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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Readers of Robert L. Short├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬ŻsThe Gospel According to Peanuts will recognize that writer and poet Turner used it as inspiration for this book. As evidenced by his earlierA Hard Day├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├ ... Read full review

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

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