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Read the Beatles: Classic and New Writings on the Beatles, Their Legacy, and Why They Still Matter Paperback – October 31, 2006
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About the Author
Astrid Kirchherr is a photographer and artist who was a close acquaintance of the Beatles during their early career in Hamburg, Germany.
Top Customer Reviews
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+
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book. Mostly reprints of articles about the Beatles from other authors.Published 26 days ago by Kindle Customer
It would be nice if the "download sample" button actually worked for this book. Then I could write a real reviewPublished on March 30, 2014 by DONALD M.
Fifty articles, album reviews, interviews, reminiscences by the Four and their fans, book excerpts--and a poem or two, one by Allen Ginsberg--add up to a solid resource for Beatles... Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by John L Murphy
It's always interesting to read articles and excerpts from books that were published at the time something was happening rather than through the hindsight of research and... Read morePublished on March 16, 2010 by Dr. Thomas E. Parker
A treasure-trove of writings about, & interviews of the Beatles. Insightful in many levels--as those who have experienced the rock'n'roll rebirth that took over the world almost... Read morePublished on November 2, 2008 by ricca
Read The Beatles is a collection of previously published articles, interviews & excerpts about the most influential musical act in history. Read morePublished on September 18, 2008 by P Magnum
Having recently rediscovered The Beatles (as in, I had gone a few years and not listened to their music), it's amazing to me the number of people still writing about them. Read morePublished on March 29, 2008 by Glenna M. Meredith