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Title:
The Beatles as musicians : Revolver through the Anthology
Author:
Everett, Walter, 1954-
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xix, 395 pages : music, map ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
One-way ticket, yeah -- Another kind of mind there: the meaning of within (1966) -- I know when it's a dream -- Yellow matter custard, green slop pie (1967) -- So let it out and let it in (1968) -- Let it be (1969-1970) -- Whatever happened to...?
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ISBN:
9780195095531

9780195129410
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Given the phenomenal fame and commercial success that the Beatles knew for the entire course of their familiar career, their music per se has received surprisingly little detailed attention. Not all of their cultural influence can be traced to long hair and flashy clothing; the Beatles had numerous fresh ideas about melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, form, colors, and textures. Or consider how much new ground was broken by their lyrics alone--both the themes and imagery of the Beatles' poetry are key parts of what made (and still makes) this group so important, so popular, and so imitated. This book is a comprehensive chronological study of every aspect of the Fab Four's musical life--including full examinations of composition, performance practice, recording, and historical context--during their transcendent late period (1966-1970). Rich, authoritative interpretations are interwoven through a documentary study of many thousands of audio, print, and other sources.


Summary

Given the phenomenal fame and commercial success that the Beatles knew for the entire course of their familiar career, their music per se has received surprisingly little detailed attention. Not all of their cultural influence can be traced to long hair and flashy clothing; the Beatles hadnumerous fresh ideas about melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, form, colors, and textures. Or consider how much new ground was broken by their lyrics alone--both the themes and imagery of the Beatles' poetry are key parts of what made (and still makes) this group so important, so popular, and soimitated. This book is a comprehensive chronological study of every aspect of the Fab Four's musical life--including full examinations of composition, performance practice, recording, and historical context--during their transcendent late period (1966-1970). Rich, authoritative interpretations areinterwoven through a documentary study of many thousands of audio, print, and other sources.


Author Notes

Walter Everett, Associate Professor of Music, University of Michigan.


Walter Everett is Associate Professor of Music in Music Theory at the University of Michigan.


Reviews 2

Choice Review

When historians and musicologists of the future train their lenses on the 20th century, they are unlikely to miss the enduring impact of a rock group known as The Beatles. Even in The Beatles' own century, what might at first have seemed a fad or passing phenomenon has continued to pull in listeners of each successive generation. Such lasting popularity is not easily dismissed. Everett (Univ. of Michigan) argues that the longevity of Beatles music is as much about its pure, musical creativity and development as about the universal relevance of its lyrics. Stunning in its thoroughness, this book considers each song from a formal musical standpoint, with particular attention to the element that seems most significant to the effect of the piece: melody, harmony, instrumentation, etc. A thorough knowledge of music theory is required, and Everett supplies numerous appendixes of terms and chord functions. Documents, audiotapes of recording sessions, etc., provide the author with historical contextualization, fascinating insights into the genesis of the musical work, and proof that a work of art almost always rises above the circumstances of its derivation. An ambitious and serious analytical undertaking, and the only contribution of its kind to date, this book deserves careful attention from all who would include all musics in the 20th-century canon. M. Neil; Augustana College (IL)


Choice Review

When historians and musicologists of the future train their lenses on the 20th century, they are unlikely to miss the enduring impact of a rock group known as The Beatles. Even in The Beatles' own century, what might at first have seemed a fad or passing phenomenon has continued to pull in listeners of each successive generation. Such lasting popularity is not easily dismissed. Everett (Univ. of Michigan) argues that the longevity of Beatles music is as much about its pure, musical creativity and development as about the universal relevance of its lyrics. Stunning in its thoroughness, this book considers each song from a formal musical standpoint, with particular attention to the element that seems most significant to the effect of the piece: melody, harmony, instrumentation, etc. A thorough knowledge of music theory is required, and Everett supplies numerous appendixes of terms and chord functions. Documents, audiotapes of recording sessions, etc., provide the author with historical contextualization, fascinating insights into the genesis of the musical work, and proof that a work of art almost always rises above the circumstances of its derivation. An ambitious and serious analytical undertaking, and the only contribution of its kind to date, this book deserves careful attention from all who would include all musics in the 20th-century canon. M. Neil; Augustana College (IL)


Table of Contents

Map: The Beatles in London
Prelude: One-Way Ticket, Yeah
1
Interlude: I Know When It's a Dream
2 Yellow Matter Custard, Green Slop Pie (1967)
3 So Let It Out and Let It In (1968)
4 Let It Be (1969-1970)
Postlude: Whatever Happened To...?
Appendix A Instruments Played by the Late-Period Beatles
Appendix B Musical Friends of the Late-Period Beatles
Table of Chord Functions
Glossary of Terms
Notes
References
Index of Names and Song Titles
Index
Map: The Beatles in London
Prelude: One-Way Ticket, Yeah
1
Interlude: I Know When It's a Dream
2 Yellow Matter Custard, Green Slop Pie (1967)
3 So Let It Out and Let It In (1968)
4 Let It Be (1969-1970)
Postlude: Whatever Happened To...?
Appendix A Instruments Played by the Late-Period Beatles
Appendix B Musical Friends of the Late-Period Beatles
Table of Chord Functions
Glossary of Terms
Notes
References
Index of Names and Song Titles
Index