Dreaming the Beatles

Dreaming the Beatles

A Love Story of One Band and the Whole World

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"John, Paul, George, and Ringo remain the world's favorite thing. Yet every theory ever devised to explain why has failed. It wasn't their timing. It wasn't drugs. It wasn't that they were the voice of a generation. The vast majority of Beatles fans today weren't born when the records came out-- yet the allure of the music keeps on growing, nearly fifty years after the band split. The world keeps dreaming the Beatles, long after the Beatles themselves figured the dream was over. Our Beatles have outlasted theirs." -- Book jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062207654
Characteristics: xiii, 350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Aug 19, 2017

This book has some interesting observations on the Beatles and their legacy, but suffers from some of the nonsensical over-analysis of the author. His take on certain songs and certain events in Beatles' history is bizarre at times - he stretches things far out of shape to try to prove some obscure point. I stuck with the book but have to admit that at times I was tempted to ditch it as so much self-indulgent rubbish.

LPL_DirectorBrad May 17, 2017

How could there be anything else to say about The Beatles? I've read enough books on them to think surely I could stop. Wrong. Rob Sheffield has written a book unlike any other. His subtitle says it all: "the love story of one band and the whole world." Sheffield writes from a very personal place about The Beatles, but its a personal place that I find has deep resonance to me as a Beatlemaniac. This book is like sitting around with your best buddy--or a complete stranger for that matter--and waxing nostalgic, or arguing best songs or most underrated songs, or why you hate Paul or not. I could not put this book down. It is a truly exceptional an unique addition to the Beatles book canon. Highest recommendation.


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