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Excellent new addition to anyone's Beatles' library
on 28 October 2011
With probably nearing a thousand books on the Beatles, to me it has always appeared criminally negligent that no one has ever seriously evaluated the Fab Four's extraordinary fashion sense and style. When you think about it, secondary to their music the group were renowned for their adventurous and revolutionary dress sense, a quality that put them at the forefront of popular culture in the 20th Century. However, to date no one has ever properly evaluated this enormously important component in the Beatles' history.
Thankfully, Paolo Hewitt has gloriously redressed the imbalance with his magnificent new book, Fab Gear. Tastefully designed and peppered with hundreds of photos (many unseen), the book benefits greatly from an imaginative approach that never once underestimates its subject matter. Hewitt's text gives a fresh insight into what drove the Beatles' fashion sense through the whirlwind of Beatlemania and the subsequent fads that briefly occupied the group's wardrobe.
Personally, the greatest revelation in the book concerns the the Beatles' hairstyles. What started off as a joke within media circles soon became a trend that revolutionised hairstyles globally - a style that has maintained its prominence for nearly 50 years. Hewitt scores a major coup here with assistance from the group's hairdresser - Leslie Cavendish - who provides some candid tales concerning cutting the Fab Four's precious locks. While many of us have drooled over the pictures from the group's most creative era, it is a revelation to hear directly from the man who styled their hair during that magical period.
All in all a hugely recommended read and an important benchmark in serious Beatles' research.