Meet the Beatles: A Cultural History of the Band That Shook Youth, Gender, and the World by Steven D. StarkRob 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.
Meet 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 expose 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.
Meet 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.
The Beatles U.S. Capitol Albums Explained - Meet the Beatles
Revisiting the Beatles’ Historic ‘Meet the Beatles!’ Album
The Beatles' Please Please Me album was rush-released by Parlophone on 22nd March, to capitalise on the enormous success of the title track which had been the group's second single and their first no. Ten of the album's fourteen tracks were recorded in just one day - 11th February, These included a mixture of stage favourites and "Lennon-McCartney originals". The four remaining songs had been committed to tape in having formed the B-side of their debut release and both sides of their second single. A slightly later recording of 'Love Me Do' to that previously released, was selected for the album. This version would also appear on a subsequent EP and later still on an American 1 single in EMI remained in the building until before moving to West London taking the famous balcony railing with them.
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Meet the Beatles! It was the first US Beatles album to be issued by Capitol Records , on 20 January in both mono and stereo formats. It topped the popular album chart on 15 February and remained at number one for eleven weeks before being replaced by The Beatles' Second Album. The cover featured Robert Freeman's iconic portrait of the Beatles used in the United Kingdom for With the Beatles , with a blue tint added to the original stark black-and-white photograph. Despite the "first album" claim on its cover, ten days prior to its release, Vee-Jay Records of Chicago beat Capitol to the punch with the release of the Beatles' American debut album Introducing The Beatles , which had been delayed for release for various reasons since the previous summer.