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The Beatles and Philosophy: Nothing You Can Think that Can't Be Thunk (Popular Culture and Philosophy #25)
The most popular musical group of all time, the Beatles also brought serious thought to the bubble gum-scented world of pop and rock music, with adventurous, profound, and sometimes mysterious lyrics that veered from the deliberate absurdity of “I Am the Walrus” to the rosy Rousseau-like fantasy of “When I’m 64” to the darkly existential/nihilist visions of “Eleanor Rigby” ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 25th 2006 by Open Court
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I'm honestly surprised about this book. I thought I was going to hate it, but actually it wasn't too bad. The biggest problem I had with this book is that it took too long to get into. Like, when I would actually sit down and read it, I could get into it very easily, and before I knew it would be a good ten pages or more into it, but that's just it. I couldn't really get into it to want to start reading. For the first Philosophy book I've read, it was a good start. It was very intriguing. The su ...more
I mostly read this book while visiting China with my parents. It was not as good as the U2 and Philosophy book, and I'm not just saying that because my Master's thesis advisor had an essay in the U2 book. Now, U2 will always be number two for me after The Beatles, but I think that possibly U2's music, their lyrics certainly, are more fertile ground for a pop culture philosophy book. I really think that to really appreciate The Beatles music a culturally- or musically-focused study is your best b ...more
Certainly gained a much deeper insight on Beatles and their songwriting. The amount of thought and research done on them is quite astonishing. It's excellent, they also give much in-depth information and many reasons for their deductions from the Beatles' lyrics. There are two ways of appreciating the Beatles fully : One is to simply listen to their music, the other is to know what went on behind making their music.
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