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, Rob 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 favourite thing - and how they invented the future we’re all living in today.
“This is the best book about the Beatles ever written…passionate and eloquent…If aliens land tomorrow, and demand to know why we keep on pumping this particular brand of music into space, this is the first book you would hand them.” - Mashable
“You’ll have a fantastic, joyous time reading Dreaming the Beatles from cover to cover.” - USA Today
“Sheffield is the rare popular culture critic who is popular himself, and for his criticism at that - not bios or profiles or interviews or dumbed-down thumbs-ups, but the literate if colloquial and indecorously jocular analysis of an apostate English professor… So before I began writing this I paged through Ian MacDonald’s canonical Revolution in the Head and Devin McKinney’s renowned The Beatles in Dream and History, both of which rocketed up my to-do list. But neither has a chance of topping Rob Sheffield’s Dreaming the Beatles.” - Robert Christgau, Village Voice
“The Beatles are everything, and this is everything about the Beatles. Dreaming the Beatles is the individual exploration of a universal pop experience - listening to the Beatles, thinking about the Beatles, reinventing the Beatles in your mind, listening to them again, rethinking whatever it was you thought before, joking about them forever, and explaining your own life through the only four people who will always belong to everyone.” - Chuck Klosterman, author of the New York Times bestseller But What If We’re Wrong
“Usually hilarious, always surprising.” - Griel Marcus, Village Voice
“The essential joy of Dreaming the Beatles are these connections made between historical events, mythological band history, and the song itself - it’s sparkling, insightful, occasionally humorous writing unclouded by irony or cynicism about a capital-G Great Band.” - Spin
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 25th April 2017
Publisher: Dey Street Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78 x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.5