Academic journal article MEIEA Journal

Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World

Academic journal article MEIEA Journal

Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World

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Rob Sheffield. Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World. New York: Harper Collins, 2017. harpercollins.com

Toward the beginning of Dreaming the Beatles, Rolling Stone contributing editor Rob Sheffield indirectly concedes to how most would respond to word of yet another book on the Beatles. Indeed, there are many, from so many perspectives (former associates, musicians, musicologists, fans, etc.). But hand it to Mr. Sheffield for at least taking a different approach-one that works very well.

The balance of wit and fact is one quality that sets it apart. The information is very well researched and interpreted more as a fan than a historian or analyst. The influence of drugs on the writing and recordings of the Beatles, for instance, is expertly documented. But Mr. Sheffield relates his own experiences and reactions to the music of the time as well. His coverage of the breakup of the Beatles, always a conversation starter among fans, is a brilliant balance of fact versus personal observation.

More than just another "how the Beatles changed my life" text, Dreaming the Beatles is an expert's walk through the mythology of the Fab Four, with commentary and critique interspersed, suggesting (in some cases arguing) a re-interpretation of what various events and songs might have meant to their body of work.

Mr. …

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