Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World

Dreaming the Beatles The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World This is the best book about the Beatles ever written MashableRob Sheffield the Rolling Stone columnist and bestselling author of Love Is a Mix Tape offers an entertaining unconventional look at the

  • Title: Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World
  • Author: Robert J. Sheffield
  • ISBN: 9780062207678
  • Page: 279
  • Format: ebook
  • This is the best book about the Beatles ever written MashableRob 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 This is the best book about the Beatles ever written MashableRob 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.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 expos 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 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.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 favorite thing and how they invented the future we re all living in today.

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    1. Subtitled, “The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World,” this is something unusual – a different book about the Beatles. Author Rob Sheffield is an editor at Rolling Stones, a music critic and a Beatles fan. Sheffield’s parents were amused, and slightly confused, about the obsession that he, and his sisters, had for the Beatles. Didn’t they know that this band had split up? In fact, Sheffield’s real argument, in this extremely personal love letter to the band, is that the fact th [...]

    2. msarki.tumblr/post/160690It was never a pressing need for me to read any book about the Beatles. Born in northern Michigan in a small fishing town back in 1953, I grew up with them. It feels like only yesterday when as a thirteen year-old boy I made my way downtown to Loeffler’s Electronics to pick up my pre-ordered copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Band. It felt like precious cargo walking home with that LP tucked under my arm. When I placed it on the turntable in the basement a new wo [...]

    3. When I was in middle school, we used to pass around 'slam' books (notebooks that a classmate asked a question at the top of each page, passed it around and everyone in class answered each question, as well as attaching our name to the answereventually making its way back to the questioner/owner.) I think every single book had as one of the questions: Beatles or Stones? You had to identify yourself as a Beatles or Stones fan. I don't remember many people answering: both. I was a Stone's "girl." S [...]

    4. I preordered this book back in October. I've read hundreds of books about the Beatles, and am always actively looking for books about the Beatles that are new, refreshing, and different. I'd had high hopes that this would be one of them. It wasn't. Dreaming the Beatles felt more like a personal attack on Paul McCartney and a love letter to John Lennon (with very average opinions of Ringo and George sprinkled in) with no new anecdotes, stories; or musings. It was recycled material, as many Beatle [...]

    5. got this for Christmas for a friend musician though Beatles are a bit before my time, struck by how incredibly young they were! he liked it, he knew the songs, he knew the history, i liked this vision of earlier pop i always tell him, yeah the Beatles were pretty good, but they weren't The Clash

    6. (1 1/2) Unless you are a truly hardcore Beatles fan, do not bother cracking this book. The information is fascinating, dull, overwhelming and interestingly engaging all at the same time. The stories behind individual songs, like who was trying to up one another between Dylan, the Stones, the Beach Boys and the Beatles is out there, but it resonates. The exploration of the personality conflicts within the group are nothing new, but Sheffield does seem to put a new spin on it and his perspective s [...]

    7. I have tried to read countless biographies on musical figures I am interested in knowing more about. Rarely do I finish one. They typically don't hold my interest or the writing style is difficult to follow. Neither is true for "Dreaming." Having checked this out from the Library, "Dreaming" is a book that I would treat myself to again at some point. My only qualm is that Rob Sheffield can get a little corny at times, trying to insert lines from various Beatle songs into his own paragraphswithou [...]

    8. total delight for anyone who went through Beatles phase or never left onewill make you fall in love again but with a sharp critical eye

    9. Surely the best book about the Beatles, this does the impossible and finds something new to say about them. It's a funny, insightful, and provocative exploration of the varieties of fandom they've inspired over the decades, hopscotching between topics like how the band was created inside the roar of "girl noise," John's plan to have them live together on a Greek island, significant cover versions, and 'Paul is a concept by which we measure our pain.' Sheffield is also great on their post-breakup [...]

    10. Sheffield is always an entertaining writer, but I feel like I was sold a bit of goods in that the book promises to examine the Beatles' relationship to the world, and it's really more about the Beatles' relationship to Rob Sheffield. Which is okay, but not quite what I was expecting. Sheffield takes some well known Beatles history, adds his own conjecture and a lot of Beatles puns, and winds up with a quick read that sheds very little new light on the Fab Four. And although he spends a whole cha [...]

    11. I mean, it's Rob Sheffield plus The Beatles. Hello, wheelhouse. There have been lots of books written on the Fab Four, but the premise of this one seeks to understand exactly why we love them so much. (The answer mostly comes down towe just do.) Dreaming the Beatles goes in mostly chronological order, following the band from the early days through its several attempted dissolutions to the massive hit of the 1 album, which got a WHOLE lot of a play in my house.Here's the thing about The Beatles-- [...]

    12. My reviews of this outstanding book begin with -I've always loved The Beatles. First as a fan, always as a fan. How much as a fan? Well, I was delighted to find a subscription to Sirius/XM Radio in my new car, early this month, and I promptly tuned it to MSNBC. Until The Beatles channel checked in on May 18, and that's what I listen to when I'm driving now. Even when I'm not driving -- I just came in from my driveway, because I wanted to hear the end of "Baby You Can Drive My Car". I'd probably [...]

    13. If the music of the Beatles endures in a sanctified area of your soul, you should read this insightful and wonderfully subjective book by the Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield. Over a number of chapters that serve as a rough chronology of the band's career and aftermath, "Dreaming The Beatles" asks a question: why are they still so popular - indeed, even more so than when they were the world's most popular group in the 1960s? I started listening to the Beatles in my early adolescence and my [...]

    14. Let me begin with this: I've read everything Sheffield has written except for On Bowie, and that's only because I know Bowie songs but not enough to read a book about them. If this is the first Sheffield book you're reading, great! Now go back and read Love Is a Mixtape and don't stop until you get to Turn Around Bright Eyes. With that being said, I'm a huge Beatles fan. Not as big as Sheffield but my engagement involved Ringo's Lego character holding my ring in the Yellow Submarine Lego set so, [...]

    15. Not an essential bookI bought this based on the recommendation of a friend who proclaimed that he learned so much new information about the Beatles (first chapter, according to him). I didn’t learn much I didn’t know already. The Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da story was new to me and I was happy to learn that one. I’m still not sure it was worth the price.While I can’t say I regret reading the book, I do kind of regret buying it. There’s not much new here. While it’s interesting to read another [...]

    16. This book should have been called "Mansplaining the Beatles: A Love Story of One Band and Rob Sheffield". I think it's supposed to feel like a conversation. Unfortunately, it's the one you're stuck in with the guy you just met at a party who loves the sound of his own voice and uses every topic to prove what an expert he is in, oh, everything, and if you have the nerve to disagree he proceeds to explain that it's simply because you haven't thought about in the way he is about to enlighten you on [...]

    17. This is an excellent book if you are looking for a fresh perspective on why the Beatles still matter as well as looking for interesting analysis of some of their songs and albums. Sheffield is a passionate fan of the group and never claims to give an unbiased account. This works perfectly for the book. It is not intended as a biography of the band. For that, there are many other choices. I love this book for how he argues points like how Rubber Soul is the album with their best singing, his Osca [...]

    18. This isn’t a book that just be read. It demands to be listened to. I spent most of my time reading then pausing to listen to the music—sometimes as though it was my very first time. I’m a longtime Beatles fan – and I’ve read a lot about them. What makes this so different is the weaving of the history of the music with the legacy of the music, and his fundamental argument that the BEATLES began when the Beatles broke up. He's doing this thing where he's not only discussing the Beatles a [...]

    19. This is not a history of The Beatles, this book is by a fan and written for fans. And when I say "fans" I mean everyone who has ever enjoyed the Beatles. This book isn't just for those that grew up when the Fab Four were topping the charts on the regular. This is for everyone who has ever connected with their music and their stories and wondered "Why does this band still fascinate so many people?" This is a collection of thoughts and ruminations by Sheffield on what The Beatles mean to him. You [...]

    20. Dreaming the Beatles from Rob Sheffield is a major disappointment. Not because I expect quality or insightful observations from Sheffield, far from it, he delivered the self-absorbed nonsense I expected, but because it is always disappointing to read sophomoric drivel about artists who have inspired so much quality writing and thought. But, lets not forget, Sheffield represents the direction Rolling Stone took when they quit even trying to be serious and went fully fluff in the late 90s.Parts of [...]

    21. There are three things that never change, Rob Sheffield tells us in this book: “1) people love the Beatles, 2) it’s a little weird and scary how much people love the Beatles, and 3) even people who love the Beatles keep underestimating how much people love the Beatles.” (307). That’s pretty much what this book is about, and it’s clear that Rob has a very special love for the Beatles.Every now and then you will meet someone who says something like, “I just don’t get what was so grea [...]

    22. A platonic love letter from an adoring admirer to the band that was more popular than you-know-who, Sheffield explores the good and bad in his opinion, and doesn't shy away from occasional criticism (although it is rarely harsh) in the various essays. It's not a standard bio or career overview. Thankfully, he also resists taking cheap shots at Ringo and the various wives, which is actually sort of refreshing.He also briefly talks about the band's resurgence in the 90's to the esteemed level they [...]

    23. "Dreaming the Beatles" est un livre de fan, et du coup, c'est autant un livre sur Robert J. Sheffield (l'auteur) que sur les Scarabées (le sujet). - Et après tout, pourquoi pas? Tout a été dit (ou presque) sur les Beatles, on attend juste le second tome (sur trois) de l'uber-biographie signée Mark Lewisohn histoire de vérifier.Alors oui, il a bien les jalons archi-connus évoqués par-ci par-là et qui servent de rosaire au beatleogues de tout poil, genre "Le jour où Paul rencontra John" [...]

    24. This is a book for Beatles fans and music nerds, both of which I've been since about 6. It covers just enough facts that I didn't know to make it a reference book of sorts, and plenty of lyrical references to make me feel a part of the club. When I say things like that, what I mean is there is a chance, when reading a book by a music nerd, that you don't feel like you're in on the secret; if there's too many references that the reader doesn't know, then you risk them tuning out because they feel [...]

    25. a better title would be a "The Love Story of One Band and Rob Sheffield", but that's what makes this book great. I wouldn't say there's any new information in these pages for the lifelong Beatle fanatics this book is for, but it's beautifully written and for someone who eats up any and all books about The Beatles, I read this in two multi-hour sessions and practically couldn't stop myself. the main question the book asks is one practically every Beatle fan wonders - when is the bubble going to b [...]

    26. I’ve read many books on one of my favorite subjects - The Beatles - and this is one of the best! If you’re thinking “Geez, not another book about The Beatles - what’s left to say!” you could not be more wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed the layout of the book (not your typical “John was born in 1940, Paul was born in 1942, then they met and the rest is history” biography). In fact it doesn’t read like a biography at all. Rob Sheffield is a noted journalist and author with an obvious li [...]

    27. This is not only the best book I've ever read on the Fab Four, but one of the most enjoyable pieces of rock criticism I've ever encountered. Over the course of 36 essays, Sheffield enthusiastically and articulately geeks out over the band's music, their psychological chemistry, weird artisitic detours, and the group's staying power and hold over popular culture - amazingly becoming more popular now than they've ever been, decades after they originally split up. He offers lots of fresh insights - [...]

    28. Robert Sheffield y los Beatles son dos cosas a las que me siento atraido por el sentimiento de familiaridad que me provocan.Los segundos, por ser los segundos, pues tal como apunta Sheffield en un capítulo, los beatles son de tus primeras memorias musicales y seguramente son de las más recientes.El primero por su trabajo en Rolling Stone y por haber escrito Love is a Mixtape y haberme hecho llorar más de lo que debería. El libro aborda distintos tópicos respecto a los beatles en orden crono [...]

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