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Living Life Without Loving the Beatles: A Survivor's Guide
by Gary Hall
This book is a satirical and sometimes surreal self-help guide, which as well as challenging the orthodox perception of the Beatles' status, presents an oppressed minority with a complete defence strategy for dealing with any Fab Four fans reluctant to give peace a chance. By breaking Beatles' fans down into seven key groups, the author offers an invaluable insight into th ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Equinox Publishing (UK)
(first published July 28th 2005)
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I read this on my lunch hour, it's that kind of book. I wonder why--with attention spans supposedly at an all-time low--so many books one sees are essentially five-to-10-page articles expanded to 100 or 200 pages? Hall, a Liverpool native, does do a nice job of teasing Anglophile American Beatlemaniacs who have "red pillar box syndrome." (He himself seems to have the reverse syndrome--he loves Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Townes van Zandt, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, and loads of other American ar ...more
This is an AMAZING book and I am an avid Beatles fan. Hall masterfully breaks down the popular arguments defending some sort of Beatle supremacy (with skill that could instruct many philosophers). Brilliantly capped with his "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" rites of passage.