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The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men Through Rubber Soul

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This volume is a comprehensive, chronologically-ordered study of every aspect of the musical life of the Beatles - composition, performance, recording and reception histories - from the group's beginnings in 1956 through to 1965. Authoritative interpretations from every available reliable musical source are interwoven through a documentary study of thousands of audio, vide ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2001)
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A thoroughly mediocre book. Everett’s The Beatles as Musicians is a music theorist’s exploration of the Beatles’ music. During the course of the book, Everett tackles all of their songs—from the early days to Rubber Soul—in the order in which they were recorded, including notes on the instrumentation and writing process. But the real meat of this book are Everett’s analyses of the harmonic structure and voice-leading of the music.

In most contexts, I could comfortably say that I have a solid gras
Giff Zimmerman
This is perhaps my favorite book, of any kind, all-time. Each paragraph - sometimes each sentence - contains insightful information about a particular song (or phrase or chord or chord sequence or note or transition within a song) that enabled me to hear or understand that song in a different and much more informed way. Epiphanies abound! One can breeze through the book quickly and very enjoyably; or instead one can pause on a song or a paragraph of the book and listen to the song several times ...more
Joel Ungar
This was fascinating, even if I didn't understand half of it. I've long known that musically the Beatles did things differently, from their own ideas and from synthesizing what they learned from the artists that influenced them. This book goes into musical detail on what makes the songs work and what was going on in them. I read what I could understand.

The book also had many observations and facts I hadn't seen before. I don't think I'm going to tackle the companion book, which goes from Revolve
Rob Hermanowski
See review of other volume (above) - this second volume covered the earlier Beatles music.
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