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Beatleness
20 April 2016
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Mrs. Textpert bought me a copy of this new book. It seems to be getting good reviews.

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"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

20 April 2016
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Expert Textpert said
Mrs. Textpert bought me a copy of this new book. It seems to be getting good reviews.

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Very interesting, @Expert Textpert . After you read some of it, let us know what you think! a-hard-days-night-george-10

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21 April 2016
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Will do. It might be soon, it might not be. My reading list is long. But it looks very interesting to me!

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

21 April 2016
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 Not trying to sound offensive to you or the missus @ET for buying this book,  I just stopped reading Beatles books as there really isn't anything new that hasn't been said, or new pics about the Beatles now for a decades!   Just a different cover and different sentences.....

Again, don't take it personally , there actually might be something new you missed, and it might be quite enjoyable! a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

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21 April 2016
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@Bongo said
 Not trying to sound offensive to you or the missus @ET for buying this book,  I just stopped reading Beatles books as there really isn't anything new that hasn't been said, or new pics about the Beatles now for a decades!   Just a different cover and different sentences.....

Again, don't take it personally , there actually might be something new you missed, and it might be quite enjoyable! a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

Take it you haven't read Tune In then, Bongo? There was much new to me in that, and I've been reading Beatles books for 36 years...

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21 April 2016
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I listened to a podcast with the author and turned it off before 5 minutes was up. Total garbage was being spouted.

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21 April 2016
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Apparently it's not so much about The Beatles as the fan experience. It's a sociological analysis. I tend to like that sort of thing. I'll let you know if it sucks. 71% of the Amazon reviews were 5 stars.

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Expert Textpert said
Apparently it's not so much about The Beatles as the fan experience. It's a sociological analysis.

That could be interesting. I can't wait for the Ron Howard Beatles movie, for that very reason. a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

Enjoy it ET! heart

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Beatleness, eh? Let me know if they spelled my name right. a-hard-days-night-george-4

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I've just started it. The preface to the paperback edition states that it's being used as a college and high school textbook, so it can't be totally garbage.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

6 May 2016
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Okay I'll give it a whirl. I just put this on my Kindle. Have some reading to catch up on first though.

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21 July 2016
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I just finished this book. It took me a while because I was only reading it during my morning commute and I'm reading several other books at home.

If you are looking for a book with new details about The Beatles, this is not for you. If you are interested in a book about what it was like to be a Beatles fan born between 1945 and 1961 in America, you might enjoy this. The author has interviewed many fans in this age group, which she defines as "first generation" fans, and created a narrative in which she interweaves all of the major events of the 60's with Beatle events and with fan commentary on what it was like being there at the time.

I was born in 1970, so a few of the events and popular references in this book were unfamiliar to me, but it gave me a general picture of the 60's and what it was like to be growing up during that time, and how being a Beatles fan shaped one's attitude and identity.

I would like to see a similar sociological study done where "second generation" and newer fans are interviewed. I'd like to know how the fan experience differs across generational divides. I know that I for one, as a member of Generation X, do not identify with "Baby Boomers" and occasionally find them off-putting in certain respects.

So, in short, if you are looking for something fun and light to read, or if you are interested in the first generation fan experience, pick this up. If you are interested in insights about The Beatles themselves, look elsewhere.

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Is there more about this book anywhere on the Beatlesbible-forum?
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'Beatleness' is one helluva book. This is proper oral-history. To gather these data/interviews is quite rare in Beatles land, and to write sensibly about this subject, separating the chaff from the corn, is also an achievement. Bruce Spizer tried to do something similar for the Sgt. Pepper anniversary but there was no structure and no serious effort to cover topics properly nor did the book aim to create a representative overview. Asking folks to write a contribution is not oral history, that's just fan-talk.
A better effort but not necessarily oral history either is the recent 'In Their Lives - Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs' edited by Andrew Blauner. This has literary quality, written, composed and structured pretty well. memorable stuff. 

 

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