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The Beatles and Philosophy

by Michael Baur
     
 

The most popular musical group of all time, the Beatles also brought serious thought to the bubble gum-scented world of pop and rock music, with adventurous, profound, and sometimes mysterious lyrics that veered from the deliberate absurdity of “I Am the Walrus” to the rosy Rousseau-like fantasy of “When I’m 64” to the darkly

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The most popular musical group of all time, the Beatles also brought serious thought to the bubble gum-scented world of pop and rock music, with adventurous, profound, and sometimes mysterious lyrics that veered from the deliberate absurdity of “I Am the Walrus” to the rosy Rousseau-like fantasy of “When I’m 64” to the darkly existential/nihilist visions of “Eleanor Rigby” and “A Day in the Life.” In this lively new book, 20 Beatles-loving philosophers offer fresh insight into the lives and words of the Fab Four. Among the topics investigated are the groups’ critique of consumer culture; John Lennon and the Cold War; Paul McCartney’s philosophy of love, community, and politics; the Beatles’ struggle against the inauthentic; the ethics of chemically changed states of consciousness; the metaphysical standing of popularized Eastern meditation; and skepticism in the Beatles’ worldview. Like earlier titles in this popular series, The Beatles and Philosophy discusses complex issues in an enjoyable, highly readable fashion.

Editorial Reviews

When the Beatles were traipsing through Strawberry Fields in the '60s, only the most devoted fans imagined that the lads from Liverpool were making a Major Philosophical Statement. However, the essays gathered by Michael Bauer and Steven A. Baur indicate that -- consciously or not -- John, Paul, George, and Ringo were grappling with essential issues of philosophy. Old-timers and new fans alike will find much to ponder here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812696066
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
Edition description:
1st
Pages:
301
Sales rank:
426,007
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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