Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World

Skyhorse
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“A must-have for Beatles fans looking for new insight . . . Leonard uncovers fresh ideas [that] six decades of Beatles literature passed over” (The Spectrum).
 
Part generational memoir and part cultural history of the sixties, Beatleness is the first book to tell the story of the Beatles and their impact on America from the fans’ perspective.
When the Beatles arrived in the United States on February 7, 1964, they immediately became a constant, compelling presence in fans’ lives. For the next six years, the band presented a nonstop deluge of steadily evolving sounds, ideas, and images that transformed the childhood and adolescence of millions of baby boomers and nurtured a relationship unique in history. Exploring that relationship against the backdrop of the sexual revolution, political assassinations, the Vietnam War, and other events, and incorporating hundreds of hours of in-depth fan interviews, Beatleness examines critically the often-heard assertion that the Beatles “changed everything”—and shows how, through the interplay between the group, the fans, and the culture, that change came about.
 
“This fun and insightful study of pop music fandom is recommended both to older Beatlemaniacs who were there and to younger fans who want to know what it was like to be a part of the phenomenon.” —Library Journal
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About the author

Candy Leonard is a sociologist, first-generation Beatles fan, and Beatles scholar. She has spent years studying the effects of popular culture on human development, gender relations, and family life and is a qualitative research consultant to the health-care and entertainment industries, with a focus on baby boomer issues. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Publisher
Skyhorse
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Published on
Jul 5, 2016
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Pages
337
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ISBN
9781628727692
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Europe / Great Britain / 20th Century
Music / Genres & Styles / Pop Vocal
Social Science / Popular Culture
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This content is DRM protected.
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This extensively revised and expanded fifth edition of Understanding Popular Music Culture provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the production, distribution, consumption and meaning of popular music, and the debates that surround popular culture and popular music.

Reflecting the continued proliferation of popular music studies, the new music industry in a digital age, and the emergence of new stars, this new edition has been reorganized and extensively updated throughout, making for a more coherent and sequenced coverage of the field. These updates include:

two new chapters entitled ‘The Real Thing’: Authenticity, covers and the canon and ‘Time Will Pass You By’: Histories and popular memory new case studies on artists including The Rolling Stones, Lorde, One Direction and Taylor Swift further examples of musical texts, genres, and performers throughout including additional coverage of Electronic Dance Music expanded coverage on the importance of the back catalogue and the box set; reality television and the music biopic greater attention to the role and impact of the internet and digital developments in relation to production, dissemination, mediation and consumption; including the role of social network sites and streaming services each chapter now has its own set of expanded references to facilitate further investigation.

Additional resources for students and teachers can also be found on the companion website (www.routledge.com/cw/shuker), which includes additional case studies, links to relevant websites and a discography of popular music metagenres.

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