Dreaming the Beatles

Dreaming the Beatles

The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World

Book - 2017
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"Rob Sheffield, the Rolling Stone columnist and bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape offers an entertaining, unconventional look at the most popular band in history, the Beatles, exploring what they mean today and why they still matter so intensely to a generation that has never known a world without them. Dreaming the Beatles is not another biography of the Beatles, or a song-by-song analysis of the best of John and Paul. It isn't another exposé about how they broke up. It isn't a history of their gigs or their gear. It is a collection of essays telling the story of what this ubiquitous band means to a generation who grew up with the Beatles music on their parents' stereos and their faces on T-shirts. What do the Beatles mean today? Why are they more famous and beloved now than ever? And why do they still matter so much to us, nearly fifty years after they broke up?"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062207654
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 B3691S
Characteristics: xiii, 350 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jul 23, 2019

" Nancy Sinatra, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, 'You know that I'm a wicked chick, and i was born with a jealous mind,' Nancy coos, until you can see the blood on her go-go boots. . . she really would rather see her little boy dead than to see him with another girl, and there's a mobbed-up edge to the way she promises she knows how to get the job done. Hide your head in the sand, baby boy." " T. Rex, BALLROOMS OF MARS, ' John Lennon knows your name and I've seen him.' He also name-drops Bob Dylan and Alan Freed. "DOVER BEACH, by The BANGLES. To listen to it is to fall for a tambourine girl who will leave you for not being George. ROLLING STONE did a 2003 poll asking artists what their favorite album was: Susanna Hoff's pick was, YESTERDAY AND TODAY." " Like all the pre-PEPPER albums, REVOLVER got butchered by the U.S. record company, but it bled worse than any of them. Capitol cut three John songs---AND YOUR BIRD CAN SING; DR. ROBERT; and, I'M ONLY SLEEPING. That left him with only two, fewer than George. This muted the impact of REVOLVER, which increased the impact of SGT. PEPPER, for American listeners."

Sep 13, 2018

The absolute best “light” Beatle book ever! Rob wrote as if he had downloaded every thing I had ever felt or thought about the Beatles in my life (woman, age 60). If you are even a mild lover of the Beatles, you will enjoy this book! I have often challenged myself to go ONE whole day without some reference to the Beatles being posited in front of my daily life, and there is ALWAYS some kind of reminder, whether it be a song on the radio, a t-shirt, a mention, or a written reference to the band...every day! They are ours forever! Read this book!

Aug 19, 2017

This book has some interesting observations on the Beatles and their legacy, but suffers from some of the nonsensical over-analysis of the author. His take on certain songs and certain events in Beatles' history is bizarre at times - he stretches things far out of shape to try to prove some obscure point. I stuck with the book but have to admit that at times I was tempted to ditch it as so much self-indulgent rubbish.

LPL_DirectorBrad May 17, 2017

How could there be anything else to say about The Beatles? I've read enough books on them to think surely I could stop. Wrong. Rob Sheffield has written a book unlike any other. His subtitle says it all: "the love story of one band and the whole world." Sheffield writes from a very personal place about The Beatles, but its a personal place that I find has deep resonance to me as a Beatlemaniac. This book is like sitting around with your best buddy--or a complete stranger for that matter--and waxing nostalgic, or arguing best songs or most underrated songs, or why you hate Paul or not. I could not put this book down. It is a truly exceptional an unique addition to the Beatles book canon. Highest recommendation.


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