Beatles Forever is a fascinating chronicle of the Beatles as songwriters, performers,
friends, enemies, heroes, villains, and most of all, as human beings. The book follows the
Beatles' musical development and their impact on the culture. It understands them and
appreciates them in the context of their turbulent times.
Mr. Schaffner's account combines the recollections of an intelligent fan who lived through it with the solid research of a critical historian. He recounts details of the "Paul is Dead" sensation, John Lennon's early relationship with Yoko Ono, Harrison's infatuation with Indian spirituality, the financial intrigues at Apple records, and the post-breakup song duels of Lennon and McCartney, as well as behind-the-scenes stories of many songs and their compositions, inspirations, and references.
The Beatles Forever also offers frank and comprehensive appraisals of the post-Beatle
lives and careers of Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John
Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, through 1978 (two years before Lennon's death).
|THE ULTIMATE BEATLES BOOK
The Beatles and their music changed the course of popular music and culture forever. Their influence can still be felt today in virtually all facets of the recording industry. They have inspired a flood of books, a Broadway musical hit, and many films. They have become almost mythological figures less than a generation after they ended their official partnership in 1970.
Of all the books that have been written about the Beatles, The Beatles Forever is the most thoroughly entertaining, invigorating, and best at capturing the immediacy of the Beatles and their era. It is a witty anecdotal telling of the whole amazing tale, from the astonishing excitement and hysteria of The Beatles' arrival in America through the twisting intrigues of the group's dissolution to the divergent paths of the members' separate lives.
The book is bursting with reproductions of rare and sometimes bizarre memorabilia, foreign and extremely hard to find LP and single jackets (including a reproduction of the infamous banned "butcher block" record cover), unusual photographs, complete discographies, and an extensive bibliography. A total of four hundred illustrations grace the pages of this virtual Beatles scrapbook.
The Beatles Forever is a delightful book, both as an introduction to the Beatles and their music, and as a revelation to the most advanced Beatlemaniac-it is, in effect a Beatles bible.
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