Reading the Beatles

Author: Kenneth Womack,Todd F. Davis

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 0791481964

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 9788


Addresses the Beatles' impact on how we think about gender, popular culture, and the formal and poetic qualities of music.

The Beatles

Author: Hunter Davies

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407027522

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

View: 5832


There's only one book that ever truly got inside the Beatles and this is it. The landmark, worldwide bestseller that has grown with the Beatles ever since. During 1967 and 1968 Hunter Davies spent eighteen months with the Beatles at the peak of their powers as they defined a generation and rewrote popular music. As their only ever authorised biographer he had unparalleled access - not just to John, Paul, George and Ringo but to friends, family and colleagues. There when it mattered, he collected a wealth of intimate and revealing material that still makes this the classic Beatles book - the one all other biographers look to. Hunter Davies remained close with the band and as such has had access to more information over the years. This 40th anniversary edition contains new material which has never been revealed before, from the author's archives and from the Beatles themselves, that will bring new insights to their legend.

The Beatles

Author: Hugh Fielder

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1839649534

Category: Music

Page: 66

View: 2479


For the Internet generation, a quick introduction to the first global music phenomenon. Meet John, Paul, George and Ringo. The Beatles were – are – probably the most famous and successful band in the world, and despite breaking up over 40 years ago, their popularity remains rock solid, with fans ever-thirsty for new celebrations of their work. Organized by year, this brilliant book covers all the major events in their relatively short career.

LIFE The Beatles

Author: LIFE Magazine

Publisher: Time Home Entertainment

ISBN: 1547851139

Category: Music

Page: 122

View: 8461


The songs are iconic, their faces unmistakable. When John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, all cheeky young lads from Liverpool, exploded on the international stage in the 1960s, with their mop tops and infectious love songs it was a cultural earthquake. Beatlemania swept the globe. The Fab Four's music and lyrics would continue to grow in maturity and sophistication, including the albums Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road broke new ground. After breaking up in 1970, the Beatles found both solo success and tragedy, with Lennon's 1980 assassination and Harrison's untimely death from cancer. But their music is eternal. This special edition tells their story and includes: The early days, John and Paul: friends and rivals, the women they loved, and going solo.

The Beatles in Los Angeles

Author: Jeremy Louwerse,Tom Weitzel

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1039125573

Category: Music

Page: 100

View: 4501


The Beatles in Los Angeles takes you past the velvet ropes and inside the mansion gates where The Beatles loved, explored, and experienced all the adventures and mystical chaos that swirls around LA like no other city. With brand new interviews from those who were there, along with recently discovered exclusive photographs, The Beatles in Los Angeles is a kaleidoscope of stories spanning over 50 years and covers the group’s adventures in the City of Angels as both a band and solo artists, including: • New Details on how The Beatles first appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964 almost didn’t happen. • Exclusive pictures from the only meeting EVER between The Beatles and Elvis Presley at his Bel Air estate in 1965 and the story behind this photographic discovery. • George Harrison’s and John Lennon’s dangerous nights on the Sunset Strip and how they narrowly avoided the law. • Insight into Paul McCartney’s lavish LA mansion parties throughout the 1970’s and the Hollywood royalty that attended them all. • Unknown stories about John Lennon’s Santa Monica Beach bachelor pad and his wild ride down Pacific Coast Highway. • Ringo’s reckless Los Angeles talk show appearance, and why two Beatles crashed the Paramount Studios’ “Happy Days” set. • The story behind Paul’s 2019 concert at Dodger Stadium where he reunited with Ringo and performed an unexpected Beatles classic. The Beatles in Los Angeles brings you up to date and takes you behind the scenes for some of the most exciting and still unknown adventures in Beatles’ history. You’ll feel like you are with John, Paul, George, and Ringo every step of the way during their wild LA nights and triumphant LA days.

The Beatles on the Roof

Author: Tony Barrell

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 1783239697

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

View: 7676


At lunchtime on a bitterly cold January day in 1969, the strains of guitar chords could be heard in the streets surrounding London’s Savile Row. Crowds gathered – At ground level and above. People climbed onto roofs and postboxes, skipped lunch to gather and listen: For the first time in more than two years, The Beatles were playing live. Ringing from the rooftops, disturbing the well-to-do ears of the tailors below, they upset the establishment and bewildered the police. It was filmed by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg, who hoped the footage would act as the finale to a celebratory TV special. When it finally surfaced, it was in the bleak, tumultuous documentary Let It Be. And The Beatles would never play live again. Tony Barrell examines the concert within the context of its time. He speaks to those who were there: the fans, film-makers, roadies, Apple Corps staff and police. He explores the politics of 1968, when peace gave way to protest, and how music promotion began to collide with cinéma vérité and reality TV. The Beatles on the Roof makes essential reading for anyone interested in the band’s reinventions and relationships, revealing why the rooftop concert happened at all, why it happened the way that it did, and why it would never happen again.

If You Like the Beatles...

Author: Bruce Pollock

Publisher: Backbeat Books

ISBN: 1617130702

Category: Music

Page: 279

View: 3145


(Book). The Beatles came up in the rock and-and-roll era, when Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley defined cool. Their early shows were big beat bacchanals, the Brit interpretation of that crazy American sound. But it wasn't long before they were absorbing and creating more and more music from folk to experimental, to psychedelia and hard rock, quite literally changing music forever and influencing hundreds of great bands in the process. This is the first book for music lovers that begins with the simple premise, "If you like the Beatles...," and takes off from there, digging into their influences and everything that came after them, opening up new doors for listeners looking for no-risk discs to expand their collection. Beginning with the Beatles' lesser-known roots in rockabilly and Tin Pan Alley, and working through American R&B, the British Invasion, California folk, and the Summer of Love, and to the great pop and rock bands of the '80s, '90s, and the 21st century, this is a must-have for anyone who likes the Beatles, which is...everyone.

"We're Going to See the Beatles!"

Author: Garry Berman

Publisher: Santa Monica Press

ISBN: 1595809872

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 9343


“We’re Going to See the Beatles!” presents the story of Beatlemania in America as experienced by their most devoted fans. “We’re Going to See the Beatles!” includes anecdotes from those who cheered the group as they arrived at Kennedy Airport in 1964, who kept vigil for them outside the Plaza Hotel, and who sat in the studio audience of The Ed Sullivan Show for the band’s landmark first live TV broadcast. Other fans detail what it was like to see the Beatles in one of their rare concerts at such famous venues as Shea Stadium and Candlestick Park. From the earliest whispers about the band to the Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and from their subsequent tours and albums to their breakup, author Garry Berman has collected stories from the fans who witnessed the hysteria firsthand. Contributors from around the United States also share photographs and mementos to help create a richly detailed and entertaining oral history. What emerges is a highly personal account of the Beatles and their incredible impact on music and popular culture.

How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll

Author: Elijah Wald

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199753567

Category: Music

Page: 336

View: 1365


"There are no definitive histories," writes Elijah Wald, in this provocative reassessment of American popular music, "because the past keeps looking different as the present changes." Earlier musical styles sound different to us today because we hear them through the musical filter of other styles that came after them, all the way through funk and hip hop. As its blasphemous title suggests, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll rejects the conventional pieties of mainstream jazz and rock history. Rather than concentrating on those traditionally favored styles, the book traces the evolution of popular music through developing tastes, trends and technologies--including the role of records, radio, jukeboxes and television --to give a fuller, more balanced account of the broad variety of music that captivated listeners over the course of the twentieth century. Wald revisits original sources--recordings, period articles, memoirs, and interviews--to highlight how music was actually heard and experienced over the years. And in a refreshing departure from more typical histories, he focuses on the world of working musicians and ordinary listeners rather than stars and specialists. He looks for example at the evolution of jazz as dance music, and rock 'n' roll through the eyes of the screaming, twisting teenage girls who made up the bulk of its early audience. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and the Beatles are all here, but Wald also discusses less familiar names like Paul Whiteman, Guy Lombardo, Mitch Miller, Jo Stafford, Frankie Avalon, and the Shirelles, who in some cases were far more popular than those bright stars we all know today, and who more accurately represent the mainstream of their times. Written with verve and style, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll shakes up our staid notions of music history and helps us hear American popular music with new ears.

Always On Sunday: An Inside View of Ed Sullivan, the Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra & Ed's Other Guests

Author: Michael Harris

Publisher: Word International

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 214

View: 6579


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! The Beatles, Ed Sullivan and the Author Ed first learns I have written a book when I hand him a finished manuscript. Naively, I imagine he'll be flattered, but when he reads it, he blows his stack and stops speaking to me. He's furious. I am revealing more about him, more backstage gossip and more details about the inner workings of the show than he wants made public. Fortunately for me and for Always On Sunday, Ed simmers down eventually and decides my unauthorized biography is "magnificent." He promotes it in his newspaper column, in interviews and in joint television appearances with me. Ed helps turn the book he initially hated into a national bestseller. During my 11 years on the Sullivan show, no one created more excitement than the Beatles. February 7, 1964: Kennedy Airport. Their first trip to the United States. The screaming fans! The haircuts! The sassy answers! Welcome to New York! The entire country focuses on this place and these young men. Including me. I am meeting their plane. A CBS public relations executive for years. Now the network's press representative on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Ed was warned not to sign the Beatles: "You're crazy! No British group has ever made it big in this country." A month before they arrive, they are still unknown in America. Every reporter I contact turns down my invitation to go with me to JFK. Two weeks later, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" rockets to the top of the charts. Beatlemania crosses the Atlantic, and I am besieged by thousands of ticket requests. Reporters plead to join me at JFK. On February 14, I greet the Beatles again, this time in Miami for a second Sullivan show. I do my best to stay out of the way but, thanks to papparazzi determined to cash in on every shot of the Fab Four, I appear in photos published around the world (including the NY Post). In the captions I am called a Beatle, a case of mistaken identity I still laugh about with my wife, best-selling novelist Ruth Harris. When I return to New York, Ed searches for me backstage. One stagehand is impressed. "Ed must really like you," he says. "You've only worked for him for four years, and he already knows your name." Ed And The Celebrities Who Loved Him -- Or Not! Why did Frank Sinatra take out an ad saying, "Ed, you're sick, sick, sick."? You'll find out in Always On Sunday. Why did Mary Tyler Moore sue "The Ed Sullivan Show"? You'll find out in Always On Sunday. Why did CBS cancel Bob Dylan's appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" -- against Ed's wishes? You'll find out in Always On Sunday. Elvis' fans kissed him where? Ed was stunned when Elvis explained. What did Elvis say? You'll find out in Always On Sunday. Always On Sunday was originally published in hardcover by Meredith Press and in mass market paperback by NAL. Keywords: Beatles, Sinatra, Elvis, Ed Sullivan, television, 1960s, 20th Century, rock n roll, Memphis, celebrities, memoir, baby boomer, showbiz, singers, dancers, performers