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Read the Beatles: Classic and New Writings on the Beatles, Their Legacy, and Why They Still Matter

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A must-have volume for all Beatles fans-a career-spanning selection of writings about the Fab Four

There are, of course, many books on the Beatles, but this is the only one available that is a comprehensive, career-spanning collection of journalism about the legendary band, before and after the breakup. Consisting of more than fifty articles, essays, interviews, record and
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Penguin Books (first published October 1st 2006)
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Nov 14, 2015 Jason rated it liked it
This is an interesting way to try to digest a meal that you have eaten millions of times before. There is practically no way in which the Beatles have not been written about, talked about, or been portrayed numerous times over in countless formats. This book offers a diverting departure from the all the post hoc reverence and instead, allows you to come along as genius emerged and became refined.

My personal favorite was reading an early years interview of Ringo Starr from some domesticated groce
Nov 02, 2008 maricar rated it really liked it
A treasure-trove of writings about, and interviews of the Beatles. Insightful in many levels—as those who have experienced the rock'n'roll rebirth that took over the world almost half a century ago, as well as those that only lived to see the remnants of the glory that was the music of the Fab Four, deconstruct what made this band bigger than any other group (and even bigger than themselves) in the heyday of the 60s and 70s, and stretching still into the 21st century. The book holds a certain ap ...more
Jeff Howells
Jan 04, 2015 Jeff Howells rated it really liked it
I've read quite a few books about the Beatles: straightforward biographies or analysis of the songs mainly. This is slightly different as its a collection of essays & pieces of journalism about the Fab Four, some written at time and some written after they'd split. A lot of the pieces are written by Americans and it's an American centric book. Its funny to read the historical pieces (especially from those who thought the Beatles wouldn't last). Mainly the book is a testament to how and why t ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it
Some of the best pieces in this collection are from 1963-1965--dispatches from the Beatlemania front. But nearly everything here is fascinating and fun. Don't miss this book if you love the Beatles and their art.
Oct 19, 2007 Mark rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beatles' lovers
Shelves: music
If you love The Beatles, then check this book out. It's full of articles, old and new, written about the boys. From the first piece ever written about them (during their Cavern days) to articles written after George died, it's a pretty complete set of articles. It's not for everyone, though. There might be a few articles that could sway people over to the "love" stage of things, but overall it would be a little dry for people who aren't really into them.
Among my favorites was the article written
Jun 14, 2008 Jonathan rated it liked it
This compilation of essays about the Beatles, arranged in chronological order, have all been previously published in various books and magazines. The book is a good primer for reading about the band, but if you have read a lot of Beatles stuff already, this book will seem redundant.
Jan 06, 2008 Meg rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of writings on the Beatles from then and now. I enjoyed a look at the mop tops in the midst of Beatlemania as well as now, reflections on how they have molded pop rock, our culture, etc. I recommend it for any Beatles fan!
Jul 27, 2007 Cinco rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, biography
Excellent overview of critical and biographical articles on the Beatles. Pictures would have been a good addition, but overall this worked extremely well as a sort of large-scale introduction to the history of the Beatles.
Dec 28, 2008 Npaw rated it really liked it
Love the fiction, poetry, and essays. The magazine articles would have been fine, but there were way too many of them. Some really great stuff here.
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My guilty pleasure.
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Born in Glasgow, Scotland, June Skinner Sawyers is the author or editor of more than twenty books, many with a Celtic theme, including Celtic Music; Dreams of Elsewhere: The Selected Travel Writings of Robert Louis Stevenson; Praying with Celtic Saints, Prophets, Martyrs, and Poets; The Road North: 300 Years of Classic Scottish Travel Writing; and The Scots of Chicago: Quiet Immigrants and Their N ...more
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