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The Beatles, popular music and society : a thousand voices
Inglis, Ian, 1948-
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xxii, 211 pages : illustrations, music ; 23 cm
Men of ideas?: popular music, anti-intellectualism and the Beatles / Ian Inglis -- Coming out of the rhetoric of 'Merseybeat': conversations with Joe Flannery / Mike Brocken -- The Beatles and the spectacle of youth / John Muncie -- Lennon-McCartney and the early British invasion, 1964-66 / Jon Fitzgerald -- From me to you: austerity to profligacy in the language of the Beatles / Guy Cook and Neil Mercer -- The postmodern White Album / Ed Whitley -- You can't do that: the Beatles, artistic freedom and censorship / Martin Cloonan -- Tell me what you see: the influence and impact of the Beatles' movies / Bob Neaverson -- The celebrity legacy of the Beatles / P. David Marshall -- Refab four: Beatles for sale in the age of music video / Gary Burns -- 'Sitting in an English garden': comparing representations of Britishness in the songs of the Beatles and 1990s Britpop groups / Andy Bennett.
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ML421.B4 B436 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
ML421.B4 B436 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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The Beatles' evolution from a Liverpool rock and roll group into one of the 20th century's defining images has been repeatedly chronicled but rarely analyzed; a critical appreciation of their music and career, and the issues and debates they provoked, is long overdue. This book provides the first sustained investigation of some of the many historical, cultural, musical, and sociological facets of the group's career. Written by an international group of scholars, it is essential for those wishing to understand not only the phenomenon of the Beatles, but the broader social contexts which popular music continues to be practiced and studied.

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Choice Review

Inglis (sociology, Univ. of Northumbria, UK) has gathered articles that scrutinize the Beatles' career, recordings, and films using several criteria: the cultural milieu of Britain beginning with the 1950s; the influence of the Beatles' celebrity, whether real or construed; and their perceived legacy, including the music's appeal to a new generation. These issues, which can be difficult to quantify, are addressed clearly and concisely by the contributors, the majority of whom are British scholars representing various disciplines. The book's strength lies in the contributors' conscious avoidance of simple chronologies and assessments of record sales combined with their lack of consensus in interpreting the Beatles as a social and musical phenomenon. Ed Whitley's essay "The Postmodern White Album," with its thorough reading of the Beatles' music, takes into consideration the Beatles' interest in other artistic movements and exemplifies some of the best qualities of this collection. This title will interest a wide audience--from beginning undergraduates on up--including cultural historians, musicians, and sophisticated listeners. T. M. Neff; Boston University

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Thousand VoicesIan Inglis
Men of Ideas?: Popular Music, Anti-Intellectualism, and the BeatlesIan Inglis
Coming Out of the Rhetoric of "Merseybeat": Conversations with Joe FlanneryMike Brocken
The Beatles and the Spectacle of YouthJohn Muncie
Lennon-McCartney and the Early British Invasion, 1964-6Jon Fitzgerald
From Me to You: Austerity to Profligacy in the Language of the BeatlesGuy Cook and Neil Mercer
The Postmodern White AlbumEd Whitley
You Can't Do That: The Beatles, Artistic Freedom, and CensorshipMartin Cloonan
Tell Me What You See: The Influence and Impact of the Beatles' MoviesBob Neaverson
The Celebrity Legacy of the BeatlesP. David Marshall
Refab Four: Beatles for Sale in the Age of Music VideoGary Burns
"Sitting in an English Garden": Comparing Representations of Britishness' in the Songs of the Beatles and 1990s Britpop GroupsAndy Bennett