The Gospel According to the Beatlesby Steve Turner
Renowned British music journalist and author Steve Turner surveys the religious and spiritual influence of the Beatles, the band that changed the history of music forever. With new interviews, never-before-published material, and fresh insights, Turner helps the reader understand the religious and spiritual ideas and ideals that influenced the music and lives of… See more details below
Renowned British music journalist and author Steve Turner surveys the religious and spiritual influence of the Beatles, the band that changed the history of music forever. With new interviews, never-before-published material, and fresh insights, Turner helps the reader understand the religious and spiritual ideas and ideals that influenced the music and lives of the Beatles and helps us see how the Fab Four influenced our own lives and culture.
Topics discussed include the religious upbringing of John, Paul, George, and Ringo; the backlash in the United States after John Lennon's "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus" comment; the dabbling in Eastern religion; the use of drugs to attempt to enter a higher level of consciousness; and the overall legacy that the Beatles and their music have left. While there is no religious system that permanently anchored the Beatles or their music, they did leave a gospel, Turner concludes: one of love, peace, personal freedom, and the search for transcendence.
Meet the Author
Steve Turner is a British rock journalist and author of more than thirty books, including The Man Called Cash, Amazing Grace: The Story of America's Beloved Song, and A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song. He lives in London.
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The editorial reviews really have it wrong about this book. Why complain that it doesn't go into depth about the song lyrics when Steve Turner already wrote A Hard Day's Write, considering every single Beatles song? What some reviewers see as the weakness is, to me, the strength of this book, and a key to its uniqueness in the pantheon of Beatleania. Turner considers the press releases and reviews of the time, not merely the word of mouth and usually wrong rumours of Beatlemania headlines. The notable example is John Lennon's quip that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, which was not an off- handed quip at all, and was escalated by the media from a non-event to a riot, including burning of Beatles records. That event was orchestrated by a cynical DJ ''They have to buy the records to burn 'em!''. Turner goes behind the scenes to show that all those seemingly random Lennon lyrics reflected his states of mind, and his attempt to duplicate the acid trips he took 'LSD was legal until 1966' in singles beginning with 'Strawberry Fields'. A musician friend and I were watching the Beatles anthology DVD set, and both of us found it the perfect complement to Turner's book. Or the other way round. Both reintroduce that absolutely unique chemistry of that unique decade of the four lads from Liverpool, or as Ed Sullivan so notably put it, 'Ladies and Gentlemen: the Beatles'.