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Posted April 25, 2007
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The editorial reviews really have it wrong about this book. Why complain that it doesn't go into depth about the song lyrics when Steve Turner already wrote A Hard Day's Write, considering every single Beatles song? What some reviewers see as the weakness is, to me, the strength of this book, and a key to its uniqueness in the pantheon of Beatleania. Turner considers the press releases and reviews of the time, not merely the word of mouth and usually wrong rumours of Beatlemania headlines. The notable example is John Lennon's quip that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, which was not an off- handed quip at all, and was escalated by the media from a non-event to a riot, including burning of Beatles records. That event was orchestrated by a cynical DJ ''They have to buy the records to burn 'em!''. Turner goes behind the scenes to show that all those seemingly random Lennon lyrics reflected his states of mind, and his attempt to duplicate the acid trips he took 'LSD was legal until 1966' in singles beginning with 'Strawberry Fields'. A musician friend and I were watching the Beatles anthology DVD set, and both of us found it the perfect complement to Turner's book. Or the other way round. Both reintroduce that absolutely unique chemistry of that unique decade of the four lads from Liverpool, or as Ed Sullivan so notably put it, 'Ladies and Gentlemen: the Beatles'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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