Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World
NPR Best Book of 2017
Winner of the 2017 Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism
“This is the best book about the Beatles ever written” —Mashable
Rob Sheffield, the Rolling Stone columnist and bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape offers an entertaining, unconventional look at the most popular band in history, the Beatles, exploring what they mean...more
It was never a pressing need for me to read any book about the Beatles. Born in northern Michigan in a small fishing town back in 1953, I grew up with them. It feels like only yesterday when as a thirteen year-old boy I made my way downtown to Loeffler’s Electronics to pick up my pre-ordered copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It felt like precious cargo walking home with that LP tucked under my arm. When I placed it on the turntable in the base ...more
Dreaming the Beatles felt more like a personal attack on Paul McCartney and a love letter to John Lennon (with very average opinions of Ringo and George sprinkled in) with no new anecdotes, stories; or musings. It was recycled material, as many Beatle ...more
Here's the thing about The Beatle ...more
I bought this based on the recommendation of a friend who proclaimed that he learned so much new information about the Beatles (first chapter, according to him). I didn’t learn much I didn’t know already. The Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da story was new to me and I was happy to learn that one. I’m still not sure it was worth the price.
While I can’t say I regret reading the book, I do kind of regret buying it. There’s not much new here. While it’s interesting to read another super fan’s ...more
I've always loved The Beatles. First as a fan, always as a fan. How much as a fan? Well, I was delighted to find a subscription to Sirius/XM Radio in my new car, early this month, and I promptly tuned it to MSNBC. Until The Beatles channel checked in on May 18, and that's what I listen to when I'm driving now. Even when I'm not driving -- I just came in from my driveway, because I wanted to hear the end of "Baby You Can Drive My Car". I'd probably ...more
He handles relationships very lightly. John and Paul as young boys were very complicated. They deserved more than a few paragraphs.
Save your book money for another book. If you must review this, go to the library or borrow it — you will thank me.
It's before my time however they are in their own right legends and Paul still carries on so even now in the 21st century they are still a popular band.
Each song represented and evoked a personal emotion for the author and it showed.
The Beatles it's said , " They invented breaking up. They invented long hair. They invented drugs." They invented in essence what rock stars do and don't do.
John a ...more
His first book, Love is a Mix ...more