Meet the Beatles: A Cultural History of the Band That Shook Youth, Gender, and the World

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Rob Sheffield, the Rolling Stone columnist and bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape, offers an entertaining, unconventional look at the most popular band in history, the Beatles, exploring what they mean today and why they still matter so intensely to a generation that has never known a world without them.

Meet the Beatles is not another biography of the Beatles, or a song-by-song analysis of the best of John and Paul. It isn't another expose about how they broke up. It isn't a history of their gigs or their gear. It is a collection of essays telling the story of what this ubiquitous band means to a generation who grew up with the Beatles music on their parents' stereos and their faces on T-shirts. What do the Beatles mean today? Why are they more famous and beloved now than ever? And why do they still matter so much to us, nearly fifty years after they broke up?

As he did in his previous books, Love is a Mix Tape, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, and Turn Around Bright Eyes, Sheffield focuses on the emotional connections we make to music. This time, he focuses on the biggest pop culture phenomenon of all time--The Beatles. In his singular voice, he explores what the Beatles mean today, to fans who have learned to love them on their own terms and not just for the sake of nostalgia.

Meet the Beatles tells the story of how four lads from Liverpool became the world's biggest pop group, then broke up--but then somehow just kept getting bigger. At this point, their music doesn't belong to the past--it belongs to right now. This book is a celebration of that music, showing why the Beatles remain the world's favorite thing--and how they invented the future we're all living in today.

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Meet the Beatles Based on extensive research and more than a hundred new interviews, Stark offers a compelling interpretation of their story, beginning with their childhoods in England, the central importance of drugs, how the band came to create a new vision of the role of women, and the unique conditions that allowed these four to conquer America faster than any other cultural phenomenon in history. Full description

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"At the forefront of a 'new wave' of Beatles studies"--Boston Globe Sunday Magazine

"A clear, new picture of the Beatles as pop-culture phenomenon. . . . thoughly entertaining and engaging"--Buffalo News

"A thorough biography of the band . . . Stark is sharp and insightful"--Publishers Weekly

"A volume worthy of its subjects . . . thoughtful, provocative, and valuable"--Washington Post Book World

"[A] remarkably fresh perspective . . . Stark's style, though scholarly, is incisive and altogether entertaining."--Knoxville News-Sentinel

"Insightful . . . Stark embeds the band in ideas and movements"--Newsday

A volume worthy of its subjects . . . thoughtful, provocative, and valuable --Washington Post Book World"

Insightful . . . Stark embeds the band in ideas and movements --Newsday"

[A] remarkably fresh perspective . . . Stark s style, though scholarly, is incisive and altogether entertaining. --Knoxville News-Sentinel"

A thorough biography of the band . . . Stark is sharp and insightful --Publishers Weekly"

At the forefront of a new wave of Beatles studies --Boston Globe Sunday Magazine"

A clear, new picture of the Beatles as pop-culture phenomenon. . . . thoughly entertaining and engaging --Buffalo News"

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