The Beatles As Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology

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Oxford University Press, Mar 31, 1999 - Music - 416 pages
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Given the phenomenal fame and commercial success that the Beatles knew for the entire course of their familiar career, their music per se has received surprisingly little detailed attention. Not all of their cultural influence can be traced to long hair and flashy clothing; the Beatles had numerous fresh ideas about melody, harmony, counterpoint, rhythm, form, colors, and textures. Or consider how much new ground was broken by their lyrics alone--both the themes and imagery of the Beatles' poetry are key parts of what made (and still makes) this group so important, so popular, and so imitated. This book is a comprehensive chronological study of every aspect of the Fab Four's musical life--including full examinations of composition, performance practice, recording, and historical context--during their transcendent late period (1966-1970). Rich, authoritative interpretations are interwoven through a documentary study of many thousands of audio, print, and other sources.

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User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

It is no casual overstatement to say that this book (along with the precursory volume, The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men through Rubber Soul) contains the closest examination of the songs of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rob Hermanowski - Goodreads

This is one of two books written about the Beatles music from a technical music theory standpoint. I really liked them both, but they are not for the casual fan. Could be of real interest to music majors. This volume covered the middle to late period of the Beatles recordings. Read full review

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Walter Everett is Associate Professor of Music in Music Theory at the University of Michigan.

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