The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles

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Kenneth Womack
Cambridge University Press, Nov 12, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 316 pages
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From Please Please Me to Abbey Road, this collection of essays tells the fascinating story of the Beatles - the creation of the band, their musical influences, and their cultural significance, with emphasis on their genesis and practices as musicians, songwriters, and recording artists. Through detailed biographical and album analyses, the book uncovers the background of each band member and provides expansive readings of the band's music. • Traces the group's creative output from their earliest recordings through their career • Pays particular attention to the social and historical factors which contributed to the creation of the band • Investigates the Beatles' unique enduring musical legacy and cultural power • Clearly organized into three sections, covering Background, Works, and History and Influence, the Companion is ideal for course usage, and is also a must-read for all Beatles fans
 

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Contents

Introducing the Beatles Kenneth Womack
1
The repertoire 19571962 27
27
Ierry Zolten 33
33
0 Works
65
Rubber Soul and the Beatles transformation
75
yellow submarines newspaper taxis
90
Revolution Ian Inglis 112
112
the Beatles in 1969 and 1970
125
the Beatles free phrase rhythms
183
0 History and influence
203
product line extensions and the rock
217
the Beatles for sale
230
Notes 255
255
Beatles discography 19621970 286
286
Index 311
311
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Kenneth Womack is Professor of English at Penn State University Altoona College.

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