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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles, Beatlemania, and the Music that Changed the World

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It starts in the housing projects and school playgrounds of Liverpool, where four boys would discover themselves?and 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' success?when they were still teenagers.

In Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!, Spitz recreates the thrills, tears and ...

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Overview

It starts in the housing projects and school playgrounds of Liverpool, where four boys would discover themselves—and 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' success—when 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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Editorial Reviews

Karen MacPherson
Spitz knows how to tell a tale, and even those familiar with the Beatles' story will find themselves swept up in the chronicle of how the four met and developed their unique musical style. Numerous black-and-white photographs add further interest.
—The Washington Post
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8
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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316115551
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/19/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,156,504
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Great book!

    This book really takes you into the life of the Beatles- and what they were all about. Not only does it give facts about the Beatles, but it gives facts about the other bands in their time period. You can also learn a lot about where they grew up- Liverpool. Well worth it for any Beatles fanatic- especially if you want to see cute pictures of Paul. ;)

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Loved it...but he should' been a paperback writer: )

    The Beatjes story is fold wonderfully in Bob Spitz' novel YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! I absolutely loved the information given and shown in the appealing pics of the boys in their youth. (Especially appealing to those who are young tween/ teenage Beatlefanatics such as me: ) The little facts of the Liverpudlian superstars' lives make the book practically unable to put down. Highly reccomend it. Googoogajoob! : )

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    beatlemania

    LOVE IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2007

    Fun and fast story on the making of pop stars

    What a great story. The Beatles went from being poor kids with enthusiasm for music to international superstars -- all while they were still teenagers. It's a wild ride, and Bob Spitz tells the story with real passion and excitement. The book is full of fascinating facts and fun photos. It's a great introduction to the Beatles, and a great way for young people to understand how John, Paul, George and Ringo shaped popular music and popular culture. Bob Spitz wrote a more detailed biography of the Beatles that I really enjoyed. This book condenses the story for younger readers, and it really hits the mark.

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