Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties
As dazzling as the decade they dominated, The Beatles almost single-handedly created pop music as we know it. Today, their songs are cited as seminal influences by stars like Oasis, Blur and Kula Shaker. Eloquently giving voice to their time, the Beatles quite simply changed the world.
Updated with material from The Beatles Live at the BBC and the Anthology series, this acclaimed book gets to the heart of The Beatles — their records. It draws on the author’s unique knowledge and experience to “read” their 241 tracks chronologically — from their first amateur efforts in 1957 to Real Love, their final “reunion” recording in 1995. With this engrossing classic of popular criticism, Ian MacDonald shows exactly why the extraordinary songs of the Beatles remain a central and continually surprising presence.
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THE BEATLES RECORDS
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22nd November Abbey Road acoustic guitar acoustic rhythm guitar album American Anthology artists backing vocal bass Beatles For Sale blues British chords chorus counterculture December 1965 LP Dylan Engineer February film Geoff Emerick George Martin handclaps Hard Day's Night harmonica Harrison backing vocal Harrison harmony vocal Harrison lead guitar Hearts Club Band hippie John July June later lead guitar Lennon and McCartney Lennon backing vocal Lennon double-tracked vocal Lennon vocal Lennon-McCartney litde Lonely Hearts Club lyric Magical Mystery Tour major maracas McCartney backing vocal McCartney harmony vocal McCartney vocal McCartney's melody middle eight minor Norman Smith November 1968 LP October original overdubs Pepper Pepper's Lonely Hearts played Producer psychedelic rhythm guitar rock-and-roll Rolling Stones Rubber Soul sequence session Sixties song's songwriters sound Soundtrack Starr drums Recorded Strawberry Fields studio style tambourine taped tide track UK release verse Yoko