Beatles revolution in the head

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beatles revolution in the head

Revolution In The Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties by Ian Macdonald

No book has taken us closer to the music of the Beatles Tony Parsons Consistently brilliant SUNDAY TIMES Essential Q The Beatles achievement was so dazzling, so extraordinary, that few have questioned it. Agreement that they were far and away the best pop group ever is all but universal. And nowhere is the spirit of the Sixties - both in its soaring optimism and its drug-spirited introspection - more perfectly expressed than in the Beatles music. Taking all the elements which combined to create each song as it was captured on vinyl - the songwriting process, the stimuli of contemporary pop hits and events, the evolving input from each of the Four, the brilliant innovations pulled off in the studio and, ultimately, the twisting grip of psychedelic drugs - the Beatles are pinpointed, record by record, in precise and fascinating detail against the backdrop of that vibrant era.
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Revolution In The Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties

Conservatively, hundreds of books have been written about the Beatles. In addition to the plethora of autobiographies and biographies, these include children's books, at least two separate volumes on the late '60s "Paul is Dead" hoax, and titles like Earn Extra Money In Your Spare Time Selling Beatles Memorabilia Online. Yet, if necessary, the truly universally essential titles could be grouped into a Nick Hornby-type Top Five, and the late Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties , originally published in , would be among them. In short, it's MacDonald's ingenious tact of cataloging each of the songs the Fab Four ever released, along with a handful they didn't, in order of the original date of recording, and writing an individual analysis of each. This setup plays on what Beatles observers love or loathe most about the band -- the music , stupid! More anecdotal than preeminent Beatles nerd Mark Lewisohn's Beatles Recording Sessions , MacDonald's chronicle can still get pretty eggheaded when it comes to music theory. If you want to, you can ponder the irony of a band that prided itself on its off-the-cuff working method and relative lack of musical training being analyzed in terms of unresolved dominants, semitones, and the like.

This book hit the mids pop-cultural scene like a bolt from the blue. A quarter of a century since they was Fab, it might have seemed that everything worth saying about the Beatles had already been said, several times. But where most of these repeat the same tried old stories without kindling any new spark of interest, Ian MacDonald's words leap off the page with a freshness and sense of excitement reminiscent of, say, the opening seconds of 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'. A chronological song-by-song analysis of the Beatles' output, Revolution in the Head manages to achieve that rarest of feats: to transcend merely being an excellent study of its subject, and instead emerge as a worthwhile cultural artifact in its own right. Scholarly yet irreverent, highly serious but always richly entertaining, the book not only sends the reader back to the music it describes, but also repays repeated readings. Every official Beatles recording is covered, some songs' entries rolling on for a number of pages, some dismissed with just one desultory paragraph. MacDonald pulls off a number of simultaneous balancing acts, each of which, on their own, would be deserving of acclaim.

Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties is a book by British music critic and author Ian MacDonald , discussing the music of the Beatles and the band's relationship to the social and cultural changes of the s.
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  1. Eri C. says:

    10 Best Beatles Books – Rolling Stone

  2. Aleida B. says:

    A masterful discussion of each Beatles production, giving praise and criticism from a purely musical viewpoint, but placing each piece in objective historical, pop musical, and cultural context.

  3. Roy C. says:

    Review: Revolution in the Head | The Beatles Story, Liverpool

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