How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin by Leslie Woodhead
The Untold Story of a Noisy Revolution

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By the midpoint, readers well understand that the Beatles’ tuneful message of life, love and freedom helped engender a liberated mindset...But Woodhead wears out his point by hammering it home relentlessly.
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Imagine a world where Beatlemania was against the law-recordings scratched onto medical X-rays, merchant sailors bringing home contraband LPs, spotty broadcasts taped from western AM radio late in the night. This was no fantasy world populated by Blue Meanies but the USSR, where a vast nation of music fans risked repression to hear the defining band of the British Invasion.
The music of John, Paul, George, and Ringo played a part in waking up an entire generation of Soviet youth, opening their eyes to seventy years of bland official culture and rigid authoritarianism. Soviet leaders had suppressed most Western popular music since the days of jazz, but the Beatles and the bands they inspired-both in the West and in Russia-battered down the walls of state culture. Leslie Woodhead's How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin tells the unforgettable-and endearingly odd-story of Russians who discovered that all you need is Beatles. By stealth, by way of whispers, through the illicit late night broadcasts on Radio Luxembourg, the Soviet Beatles kids tuned in. "Bitles," they whispered, "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah."
 

About Leslie Woodhead

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Leslie Woodhead, OBE is one of Britain's most distinguished documentary filmmakers. His films have won many international awards, including recognition by the Emmy and Peabodys in America, and by BAFTA, and the Royal Television Society in the UK. He is the author of two books, My Life as a Spy and A Box Full of Spirits. He lives in Cheshire, England.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA. 304 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ed Vulliamy on Apr 20 2013

...Woodhead's story is woven through with the ironies of "liberation" from communism; at a deeper level this is a book about all rock'n'roll – protest and pop, indeed – not just the Beatles in Russia.

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on Dec 16 2012

By the midpoint, readers well understand that the Beatles’ tuneful message of life, love and freedom helped engender a liberated mindset...But Woodhead wears out his point by hammering it home relentlessly.

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