Tell Me Why: "Beatles" Commentary

 
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This commentary on the Beatles' discography details the musical progression achieved when the Beatles turned from live performance to recording. Tim Riley examines the personal, political and global influences on their song-writing and reflects on each album as a whole as well as the individual songs and patterns. This book explores the Beatles' influence on the popular music of the time and the author argues that they transformed the popular culture and gave it life. Tim Riley's music criticism has appeared in the academic journal "Popular Music", "The Christian Science Monitor" and on national public radio in the USA.

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Perhaps the first serious analysis of the Beatles' work and its impact on popular music, Tell Me Why is meticulous in its purpose and long overdue....Of the hundreds of books written about [the Beatles] none bring the musical knowledge and the familiarity with the period that Riley offers here."

-- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Album by album, song by song, Tim Riley gives us a new, deeper understanding of the Beatles. Outdistancing the countless tell-all biographies that have been written, Riley's study of the Beatles' music is as rigorous as it is soulful. He explores the entire Beatles catalogue, making clear that the legendary four were not simply teen idols -- that they were, in fact, brilliant musical innovators who created timeless songs and virtually invented the album-as-art.

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"Shrewdly balanced -- with musicology as important as sociology -- [Riley] offers Beatles criticism of unprecedented fullness." -- Kirkus Reviews

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