Dreaming the Beatles
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Dreaming the Beatles

Rob Sheffield

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Rob Sheffield

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An NPR Best Book of the Year • Winner of the Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism

"This is the best book about the Beatles ever written" — Mashable

Rob 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.

Dreamingthe 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, 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 theBeatles 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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Aaliyah, 124
Abba, 13
Abbey Road (album), 5, 10, 13, 83, 95, 100, 159, 160, 194, 199, 211–215, 225–229, 232, 256, 261–62
Abbey Road (studio), 5, 83–84, 90–96, 118–120 132, 138, 151, 191, 199, 212, 213, 234–35
“About a Girl,” 302
“Across the Universe,” 102
“Act Naturally,” 65
Adams, Douglas, 66
Aerosmith, 102, 279
Aftermath, 132, 137–38, 182, 184
“Afternoon Delight,” 276
“Ain’t No Way,” 101
“Ain’t That Peculiar,” 91
“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” 298
“All My Loving,” 9, 74, 261
“All right, George!,” 38
“All She Wants to Do Is Dance,” 299
All Things Must Pass, xii, 55, 234, 245, 269
“All Those Years Ago,” 54, 289
“All Together Now,” 111, 172
All You Need is Cash, 114
“All You Need Is Love,” 9, 178, 186, 251, 285
“Alphabet Street,” 315
Altamont, 202–206
“American Pie,” 205
American Top 40, 158
“And Your Bird Can Sing,” xi, 9, 89, 120, 131, 134, 136, 137, 138, 139
“Angel Baby,” 59
“Anna (Go To Him),” 40
“Another Day,” 14
Ant, Adam, 257
Anthology, 4–5, 9, 31, 68, 72, 136, 193, 304–6, 307
“Any Time at All,” 280
Appetite for Destruction, 139
Apple, Fiona, 104
Apple, 15, 66–67, 177, 287–88
“Apple Scruffs,” xii, 77
Armchair Controversy, 223–24
Asher, Jane, 117, 133, 146, 176
Asher, Peter, 133, 217
“Ask Me Why,” 38, 51
Aspinall, Neil, 142, 143, 144, 146, 223
“Attack of the Blue Meanies,” 227
Austen, Jane, 314–15
Auteurs, 194
Aykroyd, Dan, 256
Ayler, Albert, 133
“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” 107
“Baby It’s You,” 40, 59
“Baby You’re a Rich Man,” 172
“Baby’s in Black,” 11, 18, 311–12, 313
Bacall, Lauren, 67
Bach, Barbara, xii
The Bacchae, 72
“Back in the U.S.S.R.,” 281
Back to the Egg, 269
Backstreet Boys, 307
“Bad Boy,” 280–82
Bad Company, 206
Badfinger, 273
Bailey, F. Lee, 217
“Ballad of a Thin Man,” 152
“The Ballad of John and Yoko,” 244, 251–52
“Ballrooms of Mars,” 109
Bananas magazine, 158–59, 160
The Band, 159
Band on the Run, 268–69
“Band on the Run,” 81
The Bangles, 111
Bangor, Wales: Beatles retreat to, 165, 176–77, 179
Bardot, Brigitte, 154, 234
Barrett, Syd, 53
Bauhaus, 112–13
Bay City Rollers, 17–18, 261
Beach Boys, 132, 136, 285
Beardsley, Aubrey, 153
Beastie Boys, 18, 101–2
The Beatle Tapes, 284
Beatlemania, 286–88
The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, 11, 17, 18, 72, 73, 77, 227, 284
Beatles for Sale, 72, 84, 97, 112
The Beatles Forever (Schaffner), 16, 216
“The Beatles Movie Medley,” 107–8
The Beatles Second Album, 60, 73. See also With the Beatles
Beaucoups of Blues, 69, 2...

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