Beatles As Musicians: Revolver Through the Anthology

Beatles As Musicians: Revolver Through the Anthology

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by Walter Everett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195129415

ISBN-13: 9780195129410

Pub. Date: 03/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Given the phenomenal fame and commercial success that the Beatles knew for the entire course of their familiar career, their music per se has received surprisingly little detailed attention. Not all of their cultural influence can be traced to long hair and flashy clothing; the Beatles had numerous fresh ideas about melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, form,

Overview

Given the phenomenal fame and commercial success that the Beatles knew for the entire course of their familiar career, their music per se has received surprisingly little detailed attention. Not all of their cultural influence can be traced to long hair and flashy clothing; the Beatles had numerous fresh ideas about melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, form, colors, and textures. Or consider how much new ground was broken by their lyrics alone—both the themes and imagery of the Beatles' poetry are key parts of what made (and still makes) this group so important, so popular, and so imitated. This book is a comprehensive chronological study of every aspect of the Fab Four's musical life—including full examinations of composition, performance practice, recording, and historical context—during their transcendent late period (1966-1970). Rich, authoritative interpretations are interwoven through a documentary study of many thousands of audio, print, and other sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195129410
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
915,751
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Map: The Beatles in London
PRELUDE: One-Way Ticket, Yeah
ONE: Another Kind of Mind There: The Meaning of Within (1966)
INTERLUDE: I Know When It's a Dream
TWO: Yellow Matter Custard, Green Slop Pie (1967)
THREE: So Let It Out and Let It In (1968)
FOUR: Let It Be (1969-1970)
POSTLUDE: Whatever Happened To...?
APPENDIX A: Instruments Played by the Late-Period Beatles
APPENDIX B: Musical Friends of the Late-Period Beatles
Table of Chord Functions
Glossary of Terms
Notes
References
Index of Names and Song Titles
Index

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One might read this book's title and think, 'Musicians? As opposed to what else?'. Then one might suppose the intent is to analyze the Beatles's music technically. Well, yes, there are Schenkerian sketches here, but the book talks about the Beatles as cultural icons, discusses recording studio minutiae, and worries about how much of 'Eleanor Rigby''s lyric was Paul McCartney's and how much John Lennon's, for example, just as much as it concerns itself with the Beatles's music. In other words, it is a compendium of Beatles ephemera. That would be fine if it were better organized and well-written--and if it weren't entitled 'The Beatles as Musicians'. In fact, the author seems to have done a lot of research and then fed us his notes. He hasn't made a nest of the twigs he's gathered together: he's left them in a heap and published that. Nevertheless, some of the twigs will be of particular interest to Beatles nuts (and berries) such as myself. I'm thinking especially of the musical reconstruction in score form of the orchestral segment of 'A Day in the Life'. (I recommend to those to whom this sounds intriguing George Martin's 'All You Need Is Ears' for its inclusion of fragments of his 'Eleanor Rigby' and 'I Am The Walrus' scores, and I eagerly await the day all these scores will be published in toto.)