Beatles '66

Beatles '66

The Revolutionary Year

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A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture.

They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era.

The year that changed everything for the Beatles was 1966--the year of their last concert and their first album, Revolver, that was created to be listened to rather than performed. This was the year the Beatles risked their popularity by retiring from live performances, recording songs that explored alternative states of consciousness, experimenting with avant-garde ideas, and speaking their minds on issues of politics, war, and religion. It was the year their records were burned in America after John's explosive claim that the group was "more popular than Jesus," the year they were hounded out of the Philippines for "snubbing" its First Lady, the year John met Yoko Ono, and the year Paul conceived the idea for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

On the fiftieth anniversary of this seminal year, music journalist and Beatles expert Steve Turner slows down the action to investigate in detail the enormous changes that took place in the Beatles' lives and work during 1966. He looks at the historical events that had an impact on the group, the music they made that in turn profoundly affected the culture around them, and the vision that allowed four young men from Liverpool to transform popular music and serve as pioneers for artists from Coldplay to David Bowie, Jay-Z to U2.

By talking to those close to the group and by drawing on his past interviews with key figures such as George Martin, Timothy Leary, and Ravi Shankar--and the Beatles themselves--Turner gives us the compelling, definitive account of the twelve months that contained everything the Beatles had been and anticipated everything they would still become.

Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062475480
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 T952b 2016
Characteristics: ix, 454 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, portraits ; 24 cm


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Aug 10, 2017

"She said 'I know what it's like to be dead, I know what it is to be sad.'"
By my count, there are 5,098 books about the Beatles, give or take a few. So do we need another one about the most discussed, analyzed, and dissected band of all time? Not really, but Steve Turner, who has written extensively about music (Beatles, Who, Cash), finds a good angle, which is to focus on one year: 1966. He argues that this is the year, in which they only released one album (But what an album!) and stopped touring, in which they transformed from the lovable mop tops into pop artists of the first order. It was the year of "Revolver," the final concert at Candlestick Park, and the initial ideas for what would become "Sgt. Pepper's." Turner works methodically and chronologically, putting the Beatles in context, which is illuminating. What I took away was that Paul, forever the cute one to John's smart, arty one, is more avant-garde and experimental than he gets credit for, even if he did have the biggest sentimental streak in the band.


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