In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs
- Publish Date: 2017-05-23
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Andrew Blauner
For readers who loved Tune In and Nick Hornbyâs Songbook, an anthology of essays from a chorus of twenty-nine luminaries singing the praises of their favorite Beatles songs.
The Beatlesâ influenceâon their contemporaries, on our cultural consciousness, and on the music industry ever afterâis difficult to overstate. We all have a favorite song from the band that made us want to fall in love, tune in, and follow our dreams. Arranged chronologically by the date of the songâs release, these essays highlight both the Beatlesâ evolution as well as the span of generations their music affected. From Beatlemaniacs who grew up listening to the iconic albums on vinyl to new fans who download the songs on iTunes, each contributor explores a poignant intersection between Beatles history and personal history.
With contributions from twenty-nine authors and musiciansâRoz Chast on âShe Loves You,â Jane Smiley on âI Want to Hold Your Hand,â Rosanne Cash on âNo Reply,â Gerald Early on âIâm a Loser,â Rick Moody on âThe End,â Maria Popova on âYellow Submarine,â David Duchovny on âDear Prudence,â Chuck Klosterman on âHelter Skelter,â David Hadju on âYou Know My Name (Look Up the Number),â and moreâthe breadth of the bandâs impact is clear. From musings on young love and family strife to explorations of racial boundaries and identity, these essays pay tribute to a band that ran the gamut of human experience in a way no musical group has done before or since.
Timed for the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepperâs Lonely Hearts Club Band, this anthology captures the full spectrum of reasons fans still love the Fab Four after all these years.Â Â
âIn Their Lives is full of pleasant surprises.ââNew York Times