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Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780307353382
Author(s): Jonathan Gould
Format: Paperback
Year: 2008
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
Dimensions: 134 x 203 x 35 (w x l x h)
Pages: 661

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Nearly twenty years in the making, "Can't Buy Me Love" is a masterful work of group biography, cultural history, and musical criticism. That the Beatles were an unprecedented phenomenon is a given. In "Can't Buy Me Love," Jonathan Gould seeks to explain why, placing the Fab Four in the broad and tumultuous panorama of their time and place, rooting their story in the social context that girded both their rise and their demise.
Beginning with their adolescence in Liverpool, Gould describes the seminal influences—from Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry to "The Goon Show "and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"—that shaped the Beatles both as individuals and as a group. In addition to chronicling their growth as singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists, he highlights the advances in recording technology that made their sound both possible and unique, as well as the developments in television and radio that lent an explosive force to their popular success. With a musician's ear, Gould sensitively evokes the timeless appeal of the Lennon-McCartney collaboration and their emergence as one of the most creative and significant songwriting teams in history. And he sheds new light on the significance of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as rock's first concept album, down to its memorable cover art.
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