Revolution In The Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties by Ian Macdonald

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Revolution In The Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties Read Online Free - 'No book has taken us closer to the music of the Beatles' Tony Parsons 'Consistently brilliant' SUNDAY TIMES 'Essential' Q The Beatles achievement was so dazzling, so extraordinary, that few have questioned it. Agreement that they were far and away the best pop group ever is all but universal. And nowhere is the spirit of the Sixties - both in its soaring optimism and its drug-spirited introspection - more perfectly expressed than in the Beatles' music. Taking all the elements which combined to create each song as it was captured on vinyl - the songwriting process, the stimuli of contemporary pop hits and events, the evolving input from each of the Four, the brilliant innovations pulled off in the studio and, ultimately, the twisting grip of psychedelic drugs - the Beatles are pinpointed, record by record, in precise and fascinating detail against the backdrop of that vibrant era.

Title : Revolution In The Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties
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ISBN : 0712662081
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 387 pages


Paul rated it ★★★★★

May 27, 2009

There's a generalised kneejerk cultural reaction against the Beatles by some members of the popular music audience and it's quite understandable. What a pain in the ass to have the giant four-headed shadow of the perfect pop monster forever looming over today's epigones, like looking up out of yo...

Bruce rated it ★★★☆☆

May 05, 2008

I'd really like to give this book 3 1/2 stars, and need to point out that this reading follows my consumption in the summer of 2007 of Lewissohn (Chronicles), Hertsgaard (A Day in the Life, Turner (A Hard Day's Write), and the incomparable Pollack (whose work on the Beatles can be found online at...

Luke rated it ★★★★★

January 14, 2010

FANTASTIC. You can actually read a paragraph or two a day, because it's basically a long list of Beatles tracks with all the details of how/when/why each one was recorded. I always thought they cut an album and then hung out for a while, but hells bells, their whole catalog now seems like one lon...

Scott rated it ★★★★★

July 06, 2012

Beatles fan? Stop worrying about why Paul's barefoot on the "Abbey Road" cover ("28IF! Ooooh!") and get this into your life now. There's some hard sledding at the top, with a long-ish essay on how the group's music changed the culture. MacDonald's main point is that the music was a revolution in...

Jonathan rated it ★★★★★

May 08, 2010

A must read for any Beatles fan. MacDonald is very objective in his analysis of the band's discography and doesn't shy away from calling bullshit; but he also points out a lot of subtle details I wouldn't have noticed myself. I definitely gained a deeper appreciation for the band's music.

Tim rated it ★★★★★

August 08, 2016

I’ve spent most of my life around radio and music and the artists of the 60s and 70s just mean more to me all the time. I listen to and love music from all eras, and constantly listen to as much new music as possible. It might even be that we’re again entering a unique cultural period that could...

Adam rated it ★★★☆☆

February 01, 2015

If you ever wondered how the Beatles crafted their tunes, this is the book for you. I enjoyed its detail and some of the musical analysis. The author is sparing with his praise and blunt with criticism, which I enjoyed. The way he dressed down some of the tracks in particular had me laughing out l...

David rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2017

This is my third time through this book and the first time that it, written in the early 90s, has seemed dated to me. MacDonald writes thoughtfully and only occasionally technically about each officially released Beatles song (this was written before the Anthology releases, so that information is...

David rated it ★★★★★

January 09, 2013

A life-changing book. I'm not exaggerating-- it changed the way I listen to music. Brilliant not only as an examination of the Beatles' songs but also the culture of the 1960s and the state of popular music since. Whether one agrees with MacDonald's conclusions or not (chiefly that pop music has...

Josh rated it ★★★★☆

July 02, 2013

Stumbles at the final hurdle This book was more than just an excellent account of The Beatles' recorded output, but a telling historical document of the Sixties in general: the sociological factors coming into the decade, the increasing cultural divide between the old and new generations, the poli...

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