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

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

by Bob Spitz


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ISBN-13: 9780316115551
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/19/2007
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles, Beatlemania, and the Music that Changed the World 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
delzey on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I'm wondering, when I was a middle school aged grunt, if I even knew about music and musicians that were popular 40 years earlier. That would have been the music between the wars, music of a country climbing out of the Great Depression. The biggest hit songs would have been Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers singing "Cheek to Cheek," Cole Porter's "You're the Top," and Shirley Temple pouting her way through "On the Good Ship Lollipop." In 1975 would I have wanted to read about Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra or Ella Fitzgerald?Not on your life. I was mooning over the sensitive lyrics of Cat Stevens, rocking to Elton John (he still had a band and rocked in those days), and beginning to discover the free-format FM radio waves and all they had to offer.I'm thinking all this as I read Bob Spitz's biography of The Beatles because it occurs to me that with very few exceptions (damn few) there isn't much music history or biography out there for middle readers, and even then I'm wondering how many of those kids even know what they're missing.My girls know and love The Beatles, they have their favorite songs and as they get older I've no doubt they'll delve into the catalog and rediscover things they never noticed or appreciated before. But will it send them to the library to hunt down their biographies? Will they understand the scope of what music was like before and after Sgt. Pepper was released 40 years earlier? One thing is sure, they won't get their answers from this book.Is that fair, to pin all that on a single book? Given that the book's subtitle that The Beatles music "changed the world" you would think it would delve into exactly how that change took place. That would require not only a biography of The Beatles as a group and as individuals but also a sense of musical history before, during and after. To that end Spitz gives us a snapshot of the musical scene in Liverpool when the lads were coming up and a bit of gloss on the influences of their time. If it cannot be tied to The Beatles then it isn't included so there's no mention of the folk era in Britain (earlier than in the States), no real mention of the blues of jazz scene (equally important for the effects The Beatles have in that arena after they become popular), and little on their peers and rivals (scant mention of Dylan and The Stones, no mention of The Who, and so on). If their music changed the world there's little proof of it here.For those of us who lived through the Beatlemania, remember the band's break-up and rumor of reunion, obsessed over magazine articles and books chronicling their lives as the moved uneasily through their solo careers, we each carry with us a cobbled together resource file of tidbits, trivia and stories. Imagine how strange it is to be reading, as an adult, a book about The Beatles and their use of LSD when these things were barely spoken of in our days. It isn't horror or the sudden feeling of age but the matter-of-factness in which the information is presented. Stranger still, reading about the death of their early manager Brian Epstein and discovering in the build-up that he had been depressed, taken a lot of medication, and was found dead in his room while The Beatles were off in India.I'd always heard that Epstein had died of a brain hemorrhage. Had the facts changed since my teenage years, or was the truth originally covered up to protect his family from the shame of the overdose, accidental or otherwise? If the truth is that Epstein died of a brain hemorrhage from an overdose of medication for his depression it changes the way the story has been told in the past and ought to be acknowledged as a change. When presenting book report material (especially biographical material) I would hope that were there are divergent facts in a story that they be referenced; how else is a kid going to know what to write if one book says the cause of death was a brain hemorrhage and another implies (another problem in Spitz's version) that he did not wake
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. ;)
Tammy Vernick More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.