The "Beatles", Popular Music and Society
A Thousand Voices


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The "Beatles", Popular Music and Society
A Thousand Voices

Ian Inglis (Editor)



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The Beatles' evolution from a Liverpool rock'n'roll group into one of the 20th century's defining images has been repeatedly chronicled but rarely analyzed. This is a critical appreciation of their music and career, and the issues and debates they provoked.

More has been written about the Beatles than any other performing artists of the twentieth century. Accounts of their lives and times have been retold, reproduced and reinvented to the extent that their achievements have passed into contemporary folklore and popular mythology. What has been surprisingly absent, however, is any sustained critical investigation of the numerous debates and issues the group provoked. This book provides that long overdue analysis, by seeking to present the academic study of the Beatles in its appropriate contexts - historical, political, musical and sociological. Consisting entirely of newly commissioned articles and written by an international group of scholars, its contents challenge many of the traditional assumptions about the Beatles and offer fresh and provocative insights into the nature of their success and its continuing influence. It is essential reading for those wishing to understand not only the phenomenon of the Beatles but also the cultural environment within which popular music continues to be practised and studied.


ISBN 333761561
ISBN13 9780333761564
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Format Paperback
Publication date 00/02/1999
Pages 240
Weight (grammes) 314
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 215
Width (mm) 137

List of Contributors List of Tables and Figures Acknowledgements Introduction: A Thousand Voices
I.Inglis Men of Ideas? Popular Music, Anti-intellectualism and the Beatles
I.Inglis Coming out of the Rhetoric of 'Merseybeat': Conversations with Joe Flannery
M.Brocken The Beatles and the Spectacle of Youth
J.Muncie Lennon-McCartney and the Early British Invasion 1964-1966
J.Fitzgerald From Me to You: Austerity to Profligacy in the Language of the Beatles
G.Cook &
N.Mercer The Postmodern White Album
E.Whitley You Can't Do That: The Beatles, Artistic Freedom and Censorship
M.Cloonan Tell Me What You See: the Influence and Impact of the Beatles' Movies
B.Neaverson The Celebrity Legacy of the Beatles
P.D.Marshall Refab Four: Beatles for Sale in the Age of Music Video
G.Burns 'Sitting in an English Garden': Comparing Representations of 'Britishness' in the Songs of the Beatles and 1990s Britpop Groups
A.Bennett Index