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The Beatle Myth: The British Invasion of American Popular Music, 1956-1969
     

The Beatle Myth: The British Invasion of American Popular Music, 1956-1969

by Michael Bryan Kelly
 

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Did the Beatles originate the Beatle haircut? boots? collarless jackets? No. Did they start the trend of self-contained rock groups (three guitarists and a drummer) composing their own hits? No. Did the British musical invasion end American performers’ careers? Dominate American music charts? No and no. Surprised?
Relying on music industry

Overview

Did the Beatles originate the Beatle haircut? boots? collarless jackets? No. Did they start the trend of self-contained rock groups (three guitarists and a drummer) composing their own hits? No. Did the British musical invasion end American performers’ careers? Dominate American music charts? No and no. Surprised?
Relying on music industry data (Top 40 and 100 lists, U.S. and U.K. hits by British groups, British groups’ hits on the 1964 U.S. charts, 1980s television commercials employing “oldies” music, and other comparisons), The Beatle Myth rebuts the revisionist rock historians who greatly exaggerated the impact of the Beatles and other British groups upon the U.S. pop music scene beginning in 1964. Widely held (and cherished!) myths that have grown over the years are debunked in the process.

Editorial Reviews

Classic Images
Kelly's research is fascinating
Library Journal
iconoclasm my be refreshing
Choice
Kelly presents a variety of comparative lists, focusing on hit records and artists, some of which may provide valuable research information
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“Kelly’s research is fascinating”—Classic Images; “iconoclasm my be refreshing”—Library Journal; “Kelly presents a variety of comparative lists, focusing on hit records and artists, some of which may provide valuable research information”—Choice; “a whole mass of material for your trivia quizzes”—BASCA news; “Michael did his homework quite well...recommended”—Beatles Unlimited Magazine.
Booknews
Relying on music industry data, Kelly rebuts the revisionist rock historians, and suggests that the impact of the Beatles on American music has been greatly exaggerated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786493586
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/27/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
231
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Michael Bryan “Doc Rock” Kelly lives in Columbia, South Carolina.

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