The Beatles and the Historians

The Beatles and the Historians

by Erin Torkelson Weber


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Hundreds of books have been written about The Beatles. Over the last half century, their story has been mythologized and de-mythologized and presented by biographers and journalists as history. Yet many of these works do not strictly qualify as history and the story of how the Beatles’ mythology continues to be told has been largely ignored.
This book examines the band’s historiography, exploring the four major narratives that have developed over time: The semi-whitewashed “Fab Four” account, the acrimonious breakup-era Lennon Remembers version, the biased “Shout!” narrative in the wake of John Lennon’s murder, and the current Mark Lewisohn orthodoxy. Drawing on the most influential primary and secondary sources, Beatles history is analyzed using historical methods.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476662664
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 802,901
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Erin Torkelson Weber teaches American history at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

1 The Fab Four Narrative 13

2 The Lennon Remembers Narrative 67

3 The Shout! Narrative 114

4 The Lewisohn Narrative 151

Afterword: Post-Lewisohn Beatles Historiography 210

Chapter Notes 215

Bibliography 243

Index 251

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