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Someone saying that they don't like the Beatles is like saying they don't like babies or sunshine. Anyway, it's not true: everybody knows and loves the Beatles (or else they hide their indifference away). With such familiarity, is there really any need for a collection of old and recent journalism celebrating the four fabulous ones? Don't we know these guys already? Well, sure, but this assortment of more than 50 articles reminds us of Beatle things forgotten and lends insight into Beatle things remembered. Gloria Steinem's sardonic 1964 article for Cosmopolitan reiterates how absurdly intense was countless teenage girls' devotion to the lads. Geoffrey O'Brien's essay, "Seven Fat Years," describes how many people thought the music was speaking directly to them--which explains not only the swooning teenagers but also Charles Manson. Writings by Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass show the extent of the Beatles' influence on other artists, and interviews with individual Beatles themselves reveal their own bewilderment. But Chicago Tribune pop music critic Greg Kot provides the ultimate synopsis when he writes, "The Beatles had it all, the bastards." Jerry Eberle
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About the Author

June Skinner Sawyers is an editor and journalist who writes frequently about music and the arts. She is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, for which she wrote a nightlife column for two years, and is the editor of several literary anthologies.

Astrid Kirchherr is a photographer and artist who was a close acquaintance of the Beatles during their early career in Hamburg, Germany.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143037323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143037323
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Morris on June 10, 2007
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This is an extremely well-put-together anthology of writings about the Beatles, spanning their entire career as a group and then following each in their post-Beatles years. It includes most of the seminal reviews, interviews and articles about the Beatles from beginning to end (such as the Maureen Cleve/Lennon interview, the William Mann London Times reviews legitimizing the Beatles as serious musicians and songwriters, sections from the Playboy interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, excellent writing on the elusive George Harrison and his musical contributions by David Simons, and much more) and essays on why the Beatles still matter.

The book is set up in three distinct parts

I. Articles written during the Beatles years, in chronological order.

II. Articles written about individual Beatles post-Beatles, arranged by individual.

III. Articles and essays about the Beatles legacy.

I knew quite a bit about the Beatles before reading this book, but I learned much that was new and interesting that has heightened my appreciation of these fine musician/songwriters and their legacy.

Five stars, and then some. A+
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I loved it. This is a collection of some of the finest writers of our time, writing about the finest group of our time. It's divided into two parts; 'Together' and 'Apart', with sub headings under each of those. Each piece is either an expose', piece of poetry, newspaper article or magazine article.

The first story is appropriatly titled, 'The Afternoon Hours',from the book, 'The Day John Met Paul'. It goes from there, with a varied selection of writings from every concievable type of writer from Gloria Steinem to William Mann. Some of the writings are quite controversial like one piece by a journalist named Paul Johnson called, 'The Menace of Beatlism'. This appeared in a British journal in 1964, and it's very interesting to see how people were divided along the generational lines at that time. This leads me to the famous, William Mann article from 1963, which established the group as serious musicians and song writers when everyone over a certain age was saying they were a gimmick with no talent. Mann who was certainly over 30 was a visionary, ahead of his time. He was also a musicologist who knew what he was talking about, even if John Lennon did think he was talking about "Exotic birds". I loved that article and was glad it was included. Another facinating piece stands out. A Gloria Steinem expose' which appeared in Cosmopolitan in 1964. Most of her piece is about trying to get close enough to John Lennon to interview him during the boys' '64 North American tour. Even though she was given permission to do the interview, she finds it impossible to penetrate the Aspinall, Evans, Taylor shield that was erected around them because of their growing distrust of the media. I don't know what she had been planning to ask John because she never really gets to do a proper interview.
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Although I may be a bit biased (I'm the author of one of the books excerpted here: "Turn Me On, Dead Man: The Beatles And The Paul-is-Dead Hoax"), I thoroughly enjoyed this compendium of Beatles writings, past and present. Some really interesting articles and book excerpts are included in this tome, including many appearing for the first time in decades. My only gripe: no photos. However, for the price of a movie ticket, it's a real bargain. Andru Reeve sez check it out.
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This book has been out for a few years now, and has obviously been reviewed. But it's such a great little book on the band that I thought I'd bring it to the attention of anyone who might've missed it so far. It's full of articles from the band's earliest days up through their breakup and the deaths of Lennon and Harrison. The editor, June Sawyer, has done a great job in putting the many disparate articles into a good, intelligent, flowing order. Also included is a 17 page Chronology beginning with Yoko Ono's birth (1933) and ending with Cirque De Soleil's tribute "LOVE" (2006), a 2 page map of Liverpool, a Forward by Astrid Kirchherr, a 16 page Discography, and an 8 pager Selected Bibliography.

Through all the many pieces here--both from the period and newer articles--the reader will get a good feel for both the band and the era. While several books have done something similar, there's something about Sawyer's book that appeals to the fan in me. I've been listening to The Beatles since the days of vinyl and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" came over the AM radio. And I've read most of the relevant books on the group--some good, some not so good--and for some reason this book seems to get close to that whole period of exciting music, at least as good as the other good books on the band.

When The Beatles (and other artists) exploded into people's consciousness it really was true that a group and/or a song could influence our generation. It was true too that you could sometimes walk through your neighborhood and hear the same album/songs playing through open windows. Or walk through your college dorm and hear the same music blasting out of people's rooms.
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