In Their Lives

In Their Lives

Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs

Book - 2017
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The Beatles' influence-on their contemporaries, on our cultural consciousness, and on the music industry ever after-is difficult to overstate. We all have a favourite song from the band that made us want to fall in love, tune in, and follow our dreams. Arranged chronologically by the date of the song's release, these essays highlight both the Beatles' evolution as well as the span of generations their music affected. From Beatlemaniacs who grew up listening to the iconic albums on vinyl to new fans who download the songs on iTunes, each contributor explores a poignant intersection between Beatles history and personal history.

With contributions from twenty-nine authors and musicians-Roz Chast on "She Loves You," Jane Smiley on "I Want to Hold Your Hand," Rosanne Cash on "No Reply," Gerald Early on "I'm a Loser," Rick Moody on "The End," Maria Popova on "Yellow Submarine," David Duchovny on "Dear Prudence," Chuck Klosterman on "Helter Skelter," David Hadju on "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)," and more-the breadth of the band's impact is clear. From musings on young love and family strife to explorations of racial boundaries and identity, these essays pay tribute to a band that ran the gamut of human experience in a way no musical group has done before or since.

Timed for the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band , this anthology captures the full spectrum of reasons fans still love the Fab Four after all these years.
Publisher: New York :, Blue Rider Press,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735210691
Characteristics: xv, 300 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Blauner, Andrew


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Jul 23, 2019

" The songs are so playful and exuberant, and there is something total in the harmonies--both the notes and the intensity of the singing--that reflects the totality with which children throw themselves into moods or activities." " The older you get and the more you learn about him, the harder it is not to have complicated feelings about John Lennon. . . you realise your heroes are not just human, but they are deeply flawed in ways you might find hard to forgive even in a friend. Elvis Costello pointed out that a millionaire has a lot of gall to urge people to 'imagine no possessions.' " Well, Costello had a lot of gall to refer to Ray Charles as a 'nigger' while having a musical discussion, in a bar. You heard that one, didn't you? Bonnie, of DELANEY AND BONNIE , who was tending bar, at the time, punched Costello out. Not one of those chicks who has men do her fighting for her, Bonnie./ " Having fallen in with the Rubin-Hoffman crowd after moving from England to New York City, Lennon had made himself a target of the Nixon administration, which was now moving to forcibly eject him from the country." " It's probably safe to say that Lennon was doing himself no favors by setting the table for the SOMETIME IN NEW YORK CITY release, by issuing WOMAN IS THE NIGGER OF THE WORLD as an advance signal."

May 17, 2019

If you're a Beatles lover, this is the book for you.

Among those writers, however, there is a Beatles hater -- Pico Iyer.

He says, " I am (almost defiantly) immune to their charms." As the "Church Lady" in the old SNL skits, would say: "Isn't that special?"

Aug 19, 2017

An interesting, insightful look at individual Beatles songs from the moptop days to "Let It Be," and their unique impacts on various listeners. Each essay focuses on one particular song as the writer recalls personal details, from being a child experiencing the magic of first discovering the Beatles, or perhaps how another song gained powerful meaning from its relationship to what was currently going on in the listener's life. Thoughtful, entertaining, and fun for any Beatles fan to explore.

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