Fab Four's creation, works, and enduring musical legacy.
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Sgt Pepper And The Beatles

Author : Dr Olivier Julien
ISBN : 9781409493822
Genre : Music
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The first concept album in the history of popular music, the soundtrack of the Summer of Love or 'Hippy Symphony No. 1': Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is first and foremost the album that gave rise to 'hopes of progress in pop music' (The Times, 29 May 1967). Sgt. Pepper and the Beatles commemorates the fortieth anniversary of this masterpiece of British psychedelia by addressing issues that will help put the record in perspective. These issues include: reception by rock critics and musicians, the cover, lyrics, songwriting, formal unity, the influence of non-European music and art music, connections with psychedelia and, more generally, the sociocultural context of the 1960s, production, sound engineering and musicological significance. The contributors are world renowned for their work on the Beatles: they examine Sgt. Pepper from the angle of disciplines such as musicology, ethnomusicology, history, sociology, literature, social psychology and cultural theory.
Category: Music

Tall Tales Of The Beatles

Author : Thomas Nowlin Harrison
ISBN : 9781411625938
Genre : Humor
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The spirit of the Beatles lives on in this satire on both the Beatles and their historians! This is a fun book for Beatles fans who are willing to laugh at the music and musicians they love. It's a humorous, irreverent romp, very tongue-in-cheek and not the least bit serious. While it poses as another stodgy analysis of all Beatles compositions, it really has more in common with the Monty Python flavored "Rutles" film. Old-time drawings make it more fun & visually stimulating. A pleasant time is guaranteed for all! Partial Cast: Steve Allen/Julie Andrews/Chet Atkins/Lucille Ball/Orson Bean/Chuck Berry/Victor Buono/Johnny Carson/Eric Clapton/Neil Diamond/Judy Garland/The Stones/LBJ/Tim Leary/Lancelot/Laurel & Hardy/Peggy Lee/Rich Little/Maharishi/Harpo Marx/Rev Moon/Moriarty/Nixon/Elliott Ness/Peter Noone/Elvis/Billy Preston/Claude Rains/Rocky & Bullwinkle/Phyllis Schlaffley/Sinatra/Phil Spector/Tiny Tim/Alan Watts/Tarzan/Lawrence Welk
Category: Humor

The Beatles

Author : Patricia Pirmantgen
ISBN : 0871913984
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Offers individual biographical sketches of the four Beatles with emphasis on their collective careers.
Category: Biography & Autobiography