Dreaming the Beatles

Dreaming the Beatles
Author: Rob Sheffield
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2017-04-25
ISBN: 0062207679
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dreaming the Beatles Book Excerpt:

An NPR Best Book of the Year • Winner of the Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism “This is the best book about the Beatles ever written” —Mashable Rob Sheffield, the Rolling Stone columnist and bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape offers an entertaining, unconventional look at the most popular band in history, the Beatles, exploring what they mean today and why they still matter so intensely to a generation that has never known a world without them. Dreaming the Beatles is not another biography of the Beatles, or a song-by-song analysis of the best of John and Paul. It isn’t another exposé about how they broke up. It isn’t a history of their gigs or their gear. It is a collection of essays telling the story of what this ubiquitous band means to a generation who grew up with the Beatles music on their parents’ stereos and their faces on T-shirts. What do the Beatles mean today? Why are they more famous and beloved now than ever? And why do they still matter so much to us, nearly fifty years after they broke up? As he did in his previous books, Love is a Mix Tape, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, and Turn Around Bright Eyes, Sheffield focuses on the emotional connections we make to music. This time, he focuses on the biggest pop culture phenomenon of all time—The Beatles. In his singular voice, he explores what the Beatles mean today, to fans who have learned to love them on their own terms and not just for the sake of nostalgia. Dreaming the Beatles tells the story of how four lads from Liverpool became the world’s biggest pop group, then broke up—but then somehow just kept getting bigger. At this point, their music doesn’t belong to the past—it belongs to right now. This book is a celebration of that music, showing why the Beatles remain the world’s favorite thing—and how they invented the future we’re all living in today.

A Women s History of the Beatles

A Women   s History of the Beatles
Author: Christine Feldman-Barrett
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-01-28
ISBN: 1501348051
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Women s History of the Beatles Book Excerpt:

A Women's History of the Beatles is the first book to offer a detailed presentation of the band's social and cultural impact as understood through the experiences and lives of women. Drawing on a mix of interviews, archival research, textual analysis, and autoethnography, this scholarly work depicts how the Beatles have profoundly shaped and enriched the lives of women, while also reexamining key, influential female figures within the group's history. Organized topically based on key themes important to the Beatles story, each chapter uncovers the varied and multifaceted relationships women have had with the band, whether face-to-face and intimately or parasocially through mediated, popular culture. Set within a socio-historical context that charts changing gender norms since the early 1960s, these narratives consider how the Beatles have affected women's lives across three generations. Providing a fresh perspective of a well-known tale, this is a cultural history that moves far beyond the screams of Beatlemania to offer a more comprehensive understanding of what the now iconic band has meant to women over the course of six decades.

The Beatles and Sixties Britain

The Beatles and Sixties Britain
Author: Marcus Collins
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 370
Release: 2020-03-31
ISBN: 1108477240
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beatles and Sixties Britain Book Excerpt:

In this rigorous study, Marcus Collins reconceives the Beatles' social, cultural and political impact on sixties Britain.

Fandom and The Beatles

Fandom and The Beatles
Author: Kenneth Womack,Kit O'Toole
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2021-02-26
ISBN: 0190917881
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fandom and The Beatles Book Excerpt:

More than 50 years after their breakup, the Beatles are still attracting fans from various generations, all while retaining their original fan base from the 1960s. Why have those first-generation fans continued following the Beatles and are now introducing their grandchildren to the group? Why are current teens affected by the band's music? And perhaps most importantly, how and why do the Beatles continue to resonate with successive generations? Unlike other bands of their era, the Beatles seem permanently frozen in time, having never descended into "nostalgia act" territory. Instead, even after the announcement of the band's breakup in 1970, the group has maintained its cultural and musical relevance. Their timeless quality appeals to younger generations while maintaining the loyalty of older fans. While the Beatles indeed represent a specific time period, their music and words address issues as meaningful today as they were during the Summer of Love: politics, war, sex, drugs, art, and creative liberation. As the first anthology to assess the nature of fan response and the band's enduring appeal, Fandom and the Beatles: The Act You've Known for All These Years defines and explores these unique qualities and the key ways in which this particular pop fusion has inspired such loyalty and multigenerational popularity.

Because

Because
Author: Mark R. Brewer
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 332
Release: 2021-06-06
ISBN: 1664170391
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Because Book Excerpt:

As a devoted fan of the lads from Liverpool, Mark considers himself an expert on their songs, both with the Beatles and during their solo careers. He has selected his favorite forty songs and tells their story in each chapter.

What Goes on

What Goes on
Author: Walter Everett,Tim Riley
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019
ISBN: 0190949872
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What Goes on Book Excerpt:

In a stretch of just seven years, the Beatles recorded hundreds of songs which tower above those of their worthy peers as both the product of cultural leadership and an artistic reflection of their turbulent age, the1960s. Walter Everett and Tim Riley's What Goes On: The Beatles, Their Music, and Their Time blends historical narrative, musicology, and music analysis to tell the full story of the Beatles and how they redefined pop music. The book traces the Beatles' development chronologically, marking the band's involvement with world events such as the Vietnam War, strides in overcoming racial segregation, gender stereotyping, student demonstrations, and the generation gap. It delves deeply into their body of work, introducing the concepts of musical form, instrumentation, harmonic structure, melodic patterns, and rhythmic devices in a way that is accessible to musicians and non-musicians alike. Close readings of specific songs highlight the tensions between imagination and mechanics, songwriting and technology, and through the book's musical examples, listeners will learn how to develop strategies for creating their own rich interpretations of the potential meanings behind their favorite songs. Videos hosted on the book's companion website offer full definitions and performance demonstrations of all musical concepts discussed in the text, and interactive listening guides illustrate track details in real-time listening. The unique multimedia approach of What Goes On reveals just how great this music was in its own time, and why it remains important today as a body of singular achievement.

PEOPLE The Beatles

PEOPLE The Beatles
Author: The Editors of PEOPLE
Publsiher: Time Inc. Books
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2017-06-23
ISBN: 1683309944
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

PEOPLE The Beatles Book Excerpt:

Fifty years ago, the Beatles introduced Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, now considered one of the greatest rock albums of all time. This special edition explores their Summer of Love masterpiece, with the stories behind the songs, interviews with the band, and a complete who's who of the crowded-with-pop-culture-icons album cover. It's hard to believe that all these groundbreaking songs first appeared on just one album: "With a Little Help from My Friends," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "A Day in the Life" and the rest of this classic lineup. Packed with glowing photos of John, Paul, George and Ringo, plus all of the friends who helped them get by, this is the perfect keepsake for Beatles fans everywhere.

The Beatles and the 1960s

The Beatles and the 1960s
Author: Kenneth L. Campbell
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2021-08-12
ISBN: 135010745X
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beatles and the 1960s Book Excerpt:

The Beatles are widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history and their career has been the subject of many biographies. Yet the band's historical significance has not received sustained academic treatment to date. In The Beatles' Reception in the 1960s, Kenneth L. Campbell uses the Beatles as a lens through which to explore the sweeping, panoramic history of the social, cultural and political transformations that occurred in the 1960s. It draws on audience reception theory and untapped primary source material, including student newspapers, to understand how listeners would have interpreted the Beatles' songs and albums not only in Britain and the United States, but also globally. Taking a year-by-year approach, each chapter analyses the external influences the Beatles absorbed, consciously or unconsciously, from the culture surrounding them. Some key topics include race relations, gender dynamics, political and cultural upheavals, the Vietnam War and the evolution of rock music and popular culture. The book will also address the resurgence of the Beatles' popularity in the 1980s, as well as the relevance of The Beatles' ideals of revolutionary change to our present day. This is essential reading for anyone looking for an accessible yet rigorous study of the historical relevance of the Beatles in a crucial decade of social change.

Take a Sad Song

Take a Sad Song
Author: James Campion
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2022-05-15
ISBN: 1493062387
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take a Sad Song Book Excerpt:

In Take a Sad Song: The Emotional Currency of "Hey Jude," James Campion dives deeply into the song's origins, recording, visual presentation, impact, and eventual influence, while also discovering what makes "Hey Jude" a classic musical expression of personal comfort and societal unity conceived by a master songwriter, Paul McCartney. Within its melodic brilliance and lyrical touchstones of empathy and nostalgia resides McCartney's personal and professional relationship with his childhood friend and songwriting partner, John Lennon, and their simultaneous pursuit of the women who would complete them. There are also clues to the growing turmoil within the Beatles and their splintering generation scarred by war, assassination, and virulent protest. Campion's journey into the song includes the insights of academic experts and professors in the field of musicology, sociology, philosophy, psychology, and history. Campion also reveals commentary from noted Beatles authors, biographers, music historians, and journalists and, finally, a peek into the craft of songwriting from a host of talented composers across several generations. Take a Sad Song is a tribute to how a song can define, inspire, and affect us in ways we do not always fully comprehend, as well as a celebration of a truly amazing track in the Beatles canon that reveals one band's genius and underscores its lasting voice in our cultural and musical landscape.

Teaching the Beatles

Teaching the Beatles
Author: Paul O Jenkins,Hugh Jenkins
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2018-05-30
ISBN: 1351333321
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Teaching the Beatles Book Excerpt:

Teaching the Beatles is designed to provide ideas for instructors who teach the music of the Beatles. Experienced contributors describe varied approaches to effectively convey the group’s characteristics and lasting importance. Some of these include: treating the Beatles’ lyrics as poetry; their influence on the world of art, film, fashion and spirituality; the group’s impact on post-war Britain; political aspects of the Fab Four; Lennon and McCartney’s songwriting and musical innovations; the band’s use of recording technology; business aspects of the Beatles’ career; and insights into teaching the Beatles in an online format.

The 1960s Key Themes and Documents

The 1960s  Key Themes and Documents
Author: James S. Olson
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 315
Release: 2018-04-30
ISBN: 1440860424
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The 1960s Key Themes and Documents Book Excerpt:

This volume serves as an invaluable study guide covering all of the key political, social, and cultural concepts of the turbulent 1960s. • Provides for ease of reference through rigorous thematic tagging of encyclopedic entries, period chronology, and primary documents • Helps readers to study a key period of American history • Features additional elements such as a sample document-based essay question and tips for answering document-based essay questions

The Beatles

The Beatles
Author: Judy Dodge Cummings
Publsiher: ABDO
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2020-12-15
ISBN: 1532179898
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beatles Book Excerpt:

This history of the Beatles highlights the band's career and cultural impact. Readers learn about the band's roots in Liverpool, its role in the British Invasion, and the creation of iconic albums. Engaging text, historic photographs, and illuminating sidebars bring the story of the Beatles to life. Features include a timeline, glossary, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

Kooks and Degenerates on Ice

Kooks and Degenerates on Ice
Author: Thomas J. Whalen
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-05-13
ISBN: 1538110296
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kooks and Degenerates on Ice Book Excerpt:

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Boston Bruins’ 1970 Stanley Cup championship season by reliving all the moments in Kooks and Degenerates on Ice. While the United States seethed from racial violence, war, and mass shootings, the 1969-70 “Big, Bad Bruins,” led by the legendary Bobby Orr, brushed off their perennial losing ways to defeat the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals for their first championship in 29 years. In Kooks and Degenerates on Ice: Bobby Orr, the Big Bad Bruins, and the Stanley Cup Championship That Transformed Hockey, Thomas J. Whalen recounts all the memorable moments from that championship season. Behind the no-nonsense yet inspired leadership of head coach Harry Sinden, the once laughingstock Bruins became the talk of the sporting world. Nicknamed the “Big, Bad Bruins” for their propensity to out-brawl and intimidate their opponents, the team rallied around the otherworldly play of Bobby Orr and his hard-hitting teammates to take the NHL by surprise in a season to remember. Kooks and Degenerates on Ice brings to life all the colorful personalities and iconic players from this Stanley Cup-raising team. In addition, the season is placed into its historical context as the United States struggled with issues of war, race, politics, and class, making this a must-read for sports enthusiasts, hockey fans, and those interested in twentieth-century American history.

John Lennon

John Lennon
Author: Jeff Burlingame
Publsiher: Enslow Publishing, LLC
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2017-12-15
ISBN: 0766095649
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

John Lennon Book Excerpt:

This comprehensive biography by award-winning author Jeff Burlingame explores the life of John Lennon, whose music and life story still resonate and remain popular with both young and old fans, nearly four decades after his untimely death in 1980. He was known foremost as a musician, but played many roles during his too-short life. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Lennon was a founding member of The Beatles, a solo musician, a peace activist, and a stay-at-home father to son Sean in his adopted hometown of New York City. He left a mark on popular culture that is without parallel.

Creepy Crawling

Creepy Crawling
Author: Jeffrey Melnick
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2018-07-17
ISBN: 1628728949
Category: True Crime
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Creepy Crawling Book Excerpt:

"Creepy crawling" was the Manson Family's practice of secretly entering someone's home and, without harming anyone, leaving only a trace of evidence that they had been there, some reminder that the sanctity of the private home had been breached. Now, author Jeffrey Melnick reveals just how much the Family creepy crawled their way through Los Angeles in the sixties and then on through American social, political, and cultural life for close to fifty years, firmly lodging themselves in our minds. Even now, it is almost impossible to discuss the sixties, teenage runaways, sexuality, drugs, music, California, and even the concept of family without referencing Manson and his "girls." Not just another history of Charles Manson, Creepy Crawling explores how the Family weren't so much outsiders but emblematic of the Los Angeles counterculture freak scene, and how Manson worked to connect himself to the mainstream of the time. Ever since they spent two nights killing seven residents of Los Angeles—what we now know as the "Tate-LaBianca murders"—the Manson family has rarely slipped from the American radar for long. From Emma Cline's The Girls to the recent TV show Aquarius, the family continues to find an audience. What is it about Charles Manson and his family that captivates us still? Author Jeffrey Melnick sets out to answer this question in this fascinating and compulsively readable cultural history of the Family and their influence from 1969 to the present.

Charles Manson s Creepy Crawl

Charles Manson s Creepy Crawl
Author: Jeffrey Melnick
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 456
Release: 2019-07-23
ISBN: 1948924773
Category: True Crime
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Charles Manson s Creepy Crawl Book Excerpt:

With a new epilogue updated from its hardcover edition titled Creepy Crawling: Charles Manson and the Many Lives of America's Most Infamous Family "Creepy crawling" was the Manson Family's practice of secretly entering someone's home, and without harming anyone, leaving only a trace of evidence that they had been there, some reminder that the sanctity of the private home had been breached. Now, author Jeffrey Melnick reveals just how much the Family creepy crawled their way through Los Angeles in the sixties and then on through American social, political, and cultural life for fifty years, firmly lodging themselves in our minds. Even now, it is almost impossible to discuss the sixties, teenage runaways, sexuality, drugs, music, California, or even the concept of family without referencing Manson and his "girls." Not just another Charles Manson history, Charles Manson's Creepy Crawl: The Many Lives of America's Most Infamous Family explores how the Family weren't so much outsiders as emblematic of the Los Angeles counterculture freak scene, and how Manson worked to connect himself to the mainstream of the time. Ever since they spent two nights killing seven residents of Los Angeles—what we now know as the "Tate-LaBianca murders"—the Manson family has rarely slipped from the American radar for long. From Emma Cline's The Girls to the TV show Aquarius, as well as two major films in 2019, including Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the family continues to find an audience. What is it about Charles Manson and his family that captivates us still? Author Jeffrey Melnick sets out to answer this question in this fascinating and compulsively readable cultural history of the Family and their influence from 1969 to the present.

Songbooks

Songbooks
Author: Eric Weisbard
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 552
Release: 2021-04-23
ISBN: 147802139X
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Songbooks Book Excerpt:

In Songbooks, critic and scholar Eric Weisbard offers a critical guide to books on American popular music from William Billings's 1770 New-England Psalm-Singer to Jay-Z's 2010 memoir Decoded. Drawing on his background editing the Village Voice music section, coediting the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and organizing the Pop Conference, Weisbard connects American music writing from memoirs, biographies, and song compilations to blues novels, magazine essays, and academic studies. The authors of these works are as diverse as the music itself: women, people of color, queer writers, self-educated scholars, poets, musicians, and elites discarding their social norms. Whether analyzing books on Louis Armstrong, the Beatles, and Madonna; the novels of Theodore Dreiser, Gayl Jones, and Jennifer Egan; or varying takes on blackface minstrelsy, Weisbard charts an alternative history of American music as told through its writing. As Weisbard demonstrates, the most enduring work pursues questions that linger across time period and genre—cultural studies in the form of notes on the fly, on sounds that never cease to change meaning.

Fugazi s In on the Kill Taker

Fugazi s In on the Kill Taker
Author: Joe Gross
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2018-05-19
ISBN: 1501321412
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fugazi s In on the Kill Taker Book Excerpt:

By June 1993, when Washington, D.C.'s Fugazi released their third full-length album In on the Kill Taker, the quartet was reaching a thunderous peak in popularity and influence. With two EPs (combined into the classic CD 13 songs) and two albums (1990's genre-defining Repeater and 1991's impressionistic follow-up Steady Diet of Nothing) inside of five years, Fugazi was on creative roll, astounding increasingly large audiences as they toured, blasting fist-pumping anthems and jammy noise-workouts that roared into every open underground heart. When the album debuted on the now-SoundScan-driven charts, Fugazi had never been more in the public eye. Few knew how difficult it had been to make this popular breakthrough. Disappointed with the sound of the self-produced Steady Diet, the band recorded with legendary engineer Steve Albini, only to scrap the sessions and record at home in D.C. with Ted Niceley, their brilliant, under-known producer. Inadvertently, Fugazi chose an unsure moment to make In on the Kill Taker: as Nirvana and Sonic Youth were yanking the American rock underground into the media glare, and “breaking” punk in every possible meaning of the word. Despite all of this, Kill Taker became an alt-rock classic in spite of itself, even as its defiant, muscular sound stood in stark contrast to everything represented by the mainstreaming of a culture and worldview they held dear. This book features new interviews with all four members of Fugazi and members of their creative community.

Artificial Paradise The Dark Side of the Beatles Utopian Dream

Artificial Paradise  The Dark Side of the Beatles  Utopian Dream
Author: Kevin Courrier
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2008-12-30
ISBN: 0313345872
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Artificial Paradise The Dark Side of the Beatles Utopian Dream Book Excerpt:

There is an epigram in this book from the Phil Ochs song, "Crucifixion", about the Kennedy assassination, that states: I fear to contemplate that beneath the greatest love, lies a hurricane of hate. On February 11th 1963, the Beatles recorded "There's a Place", a dazzling, unheralded tune which was included on their electrifying debut album, Please Please Me. This song firmly laid the foundation on which a huge utopian dream of the sixties would be built. Within that dream, however, also lay the seeds of a darker vision that would emerge out of the very counterculture that the Beatles and their music helped create. Thus, even as their music attracted adoring fans, it also enticed the murderous ambitions of Charles Manson; and though the Beatles may have inspired others to form bands, their own failed hopes ultimately led to their breakup. The disillusionment with the sixties, and the hopes associated with the group, would many years later culminate in the assassination of John Lennon and the attempted slaying of George Harrison by deranged and obsessive fans. In this incisive examination, author Kevin Courrier (Dangerous Kitchen: the Subversive World of Zappa, Randy Newman's American Dreams) examines how the Fab Four, through their astonishing music and comically rebellious personalities, created the promise of an inclusive culture built on the principles of pleasure and fulfillment. By taking us through their richly inventive catalogue, Courrier illustrates how the Beatles' startling impact on popular culture built a bond with audiences that was so strong, people today continue to either cling nostalgically to it, or struggle — and often struggle violently — to escape its influence.

The Beatles Off The Record 2 The Dream is Over

The Beatles  Off The Record 2   The Dream is Over
Author: Keith Badman
Publsiher: Omnibus Press
Total Pages: 612
Release: 2009-12-15
ISBN: 0857121022
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beatles Off The Record 2 The Dream is Over Book Excerpt:

This book compiles more outrageous opinions and unrehearsed interviews from the former Beatles and the people who surrounded them. Keith Badman unearths a treasury of Beatles sound bites and points-of-view, taken from the post break up years. Includes insights from Yoko Ono, Linda McCartney, Barbara Bach and many more.