From Publishers Weekly
Journalist Hertsgaard focuses on the composing and recording processes of the Fab Four, examining in detail their entire musical output.
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While researching a New Yorker
article on the Beatles, Hertsgaard found no single volume that he felt did justice to the group's most important aspect, its music. To rectify that situation, he set out to write a popular but substantial book on the Fab Four, one that would be serious yet accessible--a combination of qualities that the Beatles themselves mastered, which is why they still command interest nearly 25 years after breaking up. Although drawing heavily on archival session tapes, Hertsgaard does concentrate on the music and affords incisive observations on Lennon and McCartney's songwriting process and the band's special chemistry; he provides plenty of biographical background, too (here depending on and dutifully documenting the many earlier Beatles chroniclers). The perpetual interest in the Beatles that should generate Hertsgaard an audience has, by the way, been ratcheted up recently by the release of the group's BBC recordings and in anticipation of a forthcoming TV documentary, so libraries probably need have no fear of Beatles overkill when adding this well-balanced musicological and biographical treatment. Gordon Flagg
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