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Revolution in the Head - The Beatles Records and the Sixties

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:17 am    Post subject: Revolution in the Head - The Beatles Records and the Sixties  Reply with quote

By Ian Macdonald.

I've read a couple of the vast array of books on the Fabs, but this is the best yet for me. It doesn't fall into the all praising one sided weren't-they-great category either. Its a chronological song by song guide through the 241 songs they recorded and includes a couple of very good introductory essays on the myriad of parts whose sum ended up producing one of the most seismic decades of the last century regarding popular culture, particularly with music. This is third edition of the book so some of these excellent essays have been added since the first edition.

Macdonald gives more than an acknowledging nod to other important albums and singles by bands that raised the bar on how pop music was developing and this is easily the best all round history of The Beatles I've read. Macdonald doesn't hold back either on what he considered poor quality songs by The Beatles, his objectivity is very refreshing, and his attention to detail in explaining how the recording process worked and what particular wizardry marks out particular tracks as 'game changers' makes for great reading.  I'll leave it to Mr Stuart Maconie in summing up (I've copied this quote from the back of the book): "The most sustainedly brilliant piece of pop criticism and scholarship for years. An astonishing achievement". I agree with him, as I can't recall ever reading a book about a band that was so thorough. After reading it I feel that there is no need for me to read any other book about The Beatles. Its that good.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, priase indeed. Im just into Hooky's Joy Division book and neary finished the huge John Peel book by David Cavanagh. This sounds very much like next up, cheers
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Late Doors wrote:
Wow, priase indeed. Im just into Hooky's Joy Division book and neary finished the huge John Peel book by David Cavanagh. This sounds very much like next up, cheers


As somebody who plays an instrument LD, you would probably get more out of the technical stuff re chord changes etc than I did.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dock wrote:
Late Doors wrote:
Wow, priase indeed. Im just into Hooky's Joy Division book and neary finished the huge John Peel book by David Cavanagh. This sounds very much like next up, cheers


As somebody who plays an instrument LD, you would probably get more out of the technical stuff re chord changes etc than I did.



Have you not heard him play?


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