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The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles


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Anthony DeCurtis, Kenneth Womack, Dave Laing, Jerry Zolten, Howard Kramer, James M. Decker, Russell Reising, Jim LeBlanc, Ian Inglis, Steve Hamelman, Bruce Spizer, Michael Frontani, Walter Everett, Sheila Whiteley, Gary Burns, John Kimsey
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  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521869652

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  • From Please Please Me to Abbey Road, this collection of essays tells the fascinating story of the Beatles – the creation of the band, their musical influences, and their cultural significance, with emphasis on their genesis and practices as musicians, songwriters, and recording artists. Through detailed biographical and album analyses, the book uncovers the background of each band member and provides expansive readings of the band's music. • Traces the group's creative output from their earliest recordings through their career • Pays particular attention to the social and historical factors which contributed to the creation of the band • Investigates the Beatles' unique enduring musical legacy and cultural power • Clearly organized into three sections, covering Background, Works, and History and Influence, the Companion is ideal for course usage, and is also a must-read for all Beatles fans

    • An introductory volume perfect for the many university courses devoted to the Beatles, as well as for Beatles fans
    • Provides biographical analyses, telling the fascinating stories of the bandmates' backgrounds
    • Assesses the band's abiding musical and cultural influences, and their place in popular culture
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    • Winner of the Independent 'Music Book of the Year' 2009

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Recently published by Cambridge University Press, The Cambridge Companion to The Beatles is further evidence of their lingering influence on contemporary culture. … if you are interested in the 1960s and The Beatles, you will enjoy this book.' Shane Creevy, Politico

    'Before delving into this companion, one should have one's LPs, CDs, or iPod handy, because the music should be playing as one reads the book. Womack … and his fellow contributors explain the social phenomenon of the Beatles (individually and collectively) and their music from the four musicians' pre-Beatles world, through the heyday of Beatlemania, to the decisions to quit touring and ultimately break up the band, to the individual careers of the four musicians and the tragedy that ended all hope for the longed-for reunion. The essays offer explanations of the Beatles' 'transformative impact on world culture' and their continuing success four decades after they last recorded together. Whether readers were there at the beginning or are newcomers to the magical mystery world of Beatlemania, this in-depth compendium is a must read … 'toppermost of the poppermost' … Highly recommended.' T. Emery, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521869652
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 13 music examples
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Anthony DeCurtis
    Chronology of the Beatles' lives and works
    Introducing the Beatles Kenneth Womack
    Part I. Background:
    1. Six boys, six Beatles: the formative years, 1950–1962 Dave Laing
    Appendix: the repertoire, 1957–1962
    2. The Beatles as recording artists Jerry Zolten
    Part II. Works:
    3. Rock and roll music Howard Kramer
    4. 'Try thinking more': Rubber Soul and the Beatles' transformation of pop James M. Decker
    5. Magical mystery tours, and other trips: yellow submarines, newspaper taxis, and the Beatles' psychedelic years Russell Reising and Jim LeBlanc
    6. Revolution Ian Inglis
    7. On their way home: the Beatles in 1969 and 1970 Steve Hamelman
    8. Apple records Bruce Spizer
    9. The solo years Michael Frontani
    10. Any time at all: the Beatles' free phrase rhythms Walter Everett
    Appendix: the Beatles' canon on compact disc
    Part III. History and Influence:
    11. The Beatles as zeitgeist Sheila Whiteley
    12. Beatles news: product line extensions and the rock canon Gary Burns
    13. 'An abstraction, like Christmas': the Beatles for sale and for keeps John Kimsey
    General discography.

  • Editor

    Kenneth Womack, Monmouth University, New Jersey
    Kenneth Womack is Professor of English at Penn State University's Altoona College.


    Anthony DeCurtis, Kenneth Womack, Dave Laing, Jerry Zolten, Howard Kramer, James M. Decker, Russell Reising, Jim LeBlanc, Ian Inglis, Steve Hamelman, Bruce Spizer, Michael Frontani, Walter Everett, Sheila Whiteley, Gary Burns, John Kimsey


    • Winner of the Independent 'Music Book of the Year' 2009

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