Beatles As Musicians: Revolver Through the Anthology

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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.

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"The Beatles As Musicians is a well-researched, serious-minded scholarly work that stands easily as the best volume of its genre. Students enrolled in music education programs at the university level will benefit tremendously from many of professor Everett's astute observations and advanced theories concerning the music of The Beatles. As a college-level textbook, this book rates an A+."—Goldmine

"Stunning in its thoroughness....An ambitious and serious analytical undertaking, and the only contribution of its kind to date, this book deserves careful attention from all who would include all musics in the 20th-century canon."—Choice

"This is an excellent book that will appeal to musicologists, theorists, and general readers with any interest in the Beatles....Everett has written the most important book on the Beatles to appear so far; it will become an indispensable part of any future work on the group and their music. He nicely and securely balances detailed music-analytical, historical, and biographical information while providing a compelling interpretation of the ways in which the group's music changed and developed."—John Covach, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"Impressive....I've never seen anything like it before....This unique book offers a seamless narrative of the latter half of the Beatles' career as music makers. What is new in these pages is new not only to the literature on the Beatles but to writing about popular music more generally....Everett does many things more effectively than any previous writer on the Beatles....A great book."—Charles Hamm, Dartmouth College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195129410
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,223,900
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Everett is Associate Professor of Music in Music Theory at the University of Michigan.

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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
Index of Names and Song Titles

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2000

    rather a mish-mash, I'm afraid

    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.)

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