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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding meditation on the Beatles' ongoing meaning, July 22, 2008
This review is from: Magic Circles: The Beatles in Dream and History (Paperback)
Like McKinney, I'm a second-generation Beatles fan. I never expected anyone to write an insightful, honest, thought-provoking, and well-crafted book from that perspective about what the Beatles meant in the 60s and what they mean today, but McKinney has done it. This isn't a biography or a traditional history of the band, but a searching look at the Beatles' music and its meaning. After reading it, I'll never listen to "Happiness is a Warm Gun" the same way again -- in fact, I'll never listen to any of the songs McKinney discusses in the same way. His analyses of "A Hard Day's Night," "Help," the "butcher" cover, "Revolver," the White Album, the "Paul is dead" myth, and Charles Manson's Beatles obsession are greatly illuminating and admirably succinct. McKinney can think deeply and write beautifully, and the honesty that pervades the book earned my unqualified respect. Much as he loves the Beatles, McKinney fully considers the darker sides of their actions and songs, as well as the shadow side of being a Beatles fan, in the 60s and now. The final chapter, in which McKinney talks about his own experiences as a late-born fan and grapples with the pleasures, dangers, and responsibilities of that state, is one of the very best short autobiographical pieces I have ever read. This book will make you think hard and feel strongly. It's an effort worthy of the Beatles at their best, and I'm grateful to Devin McKinney for writing it.
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