The Beatles as Musicians
Given the phenomenal fame and commercial success that the Beatles knew for the entire course of their familiar career, their music per se has received surprisingly little detailed attention. Not all of their cultural influence can be traced to long hair and flashy clothing; the Beatles had numerous fresh ideas about melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, form, colors, and...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 29th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published March 31st 1999)
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It is no casual overstatement to say that this book (along with the precursory volume, The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men through Rubber Soul) contains the closest examination of the songs of the Beatles that human minds were meant to behold. Every song it professes to include is included. Each, as a preliminary, is broken down compositionally through key, chord progression and time signature. Each is then parsed to its individual instrumental lines and harmonies. When available, the autho...more
This is one of two books written about the Beatles music from a technical music theory standpoint. I really liked them both, but they are not for the casual fan. Could be of real interest to music majors. This volume covered the middle to late period of the Beatles recordings.