The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (Cambridge Companions to Music)

The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (Cambridge Companions to Music)

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Cambridge University Press, 10/26/2011
EAN 9780521689762, ISBN10: 0521689767

Paperback, 344 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2 cm
Language: English

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

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
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
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.