Read the Beatles: Classic and New Writings on the Beatles, Their Legacy, and why They Still Matter

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June Skinner Sawyers
Penguin, 2006 - Music - 364 pages
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A must-have volume for all Beatles fans-a career-spanning selection of writings about the Fab Four

There are, of course, many books on the Beatles, but this is the only one available that is a comprehensive, career-spanning collection of journalism about the legendary band, before and after the breakup. Consisting of more than fifty articles, essays, interviews, record and movie reviews, poems, and book excerpts-many of them rare and hard to find-Read the Beatles is an unprecedented compilation that follows the arc of the Fab Four's iconic and idiosyncratic career, from their early days in Liverpool through their tragic and triumphant histories after the group's split.

The book also includes original essays from noted musicians and journalists about the Beatles' lasting influence and why they still matter today.

 

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Contents

Introduction
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TOGETHER
1
City on the Mersey
3
Rock the Reeperbahn
19
The Early Years Rampant Beatlemania 19601964
37
The Middle Years A Day in the Life 19651967
75
Hello Goodbye 19681970
133
Looking Back All Those Years Ago
165
APART
191
John Lennon Above Us Only Sky
193
Paul McCartney Take a Sad Song and Make It Better
235
George Harrison Beware of Darkness
255
Ringo Starr Acting Naturally
277
A Way of Remembering Why the Beatles Still Matter
297
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June Skinner Sawyers is an editor and journalist who writes frequently about music and the arts. She is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, for which she wrote a nightlife column for two years, and is the editor of several literary anthologies.

Astrid Kirchherr is a photographer and artist who was a close acquaintance of the Beatles during their early career in Hamburg, Germany.

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