Tell me why: a Beatles commentary

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Da Capo Press, May 29, 2002 - Music - 457 pages
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A unique combination of musical analysis and cultural history, Tell Me Why stands alone among Beatles books with its single-minded focus on the most important aspect of the band: its music. Riley offers a new, deeper understanding of the Beatles by closely considering each song and album they recorded in an exploration as rigorous as it is soulful. He tirelessly sifts through the Beatles discography, making clear that the legendary four were more than mere teen idols: They were brilliant innovators who mastered an extremely detailed art. Since the first publication of Tell Me Why in 1988, much new primary source material has appeared—Paul McCartney's authorized biography, the Anthology CDs and videos, the complete Parlophone-sequenced albums on CD, the Live at the BBCsessions, and the global smash 1. Riley incorporates all the new material in an update that makes this a crucial book for Beatles fans.

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Review: Tell Me Why: The Beatles: Album By Album, Song By Song, The Sixties And After

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Outstanding detail and insights about how the Beatles constructed every song and album recorded on the EMI/Parlaphone and Apple labels. An unflinching, fair and honest discussion authored by a man who ... Read full review

Review: Tell Me Why: The Beatles: Album By Album, Song By Song, The Sixties And After

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Wish I had a copy to give to every one of my friends who loves The Beatles. Read full review


From the Garage to the Dance Floor Please please Meincluding Love Me Do and Please Please Me singles
I Wanna Be Free With the Beatlesincluding From me to You She loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand singles
Beyond Adloescence A Hard Days Night including Long Tall Sally EP

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About the author (2002)

Tim Riley is a web producer, campus speaker, and pianist. His music criticism has appeared in the Washington Post, in Boston magazine, and on National Public Radio. He is also a music commentator for NPR's "Here and Now." He lives in Boston.

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