In Their Lives

In Their Lives

Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs

Book - 2017
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The Beatles' influence-on their contemporaries, on our cultural consciousness, and on the music industry ever after-is difficult to overstate. We all have a favourite song from the band that made us want to fall in love, tune in, and follow our dreams. Arranged chronologically by the date of the song's release, these essays highlight both the Beatles' evolution as well as the span of generations their music affected. From Beatlemaniacs who grew up listening to the iconic albums on vinyl to new fans who download the songs on iTunes, each contributor explores a poignant intersection between Beatles history and personal history.

With contributions from twenty-nine authors and musicians-Roz Chast on oShe Loves You,o Jane Smiley on oI Want to Hold Your Hand,o Rosanne Cash on oNo Reply,o Gerald Early on oI'm a Loser,o Rick Moody on oThe End,o Maria Popova on oYellow Submarine,o David Duchovny on oDear Prudence,o Chuck Klosterman on oHelter Skelter,o David Hadju on oYou Know My Name (Look Up the Number),o and more-the breadth of the band's impact is clear. From musings on young love and family strife to explorations of racial boundaries and identity, these essays pay tribute to a band that ran the gamut of human experience in a way no musical group has done before or since.

Timed for the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band , this anthology captures the full spectrum of reasons fans still love the Fab Four after all these years.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735210691
Branch Call Number: 782.421660922 BEATL -I
Characteristics: xv, 300 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Blauner, Andrew


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Aug 19, 2017

An interesting, insightful look at individual Beatles songs from the moptop days to "Let It Be," and their unique impacts on various listeners. Each essay focuses on one particular song as the writer recalls personal details, from being a child experiencing the magic of first discovering the Beatles, or perhaps how another song gained powerful meaning from its relationship to what was currently going on in the listener's life. Thoughtful, entertaining, and fun for any Beatles fan to explore.

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