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Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road And The End of The Beatles

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Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road And The End of the Beatles Kenneth Womack 288 Pages ISBN: #978-1501746857 Cornell University Press 2019 Reverberating with all manner of interpretations, Solid State is a magnificently ironic title for a book purporting to tell The Story of Abbey Road and The End of the Beatles. Or is it simply to be read at face value? Author Kenneth Womack proffers the technical advancement at Abbey Road ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

The Beatles: Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

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Deceptively less weighty than its 50th Anniversary counterparts, The Beatles' Abbey Road Super Deluxe Edition is nevertheless as revelatory in its own way as the previously-released milestone packages of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Apple, 1967) and The Beatles (Apple, 1968). Yet comparison of the sets in their respective expanded forms is as misleading as likening the original albums to each other, an exercise in futility that only serves to camouflage how much this iconic band had ...

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The Beatles: The Beatles 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

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In keeping with its source, The White Album (Apple, 1968), as a virtual primer of contemporary musical style ranging from the Beach Boys ("Back in the USSR") to Stockhausen ("Revolution #9"), The Beatles 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition is a weighty proposition indeed. In fact, it's alternately daunting and imposing in mere physical form: housed in a hardcover book measuring roughly 10” x 12.5,” when out of its clear slipcase (imprinted with the image of those four famous portraits), the ...

INTERVIEWS

Harry Benson: The Music of The Beatles is Still Terrific

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Harry Benson is a renowned journalistic photographer whose pictures have graced the covers of many magazines and are found in many books, museum collections, galleries. With an unprecedented access to some of the most popular artists of our time including intriguing characters from all walks of life and politicians that have shaped the lives of people, he has recorded some of the most decisive moments of recent history. In a career that spans over six decades, Benson has taken photographs ...

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The Beatles - On the Road, 1964-1966

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The Beatles -On the Road, 1964-1966 Harry Benson 272 Pages ISBN: 3836533227 Taschen 2017 Feted British photographer Harry Benson first met the Beatles in 1964, when he was assigned to go to Paris and document their gig there at the Olympia Theatre. At the time the Beatles were rising stars, a phenomenon that has caught the attention of all major media outlets and they had been sending journalists and photographers to report about ...

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Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story of One Band And The Whole World

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Dreaming The Beatles: The Love Story of One Band And The Whole World Rob Sheffield 368 Pages ISBN: #0062207652 Dey Street Books 2017 Rob Sheffield is so enamored of his subject on Dreaming the Beatles, any fan who reads it may be inspired to write a book on the band too. And that's because of the largely infectious, ebullient tone he maintains over the approximately three-hundred sixty pages. But Sheffield may actually be ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

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Anyone (and everyone?) will be in turns delighted and surprised upon immersion in the Super Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The dual sensations commence immediately upon slipping the EMI Studios Abbey Road replica tape box, slightly larger than a foot square, from its slipcover adorned with the famous cover photo rendered in 3D, continues with the discovery of the character cutouts the likes of which were enclosed in the album upon its ...

FILM REVIEWS

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years

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The BeatlesEight Days a Week: The Touring Years (2 DVD Deluxe Edition) Universal Music Group 2016 Even with an almost immediately coincidental announcement of home video release in the early fall of 2016, Ron Howard's Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years elicited a response so great on its initially limited theatrical showings, the film compelled subsequent extended runs. And rightly so, for the former TV star and renowned director's film contains a mix of ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl

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In casual talk and conversation now some half a century since the explosion of their popularity, the Beatles can seem a quaint phenomenon from the Sixties. But such a notion disappears when their music is playing as is the case with The Beatles: Live At The Hollywood Bowl. A companion piece to Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years, the Ron Howard film devoted to their years on the road, this audio title is a modified and expanded ...

FILM REVIEWS

The Beatles: 1+

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The Beatles 1+ Apple 2015 The passionate scholarship devoted to the Beatles' archival projects is an accurate reflection of the continuing resonance of the cultural paradigm shit they ignited some fifty years ago. For the 1+ DVD/CD package, masterful technical expertise (including upgrade to the CD originally issued in 2000) combines with a rigorously academic attention to detail enclosed in the hardbound book, all of which underscores with the labor of love approach only genuine ...

OPINION

Beatles, Oscars, Grammys & Overachieving: The Best Cliché Ever, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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So... the awards season is over. From the Golden Globes to the Grammys, the Winter Olympics to the Oscars, it's been a long and winding road. Among people competing for the various honors and annual awards, one of the more popular topics of conversation was: OK, let's say I am the winner--what then? Good question. Of those who believed they deserve the recognition (which is all of them) only those who had previously received one of ...

MIX TAPE

The Beatles: Mostly McCartney

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EMI was nice enough to send me every reissued Beatles release in 2009 which led to this ultimate playlist of mostly Paul McCartney led tunes. TrackNameTimeArtistAlbum1Good Day Sunshine2:09The BeatlesRevolver2Norwegian Wood2:04The BeatlesRubber Soul3Eleanor Rigby2:06The BeatlesRevolver4Love You To2:59The BeatlesRevolver5Michelle2:42The BeatlesRubber Soul6When I'm Sixty-Four2:37The BeatlesSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band7Here Comes The Sun3:05The BeatlesAbbey Road8Baby You're A Rich Man3:01The BeatlesMagical Mystery Tour9The Fool On The Hill2:59The BeatlesMagical Mystery Tour10Yesterday2:05The BeatlesHelp!11Dear Prudence3:55The BeatlesThe Beatles (White Album) [Disc 1]12Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da3:08The BeatlesThe Beatles ...


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