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McCartney by Chris Salewicz
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The Beatles' Abbey Road Medley by Thomas Macfarlane
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The Beatles' Abbey Road Medley by Thomas Macfarlane
"I plan to find this, obtain it and, perhaps, even flip through a page or two.
My co-workers often are treated, by myself, to an impromptu rendition of Ringo's drum solo from the ABBEY ROAD medley.
If you're wondering why I might not read the whole b..." Read more of this review »
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As in tas by Jelle Brandt Corstius
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Iets zeggen over dit boek is niet zo gemakkelijk.

Aandoenlijk boekje, waarin Jelle heel eerlijk en open is over zijn eigen gevoel, en wat toevallig bij mij ook meer nog dan associaties vooral herkenning opriep. Het is de herkenning die voor mij blijft
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As in tas by Jelle Brandt Corstius
"Tentamens waren voorbij, studiefinanciering stond weer op mijn rekening en na een dag werken belandde ik daarom weer 'ns in een boekhandel in Amstelveen. Daar lag As in tas, waar al eerder die week over was gesproken in DWDD. Bij het kijken van di..." Read more of this review »
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The True Story of the Beatles by Billy Shepherd
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On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
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The Beatles by W. Fraser Sandercombe
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‘The Beatles Press Reports’ by W. Fraser Sandercombe presents a collection of historical media pieces, chronicling the lives and careers of the Beatles, as seen through the lens of popular British music publications such as Disc and Music Echo, Melod ...more
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Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation by Philip Norman
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Verhaal van een leven, deel 1 by Konstantin Paustovsky
"Verhaal van een leven is de even eenvoudige als doeltreffende titel van deze uitgave in de Russische Bibliotheek met daarin opgenomen, in herziene vertaling, de eerste twee boeken met herinneringen van Konstantin Paustovski, van zijn vroegste jeug..." Read more of this review »
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Kenneth Womack
“In the end—as in the beginning—it is the authentic performance of the Beatles’ peculiar, elaborate, unfettered art that matters. It is the performance that makes the text possible in the first place, that imbues it with the heartbreaking reality of our transitory existence. It is the impermanence of the moment—rendered seemingly permanent by magnetic tape and celluloid—that is so vexing in its realness that it somehow seems immutable. Take the rooftop concert, with London’s blustery, wintry winds swirling up from the streetscape as John, Paul, George, and Ringo make one last play for greatness after a month of soul-destroying misery. They climbed the stairs above 3 Savile Row and willed a final, breathtaking performance for the ages. It is the primal image of the Beatles having become lost in the pure joy of their sound, just as they had done so many years before in the Cavern and not so very long ago in Studio Two. Everything else—the gossip, the intrigue, the emotional collapse—suddenly becomes moot, irrelevant even, as Ringo keeps the backbeat strong and true on his Ludwigs, while George furrows his brow as he drives his Rosewood Telecaster home. And John and Paul, smiling at each other across the staves of memory, play their hearts out one more time. The rest is silence.”
Kenneth Womack, Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles

Allan Bloom
“Picture a thirteen-year-old boy sitting in the living room of his family home doing his math assignment while wearing his Walkman headphones or watching MTV. He enjoys the liberties hard won over centuries by the alliance of philosophic genius and political heroism, consecrated by the blood of martyrs; he is provided with comfort and leisure by the most productive economy ever known to mankind; science has penetrated the secrets of nature in order to provide him with the marvelous, lifelike electronic sound and image reproduction he is enjoying. And in what does progress culminate? A pubescent child whose body throbs with orgasmic rhythms; whose feelings are made articulate in hymns to the joys of onanism or the killing of parents; whose ambition is to win fame and wealth in imitating the drag-queen who makes the music. In short, life is made into a nonstop, commercially prepackaged masturbational fantasy.”
Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind
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Allan Bloom
“The real community of man, in the midst of all the self-contradictory simulacra of community, is the community of those who seek the truth, of the potential knowers...of all men to the extent they desire to know. But in fact, this includes only a few, the true friends, as Plato was to Aristotle at the very moment they were disagreeing about the nature of the good...They were absolutely one soul as they looked at the problem. This, according to Plato, is the only real friendship, the only real common good. It is here that the contact people so desperately seek is to be found...This is the meaning of the riddle of the improbable philosopher-kings. They have a true community that is exemplary for all other communities.”
Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

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