Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties
This “Bible of the Beatles” captures the iconic band’s magical and mysterious journey from adorable teenagers to revered cultural emissaries. In this fully updated version, each of their 241 tracks is assessed chronologically from their first amateur recordings in 1957 to their final “reunion” recording in 1995. It also incorporates new information from theAnthologyseries and recent interviews with Paul McCartney. This comprehensive guide offers fascinating details about the Beatles’ lives, music, and era, never losing sight of what made the band so important, unique, and enjoyable.
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Review: Revolution In The Head: The Beatles Records and the SixtiesUser Review - Gerry - Goodreads
The best part of this book is the attempt, largely successful, to avoid fatuous idolatry in favor of analysis and first class history & sociology. Of all the Beatle books I've read, this is the one I'll keep and go back to as a reference and as an example of real musical criticism. Read full review
Review: Revolution In The Head: The Beatles Records and the SixtiesUser Review - Ted Newell - Goodreads
Traces origins of each song, item by item. After 1966 the tale becomes fascinating, a cultural history. Macdonald is not uncritical. I read it with Death of Christian Britain so the effect was a double whammy. Read full review