The Gospel According to the Beatles

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Westminster John Knox, 2006 - Music - 254 pages
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Renowned British music journalist and author Steve Turner surveys the religious and spiritual influence of the Beatles, the band that changed the history of music forever. With new interviews, never-before-published material, and fresh insights, Turner helps the reader understand the religious and spiritual ideas and ideals that influenced the music and lives of the Beatles and helps us see how the Fab Four influenced our own lives and culture.

Topics discussed include the religious upbringing of John, Paul, George, and Ringo; the backlash in the United States after John Lennon's "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus" comment; the dabbling in Eastern religion; the use of drugs to attempt to enter a higher level of consciousness; and the overall legacy that the Beatles and their music have left. While there is no religious system that permanently anchored the Beatles or their music, they did leave a gospel, Turner concludes: one of love, peace, personal freedom, and the search for transcendence.

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One of the best books i've read. Steve Turner take you around the world with The Beatles and their quest for acceptance of religion, and the journey towards personal enlightenment. Beginning is a little dull, but the later part of the book is wonderful.

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User Review  - Amy Case - Goodreads

Quite engaging but dwelt on John excessively, burying his interesting point that it was Paul who ultimately adopted a lifestyle more consistent with the evolved spiritual views of the group. Read full review

Contents

Carry That Weight
173
What Goes On
194
Where Are They Now?
217
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Steve Turneris a British rock journalist and author of more than thirty books, includingThe Man Called Cash,Amazing Grace: The Story of America's Beloved Song, andA Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song. He lives in London.

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