Beatles Literary Anthology

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The Beatles: Literary Anthology recounts the group's mercurial rise from the British Merseybeat scene; the "British invasion" that made them iconic figures in the USA; the experimentation with song structure and sound-recording technique that re-defined pop music forever; their embracing of psychedelic drugs, hippie utopianism and pacifism, amidst the social changes of the mid-to-late 1960s; the band's acrimonious split, and the disparate, sometimes tragic post-Beatles paths followed by John Lennon, Paul ...
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Overview


The Beatles: Literary Anthology recounts the group's mercurial rise from the British Merseybeat scene; the "British invasion" that made them iconic figures in the USA; the experimentation with song structure and sound-recording technique that re-defined pop music forever; their embracing of psychedelic drugs, hippie utopianism and pacifism, amidst the social changes of the mid-to-late 1960s; the band's acrimonious split, and the disparate, sometimes tragic post-Beatles paths followed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The strange extremes of a career virtually unparalled in terms of mass-media fame are also examined in thought-provoking articles: the American Far Right's conspiracy theory that marked the Beatles as agents of Communism; the "Paul is Dead" myth, and the cryptographic reading of Beatles trivia that inspired it; the attempts of Lennon, with all his human failings, to live with his absurdly messianic status; the insane "messages" that the Manson Family girls deciphered from the lyrics of The White Album; the obsessions of disturbed Beatles fan Mark Chapman, and his tragic attempt to steal a little of Lennon's celebrity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859653152
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/30/2003
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 879,533
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
John Lennon 1940-1980 11
A twist of Lennon 16
The arty teddy boy 23
Art into pop 30
John Lennon 1940-1980 (2) 35
A cellarful of noise 41
Beatle! : the Pete Best story 45
Why the Beatles create all that frenzy 57
The sound of the city 60
Twist and shout 65
Big time 69
The love you make 73
Love me do : the Beatles' progress 75
A secret history 79
Shout! : the true story of the Beatles 81
Building the Beatle image 86
Love me do : the Beatles' progress (2) 89
Why we loved the Beatles 93
Waiting for the Beatles : an Apple scruff's story 95
Beatles down under : 1964 Australian and New Zealand tour 99
The man who framed the Beatles 108
Beatle with a future 111
Neville club 120
Playboy interview with the Beatles 121
The menace of Beatlism 126
Joint honours 130
The Noel Coward diaries 133
Yesterday 135
John Lennon's school days 139
Help! 144
High-brows vs no-brows 146
Elvis meets the Beatles : uncensored 151
High times 156
How does a Beatle live? : John Lennon lives like this 159
First steps toward radical politics : the 1966 tour 164
Revolt into style 172
Eleanor Rigby 175
Bomb culture 177
Portrait of the artist as a rock & roll star 179
Interview with John Lennon 181
Private on parade 186
Going underground 189
All you need is ears 192
Beatles not all that turned on 196
Awopbopaloobop alopbamboom 205
Yesterday : the Beatles remembered 209
Sgt. Pepper and flower power 210
Lennon remembers 222
The Beatles and the guru 226
The Beatles in perspective 228
The Beatles' home movie 235
Metamorphosis of the Beatles 238
Beatles 242
The Beatles 245
A twist of Lennon (2) 251
Born under a bad sign 253
The longest cocktail party 275
Interview with John Lennon 279
Rock and fine art 289
The pendulum years - Britain and the sixties 296
1969 : Helter skelter 298
All you needed was love 301
Let it be 305
Those inventive Beatles 307
Something 309
As time goes by 313
Lennon 317
Apple to the core : the unmaking of the Beatles 320
Interview with Paul McCartney 324
Introduction to the Beatles 333
Interview with George Harrison 335
Lennon remembers (2) 348
Power to the people 351
When the music's over 366
Beatlemaniacs never die (but they sure get carried away) 371
Booting the Beatles 374
Magical history tour 378
Playboy interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono 382
New York City blues 389
The Andy Warhol diaries 390
Let me take you down 392
It was twenty years ago today 395
Playboy interview with Paul and Linda McCartney 404
George Harrison 408
George Harrison 1943-2001 413
They sought without finding 418
Fighting the fab 421
The sound of the sixties 422
Afterword 429
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