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

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Little, Brown Book Group, Nov 6, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 672 pages
Jonathan Gould's Can't Buy Me Love is more than just a book on the Beatles; it's a stunning recreation of the 1960s in England and America through the prism of the world's most iconic band. The Beatles, perhaps more than any act before or since, were a quintessential product of their time, and Gould brilliantly blends cultural history, musical analysis and group biography to show the unique part they played in the shaping of post-war Britain and America. Gould examines the influence of R&B, rockabilly, skiffle and Motown as the Fab Four forged a sound of their own; he illuminates the mercurial relationship the most productive and lucrative in recording music history between John Lennon and Paul McCartney; he critiques the songs they played and the movies they made, and their impact on competing bands and musicians, as well as on fashion, hairstyles, and humour; and he shows how events on both sides of the Atlantic created exactly the right cultural climate for the biggest music phenomenon of 20th century. Beautifully written, insightful, and wonderfully evocative, this is a magisterial biography by a popular historian of the very first rank.

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User Review  - aussiecowgurl - LibraryThing

If you are thinking this is just another Beatle biography with information we have all heard time and time again, think again. This is the best Beatle book that anyone has ever written. At the tender ... Read full review

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User Review  - ursula - LibraryThing

The point of the book isn't really to be about the various personalities of the Beatles themselves, but more about placing them and their music in the context of the times, showing how they were ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Jonathan Gould has been researching and writing Can't Buy Me Love for almost twenty years. He is a former professional musician who studied with the eminent jazz drummer Alan Dawson and spent many years working in bands and recording studios. This is his first book.

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