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The Beatles
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The Beatles
Leading the British Invasion
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Before they spearheaded the musical phenomenon called "the British Invasion," John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr were just four kids from Liverpool. Throughout the 1960s, however, they embodied, as the Beatles, the musical, artistic, social, and spiritual promise of an entire generation. After their stormy breakup in 1970, the Fab Four became four solo artists, at times even appearing on each other's recordings. In addition to the millions of records each band member has sold on his own since their breakup, more than 40 Beatles compilation albums have been released and continue to sell millions of copies. To this day, more than one billion Beatles recordings have sold, and thousands of books, academic papers, blogs, and websites are dedicated to the group. Despite being the Beatles for only a decade, John, Paul, George, and Ringo together formed the most successful—and arguably the most influential—musical group in history.

Before they spearheaded the musical phenomenon called "the British Invasion," John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr were just four kids from Liverpool. Throughout the 1960s, however, they embodied, as the Beatles, the musical, artistic, social, and spiritual promise of an entire generation. After their stormy breakup in 1970, the Fab Four became four solo artists, at times even appearing on each other's recordings. In addition to the millions of records each band member has sold on his own since their breakup, more than 40 Beatles compilation albums have been released and continue to sell millions of copies. To this day, more than one billion Beatles recordings have sold, and thousands of books, academic papers, blogs, and websites are dedicated to the group. Despite being the Beatles for only a decade, John, Paul, George, and Ringo together formed the most successful—and arguably the most influential—musical group in history.

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2013

    Gr 7 Up-The unsavory bits of these icons' stories are not glossed over. Rather, the subjects' weaknesses and words (such as the Beatles' drug use and a Muhammad Ali quotation that uses the "n" word) are delivered in a straightforward manner. Through the use of sidebars, quotations, and black-and-white photographs, readers are given not only information about the subjects themselves, but also about cultural events of the time. In The Beatles, each member's life receives coverage from child to adulthood. The stars' musical influences and successors, controversies, and personal relationships and conflicts are examined. This volume also touches upon other popular musicians, Eastern influences in both music and philosophy, and drugs. Muhammad Ali discusses the boxer's upbringing, religious beliefs, contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, and protestation of the war in Vietnam. It also includes text on Jim Crow laws, the social reforms of the 1960s, the Nation of Islam, and the sport of boxing. Despite a few typographical errors in Muhammad Ali, these titles are worthy resources for most libraries.-Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist, 5/13 "Students expressing an interest in rock or social history will enjoy Diane Dakers's well-thought-out introductory biography of the The Beatles which opens the door to further exploration of popular culture. The Beatles were cultural pacesetters, and it is hard to imagine what the 1960s would have been without them. Their influence on popular culture extended well beyond their music to fashion, philosophy, eastern spiritualism and the anti-war movement."
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