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“Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America” by Jonathan Gould
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9 January 2013
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I just finished it and really enjoyed it. If you've read any Beatles books that cover their childhood(s) up to the breakup (i.e. "Anthology"), you won't learn any new earth-shattering facts you did not already know. However, you will learn how their actions were influenced by society/culture and how society/culture in Britain and the US and was influenced by them. It really is an interesting angle.

Mr. Gould, being a musician himself, also did a nice job of dissecting each album and most of the songs on them. Some of that was a bit dry for me when he started talking about keys and chords and what-not as I am not a musician and could not possibly care less what key was being played or sung. But I know there are many of you here in the Forum that get all of that so you will probably get more out of it. His take on some of the songs' meanings was interesting as well.

I also enjoyed his style of writing, although there were times when I thought he owned stock in the company that publishes "Roget's Thesaurus". He seemed to strive for the rarely used word versus the simple one. That still did not stop me from enjoying this fine opuscule...I mean, book.

I know I will read it again sometime because there was a lot of info (606 pages) and I'm sure I may have glossed over some of it. If I did not like it all, I wouldn't bother with a second read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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I got Can't Buy Me Love this summer, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I heard some bad things about it, and that made me lose my interest in getting around to it.

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