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The Beatles: A Band Reviewed [Kindle Edition]

The Guardian , Richard Nelsson
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In 1960, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best first played together as The Beatles. On 5 October 1962, The Beatles – with Sutcliffe and Best out and Ringo Starr in – released their debut single, ‘Love Me Do’. The subsequent seven years saw them revolutionise Sixties music and leave their mark indelibly stamped right through pop culture.

‘The Beatles: A Band Reviewed’ tells the story of The Beatles through the news items, reviews and interviews that appeared in two of Britain’s most respected newspapers. From the heyday of Beatlemania and the groundbreaking albums to the mixed successes of the solo years, it covers the key events. It also includes lesser well-known stories, such as that of Victor Keegan, a Guardian reporter, who received hundreds of phone calls, night and day, from people asking if they could speak to “Sgt J Pepper”. As fresh and revolutionary as the time in which they were written, this unique writing from the actual gigs and events that defined The Beatles is a unique and poignant history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1409 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009K58DW8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Memories 8 Nov. 2012
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It is fascinating to re-read some of the Guardian articles and also read ones I had missed at the time.

Some of the initial writing or reporting is light compared to subsequent articles, which reflects the development and increased sophistication of Beatles' melodies and lyrics over time.

It is simply very enjoyable to have easy access (on my Nexus 7) to the memories of the time. I will be dipping in and out on my upcoming flight over to Canada.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic musical and social history 3 Nov. 2012
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Here's another example of how the Guardian Shorts series works so well. There really shouldn't be anything new to say about the Beatles, but through a careful selection of articles and reviews that span the last 50 years, this little ebook does just that.

The immediacy of the reviews and opinions, without any editing or sense of hindsight, gives a wonderful sense of how the Beatles have touched various aspects of our lives over the last half century. From the early days of journalists trying to make sense of Beatlemania, through to considered reviews on their music, solo careers and McCartney's seeming elevation to national treasure, the snippets here are never anything less than rivetting.

To read some of Tony Palmer's reviews of the Beatles music is to enjoy a lesson in superior music writing; his observations are so spot on and revealing that it's worth downloading for these alone. But there is more to enjoy - a witty review of Sgt Pepper that describes the album as being slightly too heavy on the curry powder, Mark Lawson reviewing the release of the acerbic Rolling Stone interviews Lennon did shortly after the Beatles split; even a review of the guitar legends game that was released featuring the Beatles. All this, plus decent reviews of several films and albums, an honest appraisal of the endless re-releases and new marketing opportunities, and a detailed and considered obiturary for George Harrison.

It may not be the most detailed retrospective of The Beatles - and this Short doesn't set out to achieve that aim - but what's here is tremendously entertaining. Music writing and social history at it's brief, brilliant best.

And all for just under two quid. Download and enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Moderately interesting opportunistic ebook 21 Oct. 2012
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Good idea to recycle archive articles in ebook form, at an impulse-buy price, but the execution is a bit poor. Being Guardian articles it's hard to know of some of the typos have been left in from the original editions or introduced in the conversion process. A piece about McCartney's birthday was incorrectly dated July 18th (should be June), which, given there were also references to the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee is liable to confuse.

Given the articles are all from the Guardian, there is nothing like the range of Mike Evans's "Paperback Writer" anthology. Some of the articles chosen are quite slight, but there are enough meaty ones to make it worth the small price of entry, and it's an interesting enough addition to the standard accounts of the Beatle chronology. But the Evans book is still probably better value .The Beatles Paperback Writer: 40 Years of Classic Writing
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