- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 29, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195129415
- ISBN-13: 978-0195129410
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Beatles As Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology 1st Edition
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"The Beatles As Musicians is a well-researched, serious-minded scholarly work that stands easily as the best volume of its genre. Students enrolled in music education programs at the university level will benefit tremendously from many of professor Everett's astute observations and advanced theories concerning the music of The Beatles. As a college-level textbook, this book rates an A+."--Goldmine
"Stunning in its thoroughness....An ambitious and serious analytical undertaking, and the only contribution of its kind to date, this book deserves careful attention from all who would include all musics in the 20th-century canon."--Choice
"This is an excellent book that will appeal to musicologists, theorists, and general readers with any interest in the Beatles....Everett has written the most important book on the Beatles to appear so far; it will become an indispensable part of any future work on the group and their music. He nicely and securely balances detailed music-analytical, historical, and biographical information while providing a compelling interpretation of the ways in which the group's music changed and developed."--John Covach, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Impressive....I've never seen anything like it before....This unique book offers a seamless narrative of the latter half of the Beatles' career as music makers. What is new in these pages is new not only to the literature on the Beatles but to writing about popular music more generally....Everett does many things more effectively than any previous writer on the Beatles....A great book."--Charles Hamm, Dartmouth College
About the Author
Walter Everett is Associate Professor of Music in Music Theory at the University of Michigan.
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I was surprised at the amount of other information provided as to ho played which instrument.
Very well researched.
The Beatles were at times far ahead of their audiences, and did strange and wonderful things when composing and recording. They went far beyond their Blues and Pop roots as they matured. My point is that although their music is easy to listen to, there is a LOT more going on musically than one might expect. What a bunch of geniuses! Sometimes composers (e.g., Beethoven) presented listeners with music that was far beyond what they were used to. Often they were hated - at least for a few decades until audiences caught up. When the Beatles did this, folks STILL loved the music. What magic!
The current volume handles the 1966-1969 period. Everett goes through each album and song examining basic techniques and materials. One real strength is his description of the recording process and the classification of exactly which guitars were used.
This book is a basic source reference. It's the kind of book you turn to when you need to know *more* about a particular song. It is exceedingly well annotated with references for almost all information provided. These alone makes the book worthwhile.
It does not attempt to sumarise the work of the Beatles or generalise about style. That kind of work can't be contemplated until books such as BAM are first made available.
For me, it's the first useful book about the Beatles music, from a musical viewpoint, since Wilfred Mellers wrote "The Twilight Of The Gods" in the sixties. Our understanding of the Beatles music has come along way since then. BAM is the book that makes that progress visible.