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Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2008

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    Ian MacDonald was a classically trained musician who was also an author and music critic. His book 'Revolution in the Head' analizes every Beatles recording and furnishes details about each songs origin as well as it's impact on music and culture. According to the author 'I want to hold your hand' was writted by Paul and John 'eye ball to eyeball' sitting at a piano in the basement of Jane Asher's house. Of this song he writes, it 'electrified American pop' adding 'American players and writers listened to the Beatles free-spirited unorthodoxies in excited disbelief'. 'That the Beatles represented something transmitting at a higher creative frequency was clear'...He asserts that Bob Dylan was able to see past the songs naivety to the epoch-making spirit animating it. Fascinated by the Beatles harmonies, he decided they must have been chemically assisted, mishearing the line 'I can't hide' as 'I get high'. He points out that Lennon and McCartney's song writing styles perfectly complimented one another musically just as each spurred one another on the new achievement. For example, MacDonald offers 'Martha my Dear' was recorded ten days after intense rehearsal work on Lennon's 'Happiness is a warm gun'. About the McCartney song MacDonald writes that 'as brilliantly fluent as Lennon's song is dark and crabbed, Martha my dear is the most exuberant expression of it's authors jaunty personality since Penny Lane. The song is indeed Paul's answer to John's song as it follows up Happiness is a warm gun on the Beatles White Album. MacDonald, an unabashed fan of The Beatles, offers some less favorable reviews of some songs usually pointing out where the Beatles were influenced by other artists of the day. Of course he also documents the groups seminal achievements.

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