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Rob Sheffield, the Rolling Stone columnist and bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape offers an entertaining, unconventional look at the most popular band in history, the Beatles, exploring what they mean today and why they still matter so intensely to a generation that has never known a world without them.
Dreaming the Beatles is not another biography of the Beatles, or a song-by-song analysis of the best of John and Paul. It isn’t another exposé about how they broke up. It isn’t a history of their gigs or their gear. It is a collection of essays telling the story of what this ubiquitous band means to a generation who grew up with the Beatles music on their parents’ stereos and their faces on T-shirts. What do the Beatles mean today? Why are they more famous and beloved now than ever? And why do they still matter so much to us, nearly fifty years after they broke up?
As he did in his previous books, Love is a Mix Tape, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, and Turn Around Bright Eyes, Sheffield focuses on the emotional connections we make to music. This time, he focuses on the biggest pop culture phenomenon of all time—The Beatles. In his singular voice, he explores what the Beatles mean today, to fans who have learned to love them on their own terms and not just for the sake of nostalgia.
Dreaming the Beatles tells the story of how four lads from Liverpool became the world’s biggest pop group, then broke up—but then somehow just kept getting bigger. At this point, their music doesn’t belong to the past—it belongs to right now. This book is a celebration of that music, showing why the Beatles remain the world’s favorite thing—and how they invented the future we’re all living in today.
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June 18, 2017
Subtitled, “The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World,” this is something unusual – a different book about the Beatles. Author Rob Sheffield is an editor at Rolling Stones, a music critic and a Beatles fan. Sheffield’s parents were amused, and slightly confused, about the obsession that he,...
May 15, 2017
It was never a pressing need for me to read any book about the Beatles. Born in northern Michigan in a small fishing town back in 1953, I grew up with them. It feels like only yesterday when as a thirteen year-old boy I made my way downtown to Loeffler’s El...
July 02, 2017
When I was in middle school, we used to pass around 'slam' books (notebooks that a classmate asked a question at the top of each page, passed it around and everyone in class answered each question, as well as attaching our name to the answer...eventually making its way back to the questioner/owne...
April 24, 2017
I preordered this book back in October. I've read hundreds of books about the Beatles, and am always actively looking for books about the Beatles that are new, refreshing, and different. I'd had high hopes that this would be one of them. It wasn't.
Dreaming the Beatles felt more like a personal a...
January 02, 2018
got this for Christmas for a friend musician though Beatles are a bit before my time, struck by how incredibly young they were! he liked it, he knew the songs, he knew the history, i liked this vision of earlier pop... i always tell him, yeah the Beatles were pretty good, but they weren't The Cla...
July 10, 2017
(1 1/2) Unless you are a truly hardcore Beatles fan, do not bother cracking this book. The information is fascinating, dull, overwhelming and interestingly engaging all at the same time. The stories behind individual songs, like who was trying to up one another between Dylan, the Stones, the Beac...
June 05, 2017
I have tried to read countless biographies on musical figures I am interested in knowing more about. Rarely do I finish one. They typically don't hold my interest or the writing style is difficult to follow. Neither is true for "Dreaming." Having checked this out from the Library, "Dreaming" is a...
November 14, 2017
total delight for anyone who went through Beatles phase or never left one...will make you fall in love again but with a sharp critical eye
December 27, 2017
Surely the best book about the Beatles, this does the impossible and finds something new to say about them. It's a funny, insightful, and provocative exploration of the varieties of fandom they've inspired over the decades, hopscotching between topics like how the band was created inside the roar...
May 24, 2017
I mean, it's Rob Sheffield plus The Beatles. Hello, wheelhouse. There have been lots of books written on the Fab Four, but the premise of this one seeks to understand exactly why we love them so much. (The answer mostly comes down to...we just do.) Dreaming the Beatles goes in mostly chronologica...