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Revolution : the making of The Beatles' White Album
Quantick, David.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : A Cappella Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
208 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Originally published in London by Unanimous Ltd, 2002.

Includes index.
1968 -- The people -- The songs -- The design -- Other music of 1968 -- Pop after the White Album -- The White Album and Charles Manson -- The Beatles forever.
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ML421.B4 Q33 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
ML421.B4 Q33 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Most books about the Beatles reveal the big picture first and ask questions afterward. This book reverses that approach. It takes a fresh and often funny look at the magnificent and sometimes idiotic career path of the Beatles through the prism of one vital album -- a record considered by many (including John Lennon) to be the one on which they reached their peak as songwriters. It focuses not just on the intimate recording details and creative process, but on the politics, music, and culture of the era, as well as the band's individual development amid increasing dissolution. In crisp and witty prose, the inside stories behind the making and release of the album are revealed: how the White Album got its look and name; why it included the most experimental track the Beatles ever recorded; how it inspired the bloody massacres of Charles Manson and his 'family'; why Ringo Starr walked out on the sessions and who replaced him; the actual identities of 'Dear Prudence', 'Sexy Sadie', 'Martha My Dear', 'Julia' and 'Bungalow Bill'; on which song Yoko sang lead; which song is about Eric Clapton's teeth;

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Beatles fans know more about the Beatles than the Beatles know about themselves. Thus any addition to the hundreds of Beatles books needs an angle-some inspired criticism or a little new dirt-to make it necessary. Sadly, author Quantick (The Clash; Beck) delivers no such hook in his short, dull tribute to the band's White Album, his all-time favorite record. Quantick tells the well-known stories behind each of the 30 songs on the sprawling double-player. Fans will recall that McCartney wrote "Martha, My Dear" for his Old English sheepdog and that Lennon's "Dear Prudence" was about Mia Farrow's sister Prudence, who was apparently spending too much time indoors, meditating. Quantick fails to clearly articulate why he thinks the album's so brilliant, but rather tosses out impenetrable nuggets such as: "Like all great albums, the White Album is both a snapshot of the time it was recorded and a piece of music that stands alone, outside time and fashion"; and that the White Album is the only Beatles record "that would be superb if it had been recorded by any other greatest rock and pop band of all time." (Sept.) Forecast: For better help picking apart the Beatles songbook, readers should check out A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song by Steve Turner, or Beatlesongs by William J. Dowlding. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved