In Their Lives

In Their Lives

Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs

Book - 2017
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Blauner anthologises essays from 30 authors, actors, and musicians reflecting on their favourite Beatles songs, creating a monument to the enduring impact of the most popular band of all time. The diversity of favourite tracks and the variety of reasons contributors love them speak to the range of the Beatles' catalogue and the power their music still has. Whether readers remember the Beatles' music as a solace in times of trouble or as a celebration, in their lives, they've loved them all.
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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" 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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