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Abbey Road to Zapple Records : a Beatles encyclopedia
Knight, Judson.
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Dallas, TX : Taylor Pub., [1999]

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xvii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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ML421.B4 K65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The Beatles provided the soundtrack for the coming of age of America's baby boomers. With this encyclopedia, fans of the Fab Four can revisit an era when song lyrics contained political slogans, social revolution filled the air, and a generation believed they could change the world with love. This book selects accounts of many aspects of the Beatles' popularity, and references albums, major songs, events, places, people and inside information about who really wrote each song. Highlighted with pop culture cross-references, this compedium of Beatles lore draws parallels between the band's activities and the turbulent state of the world affairs.

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Library Journal Review

Musician and Beatles fan Westover has compiled a clever assortment of charts and graphs to show how Capitol Records in the United States routinely dismantled the Beatles's original U.K. albums in order to create more product. Westover has created "fan-in" and "fan-out" charts that visually identify the U.K. sources for the songs on each of the Beatles's U.S. albums and vice versa. Also included are graphs that track each U.S. album's chart performance in Billboard. Unfortunately, because of their large scale, these graphs are difficult to read, and Westover makes no attempt to analyze an album's drastic fluctuation in chart position. Additional charts and tables include a list of the Beatles's Grammy nominations and awards, an overview of the various U.S. record companies that released Beatles product, and even a chart that sorts all Beatles songs by playing times. Despite its drawbacks, this unique book compiles information not easily found elsewhere. Knight's "encyclopedia" is not so successful. While Knight (Don't Fence Me In) did not intend to create an exhaustive reference work like Bill Harry's Ultimate Beatles Encyclopedia (Hyperion, 1993), his criteria for inclusion are purely subjective. He only included topics about which there was something "particularly fascinating to say." But readers don't even learn all the details about topics he does include. Instead, Knight tosses out one or two interesting tidbits and then moves on to the next event, emphasizing offbeat details. (He lists, for example, the five Beatles tracks on which George Harrison plays the sitar.) A fun read, but, unlike Westover, Knight adds nothing new to the ever-increasing list of books already available on the Beatles.ÄLloyd Jansen, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.