Beatles '66 by Steve Turner
The Revolutionary Year

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This book guides Beatles fans through that year in an engaging, interesting and compelling way. Beatles ’66 is a major achievement—for Beatles fans, yes of course, but also for anyone interested in how creativity works and is affected by its surroundings.
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A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture.

They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era.

The year that changed everything for the Beatles was 1966—the year of their last concert and their first album, Revolver, that was created to be listened to rather than performed. This was the year the Beatles risked their popularity by retiring from live performances, recording songs that explored alternative states of consciousness, experimenting with avant-garde ideas, and speaking their minds on issues of politics, war, and religion. It was the year their records were burned in America after John’s explosive claim that the group was "more popular than Jesus," the year they were hounded out of the Philippines for "snubbing" its First Lady, the year John met Yoko Ono, and the year Paul conceived the idea for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

On the fiftieth anniversary of this seminal year, music journalist and Beatles expert Steve Turner slows down the action to investigate in detail the enormous changes that took place in the Beatles’ lives and work during 1966. He looks at the historical events that had an impact on the group, the music they made that in turn profoundly affected the culture around them, and the vision that allowed four young men from Liverpool to transform popular music and serve as pioneers for artists from Coldplay to David Bowie, Jay-Z to U2.

By talking to those close to the group and by drawing on his past interviews with key figures such as George Martin, Timothy Leary, and Ravi Shankar—and the Beatles themselves—Turner gives us the compelling, definitive account of the twelve months that contained everything the Beatles had been and anticipated everything they would still become.

 

About Steve Turner

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Steve Turner is a British rock journalist and author of more than thirty books, including The Man Called Cash, Amazing Grace: The Story of America's Beloved Song, and A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song. He lives in London.
 
Published October 25, 2016 by Ecco. 704 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Aug 02 2016

Sir Paul once remarked to the author, “We were just four kids trying to earn a living.” They were much, much more, of course, and while he breaks little new ground, Turner does a nice job of capturing them at their best.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 22 2016

Going month by month, Turner aims to “slow things down”—and at times, the book moves a bit too slowly. Pacing aside, Turner succeeds in creating an illuminating portrait of the Beatles, both as a band and as individual artists.

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Reviewed by Paul LaRosa on Oct 24 2016

This book guides Beatles fans through that year in an engaging, interesting and compelling way. Beatles ’66 is a major achievement—for Beatles fans, yes of course, but also for anyone interested in how creativity works and is affected by its surroundings.

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