Revolution in the Head The "Beatles" Records and the Sixties

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Revolution in the Head The "Beatles" Records and the Sixties

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As dazzling as the decade they dominated, The Beatles almost single-handedly created pop music as we know it. Today, their songs are cited as seminal influences by stars like Oasis, Blur and Kula Shaker. Eloquently giving voice to their time, The Beatles quite simply changed the world. Fully updated to include material from The Beatles Live at the BBC and the Anthology series, this acclaimed book goes back to the heart of The Beatles - their records. Drawing on a unique resource of knowledge and experience to 'read' their 241 tracks - chronologically from their first amateur efforts in 1957 to 'Real Love', their final 'reunion' recording in 1995 - Ian MacDonald has created an engrossing classic of popular criticism in which the extraordinary songs of The Beatles remain a central and continually surprising presence.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Revised Edition              xi
Preface to the First Revised Edition xvii
Acknowledgements xxvi
Introduction: Fabled Foursome, Disappearing 1 (40)
Decade
THE BEATLES' RECORDS
Note on the cataloguing system 41 (344)
Part One Going Up 43 (140)
Part Two The Top 183 (68)
Part Three Coming Down 251 (118)
Part Four Looking Back 369 (16)
Note to Chronology 385 (8)
CHRONOLOGY: THE SIXTIES 393 (80)
Recommended Further Reading 473 (1)
Select Bibliography 474 (4)
Glossary 478 (9)
Compact Discography 487 (6)
Index of Songs and Keys 493 (6)
Index to Main Text 499