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Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles
     

Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles

by Kenneth Womack
 

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ISBN-10: 0826417469

ISBN-13: 9780826417466

Pub. Date: 05/30/2007

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

In Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles, Kenneth Womack brings the band's story vividly to life-from their salad days as a Liverpool Skiffle group and their apprenticeship in the nightclubs and mean streets of Hamburg through their early triumphs at the legendary Cavern Club and the massive onslaught of Beatlemania itself. By

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In Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles, Kenneth Womack brings the band's story vividly to life-from their salad days as a Liverpool Skiffle group and their apprenticeship in the nightclubs and mean streets of Hamburg through their early triumphs at the legendary Cavern Club and the massive onslaught of Beatlemania itself. By mapping the group's development as an artistic fusion, Womack traces the Beatles' creative arc from their first, primitive recordings through Abbey Road and the twilight of their career.

In order to communicate the nature and power of the band's remarkable achievement, Womack examines the Beatles' body of work as an evolving art object. He investigates the origins and creation of the group's compositions, as well as the songwriting and recording practices that brought them to fruition. Womack's analysis of the Beatles' albums transports readers on a journey through the Beatles' heyday as recording artists between 1962 and 1969, when the band enjoyed a staggering musical and lyrical leap that took them from their first album Please Please Me, which they recorded in the space of a single day, to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the White Album, and Abbey Road-albums that collectively required literally thousands of hours to produce. In addition to considering the band's increasing self-consciousness about the overall production, design, and presentation of their art, Womack explores the Beatles' albums as a collection of musical and lyrical impressions that finds them working towards a sense of aesthetic unity. In Long and Winding Roads, Womack reveals the ways in which the Beatles gave life to a musical synthesis that would change the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826417466
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
05/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
656,172
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: The End

Chapter 2: The Beginning

Chapter 3: A Cellarful of Noise

Chapter 4: And the Band Begins to Play

Chapter 5: Rock and Roll Music

Chapter 6: The Biggest Showbiz Town Ever

Chapter 7: Yesterday and Today

Chapter 8: The End of the Road

Chapter 9: The Act You've Known for All These Years
Chapter 10: Roll Up for the Mystery TourChapter 11: You Say You Want a Revolution

Chapter 12: Getting Back

Chapter 13: The Dream Is Over

Chapter 14: Long Live the Dream

Acknowledgements
Appendix A: DiscographyAppendix B: Terminology NotesBibliography

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