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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles, Beatlemania, and the Music that Changed the Worldby Bob Spitz
It starts in the housing projects and school playgrounds of Liverpool, where four boys would discover themselvesand a new form of music called rock 'n roll. It takes us from the famous first meeting between John and Paul, to the clubs of Liverpool and Germany when George and Ringo join the band, down Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, to America and the height… See more details below
It starts in the housing projects and school playgrounds of Liverpool, where four boys would discover themselvesand a new form of music called rock 'n roll. It takes us from the famous first meeting between John and Paul, to the clubs of Liverpool and Germany when George and Ringo join the band, down Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, to America and the height of the Beatles' successwhen they were still teenagers.
In Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!, Spitz recreates the thrills, tears and magic of his New York Times bestselling adult biography, but in a style and format that's accesible for young readers. This book includes photos, sidebars and graphic elements. It's a book about teens who changed the world.
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Spitz provides a young people's version of his adult book, The Beatles (Little, Brown, 2005). The story has been told many, many times before, but the strength of this rendition is the superlative storytelling. The history of the band is so well documented that one feels quite certain that events played out just as Spitz describes them. The narrative is balanced, showing the Beatles both as musicians and as individuals, with their girlfriends, wives, and hangers-on. The author provides insight into the genesis of some of the best-known tunes, such as "Yesterday," and gives a good sense of what life was like in the studio. The quality of Spitz's writing is evident, particularly in an endnote summing up the impact of the Beatles in a way that is surprisingly poetic and even moving. While this is clearly a selective look at the highlights of the Beatles' career, it is the perfect introduction for young readers who want to understand the musical legacy. There are plenty of black-and-white photos throughout, some full or double page, that serve to maintain visual interest. Unfortunately, the sidebars occasionally repeat from the body of the text and are not always informative or necessary. Also, there are no source notes. Spitz's adult biography was meticulously documented, and there's no excuse for not upholding that same standard here. Despite the minor problems, this volume is still a worthy addition even if you have plenty of other books on the band.
Tim WadhamCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.75(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Bob Spitz has represented the careers of Bruce Springsteen and Elton John. He is the author of The Beatles, The Making of the Superstars, Barefoot in Babylon, Dylan, and Shoot Out the Lights. His articles appear regularly in The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Conde Nast Traveler, Men's Journal, In Style, Esquire, Sky, and The Washington Post. He lives in Connecticut with his teenaged daughter.
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