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- Print Length: 122 pages
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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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The Beatles: A Band Reviewed Kindle Edition
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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!
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.
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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