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The Gospel According to the Beatles Hardcover – August 3, 2006
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Steve Turner, it's also worth noting, painstakingly pieces together all the details of the "bigger than Jesus" incident in a way that I've never seen reported.
Though I've noticed "The Gospel According to the Beatles" is shelved in the Christianity section of my local B&N, I found it to be a book with a rock 'n' roll heart that anybody seeking new insight into perhaps the greatest cultural phenomenon of the 20th century will enjoy.
This extremely interesting work starts off with an overview of who the Beatles really were. Through their songs they conveyed their inner most beliefs and thoughts, whether they intended to or not. Each chapter is named after a famous Beatle song, and the book tells in chronological order, how the boys from Liverpool evolved in their thinking, with each new experience, and phase of musical and personal developement, as the 60's unfolded. This book is about religion...The Beatles' religious beliefs that is, and how these beliefs changed as the boys grew and changed. It starts out with the chapter called, 'You Can't Do That' which is a very thorough account of John's controversial Jesus remark and the furor that it caused. But this is not just another retelling. Turner researched this very carefully and the facts he has unturned will really surprise you. You will for the first time, find out what really happened behind the scenes to turn an innocent remark made to a friend, into a major, fiasco that not only changed the course of the Beatles' career but the careers of many others.Read more ›
As Turner quotes Paul McCartney as saying in 2004, "There'd never been anything like the Beatles, who were about music but also about something more far-reaching."
That "something more far-reaching" was awakened by the Beatles' experimentation with drugs. They started by popping the pills that provided the pep necessary for their pre-fame marathon stage performances in Hamburg, then progressed to marijuana, widely cited as influencing the mood of their 1965 album "Rubber Soul.Read more ›
In addition to being the World's Best Band, the Beatles were pioneers - they experimented with music; reflected the then current issues through their music and clothing; they affected fashion, e.g. moptops, suits and later, psychedelic outfits. They were able to appeal to as well as secure the confidence of the independent thinkers; George Harrison's 1965 "Think For Yourself" is a nod to this very philosophy.
As for a personal philosophy, that is a topic open for speculation. Each Beatle was unique and distinct and very much an individual. This book takes a deeper look at each Beatle and by describing his behavior and responses, attempts to carve out what appeared to be the philosophy of each Beatle.
All in all, an excellent work. This is one the Beatle Literati highly recommend.
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This book in an essential tool to understanding and explaining the Beatles message as gospel to a whole generation. Excellent reading.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am a musician and I played Beatle songs for thirty years. I don't play them anymore, Why?
October 1969). Read more
I love the Beatles and the title was enough to hook me in. The book opened my eyes, mind, and of course, ears to experiencing the Beatles in a new light. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by Dance Hall Hips
Well-reached and informative, and yet beautifully written, Steve Turner explores the Fab Four's spiritual foundations. Read morePublished on June 26, 2009 by olingerstories
I am a great Beatles fan but found this tome meandering and unclear as to theme and content. I just didn't get where the author was going. Disappointing after intial excitement.Published on April 13, 2008 by Vance
Ignore the 3-star-Jim Nabors-review. Turner's work is a well-informed, insightful, and painstaking analysis of the spiritual pilgrimage of the Beatles. Read morePublished on February 10, 2008 by W. Horner
but Beatles fans will be delighted with this biography of the Beatles with particular reference to their relationship to things religious.Published on August 26, 2007 by J. Golden
This book is look at The Beatles spirituality from a Christian perspective. Taylor has done his homework with research from primary sources. Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by D. S. Tubach