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Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World (edition 2017)

by Rob Sheffield (Author)

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"John, Paul, George, and Ringo remain the world's favorite thing. Yet every theory ever devised to explain why has failed. It wasn't their timing. It wasn't drugs. It wasn't that they were the voice of a generation. The vast majority of Beatles fans today weren't born when the records came out-- yet the allure of the music keeps on growing, nearly fifty years after the band split. The world keeps dreaming the Beatles, long after the Beatles themselves figured the dream was over. Our Beatles have outlasted theirs." --… (more)
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Title:Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World
Authors:Rob Sheffield (Author)
Info:Dey Street Books (2017), Edition: Reprint, 387 pages
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Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World by Rob Sheffield

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Subtitled “The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World” I was expecting this to provide insights into the Fab Four’s cross-cultural international appeal.

It isn’t that. In fact it’s the exact opposite in that it’s a personal reflection of one individual’s relationship with The Beatles and their music.

Rolling Stone writer and music critic Rob Sheffield uses Beatle songs, albums, and Beatles moments as springboards for a series of stream of conciseness essays that come together to provide a loose history of the band and its ongoing legacy. As a personal account Sheffield makes several remarks that you may not agree with (he clearly does not like Paul), as well as some insightful observations that will get you nodding your head.

The style is very conversational and flows well. It was almost a single sitting read for me (my flight home needed to be just 30 minutes longer).

Perhaps the best summary of this book comes it’s final chapter “The Beatles story keeps taking new turns on the personal level as well as the public one.” ( )
  gothamajp | Jun 16, 2022 |
I first found out about “Dreaming the Beatles” from a review I saw on Twitter. Even though I am just a casual Beatles fan (if that), I thought it sounded interesting. It turns out it was more than interesting – it was absolutely fascinating. Rob Sheffield uses many short chapters to give his personal perspective on why the Beatles are the greatest band ever, and why they are still relevant today. The chapters cover their whole career, and moves past the break up and into today.
Many of the stories may be well known to serious Beatles fans, but for me most of them were new. I found them completely fascinating, and it made me listen to their music again and made me want to learn more.
It isn’t only about the Beatles themselves. For example, one chapter covers 26 songs about the Beatles. Another covers the Beatles versus the Rolling Stones. While reading, it wrote down references to check up later – mostly songs and albums not by the Beatles. The whole front of the book was covered in sticky notes by the end.
The writing is great throughout, and often quite funny too. While reading it I found myself wishing it wouldn’t end. Really recommended for a great and interesting take on the Beatles. ( )
  Henrik_Warne | Dec 13, 2020 |
This was a lovely surprise to me. I learned more about the Beatles than I ever knew, and learned about songs that I may have heard but never thought about. It deepened my love fr the Beatles though I was never a screamer. I understood more about the impact their music and they themselves had on all pop and rock music and the culture. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Apr 4, 2020 |
Excellent! Must-read for Beatles fans. ( )
  tiptonhr | Dec 11, 2019 |
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It was never a pressing need for me to read any book about the Beatles. Born in northern Michigan in a small fishing town back in 1953, I grew up with them. It feels like only yesterday when as a thirteen year-old boy I made my way downtown to Loeffler’s Electronics to pick up my pre-ordered copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Band. It felt like precious cargo walking home with that LP tucked under my arm. When I placed it on the turntable in the basement a new world opened up for me. I had never heard anything like what my ears were now experiencing. These British pop stars had turned a new corner, one that was in some ways expected based on where their music had been going. But change is slow coming to a little town up north on Lake Huron. And I would never again be the same after my entire Beatle experience.

Dreaming the Beatles is a collection of essays telling the story of what this band means to a generation who grew up with the Beatles music on their parents’ stereos and their faces on T-shirts. I cannot imagine what that might have been like. I grew up in a home where even the mention of the Beatles was prohibited. The band’s first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show was cause for the future downfall of our country’s youth. My father was the president of our local School Board and the Iosco County News headlines one day soon after the first British Invasion abhorrently read, “Sarki says there will be no Beatles haircuts in Tawas Area Schools.” For years my three brothers and I were marshaled down to the basement for our customary two-week butch haircut. There we would squirm as our father cut away with his motorized shears, nicking our necks until they bled with regularity. But by the time Sgt. Pepper’s was issued there was no longer much that old Dad could do. Bangs were in and his boys were defiantly wearing them. Of course, I had a cowlick that prohibited a proper look. My style was more in tune with today’s spiked hair, except mine scrambled anywhere it wanted to except straight down.

As was predicted, mind-expanding drugs were introduced into my small town and the destruction of our youth became imminent. The Vietnam War certainly had something to do with it. Some of us survived. The Beatles for us were an everyday occurrence. Nothing existed without the Beatles’ mark upon it. Everything they said or did was reported and discussed. Hence the need for no further reading in a book about them. But now, so many years later, this title interested me. And the memories it brought forth were worth my time in reading it. The generations that came after ours have, and will have, their own set of experiences. But they will never be like our moments were back then, when British pop exploded in our bodies. And then it expanded and morphed into a world of psychedelic music, changing our minds forever, and opening us lucky ones to something bigger, more promising, and positively brighter. So come bless these boys in the band, and their passing that now-eternal audition. ( )
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January 30, 1969: Paul utters the words, "Thanks, Mo," which turn out to be his last words on the final Beatle album. His comment is easy to miss, like so many other details in the tumult of the Beatles' career, but it's there at the end of the song "Get Back," closing out Let It Be, released just a few weeks after he announced the band was breaking up. -Prelude, "Thanks, Mo"
The Beatles are far more famous and beloved now than they were in their lifespan, when they were merely the four most famous and beloved people on earth. With the words "Thanks, Mo," they began a strange new career - one where they just kept getting bigger, to their bewilderment and (at times) dismay. -Meet the Beatles (1962-1970)
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"John, Paul, George, and Ringo remain the world's favorite thing. Yet every theory ever devised to explain why has failed. It wasn't their timing. It wasn't drugs. It wasn't that they were the voice of a generation. The vast majority of Beatles fans today weren't born when the records came out-- yet the allure of the music keeps on growing, nearly fifty years after the band split. The world keeps dreaming the Beatles, long after the Beatles themselves figured the dream was over. Our Beatles have outlasted theirs." --

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