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The Beatles (20th Century Composers) Paperback – October 19, 1995
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I've read approx. 15-20 books on the Beatles, and as a composer myself, this is the most interesting I've read. Why? Because the author understands *music*, and the structure of compositions. This is clear from the very beginning.
He only focuses on the Beatle's "story" as subtext to the changes in their music. So don't expect lots of arguments pro / con McCartney taking over the band with Sgt. Pepper's, whether Ono REALLY broke up the Beatles (she didn't - that's naive and awfully simplistic).
These events / changes are only background fodder for discussing the music. I find that incredibly refreshing.
So what you can expect is what makes the harmonies sound so amazing, or rhythmic influences, compositional trends, growth in lyric-writing, depth of instrumentation, the musical contributions of George Martin, etc.
And I've read the previous reviews posted here, and have to say: This author isn't pro-Lennon and anti-McCartney. Even while complimenting a particular Lennon melody, he writes words to the effect, "...which is interesting because Lennon is not known for being a great melodist, at least not as long as McCartney is around."
He also references the fact that McCartney was (by far) the best musician in the group, and also a better lead guitarist than Harrison, although he says it as gently as possible.Read more ›
I am a professor of music and teach a course on the music of the Beatles. This book was my first choice for the course textbook, but unfortunately it was out of print and we couldn't get enough copies for my students. So I am delighted that it is again available and I can use it for my class. I have read dozens of books on the Beatles, and this is one of my very favorites. It is not the book to read for someone looking for a recreational overview of the Beatles. There is enough biography to give the reader a good timeline of their career together, but it is not as in depth as in other books. That is not its intent. It is meant as a piece of serious music criticism, and in that regard it is excellent. Only MacDonald and Riley can compete in insightful observations about the music (although he does not attempt to address every single song as the former do). But Kozinn beats both of them with his engaging writing style. His prose is a pleasure to read!
Kozinn brings his years of experience as a classical music critic for the New York Times to the task. His broad historical knowledge of music, and his demand for the highest aesthetic standards from the artists he reviews, is something that is sadly lacking in most rock criticism. He demands the same artistry from the Beatles as he does from the best classical composers or the finest symphony orchestras. Some readers might be put off by this (see some of the other reviews posted here), but it is ultimately a sign of respect; the best rock music deserves no less than to be measured by the yardstick with which other great art is measured. This book accomplishes that as well or better than any other to date.
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This book is a great read. The book came on time and the book was in perfect condition, just like it was described as. Thank You!Published on January 14, 2012 by Malissa
This is the book to read if you're looking for a sober analysis of The Beatles life and music. Kozinn biographical accounts are almost never whimsical; they are used to explain the... Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Juan-Pablo Caceres
Not only is Allan Kozinn a fantastic music critic for the New York Times, but he's also a Beatles expert! His supple writing style is a joy to read and his research is thorough. Read morePublished on November 1, 2002 by Zed Franklin
Kozinn's book is a competent summary of the Beatles performance and recording career, and is refreshingly calm and balanced in its discussion of the causes for the Beatles'... Read morePublished on December 29, 1999 by C. Cleveland
This book is good to read it presented alot of facts,etc. Yet, it seemed to i, that it lacked most important stuff about the beatles. Read morePublished on March 27, 1998
If you are not a Beatles fan in the 60's or you just start listening to them recently, this one is suitable for you to make a study on them. Read morePublished on December 14, 1996