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Boasting the intellectual rigor of a historian and the passion of a diehard fanand#8212;a groundbreaking narrative account of the biggest and most misconstrued rivalry in the annals of rock and roll.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With the sophistication of a historian, the storytelling skills of a journalist, and the passion of a fan, John McMillian explores the multifaceted relationship between the two greatest bands of our time.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In the 1960s the two biggest bands in the worldand#8212;the lovable Beatles and the bad-boy Rolling Stonesand#8212;waged an epic battle. and#8220;The Beatles want to hold your hand,and#8221; wrote Tom Wolfe, and#8220;but the Stones want to burn down your town.and#8221; Both groups liked to maintain that they werenand#8217;t really and#8220;rivalsand#8221;and#8212;that was just a media myth, they politely saidand#8212;but on both sides of the Atlantic, they plainly competed for commercial success and aesthetic credibility. In andlt;iandgt;Beatles vs. Stonesandlt;/iandgt;, John McMillian gets to the truth behind the ultimate rock and#8217;nand#8217; roll debate.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;McMillian reveals how music managers helped to construct the Beatles-Stones rivalry as they set out to engineer moneymaking empires. He explores how the Beatles were marketed as cute and amiable, when in fact they came from hardscrabble backgrounds in Liverpool. By contrast, the Stones were cast as an edgy, dangerous group, even though they mostly hailed from the London suburbs. Although the Beatles always sold more records than the Stones, the Stones seemed to win greater credibility with the and#8220;rightand#8221; types of fans: discerning bohemians, as opposed to hysterical teenyboppers. Later, the Beatles embraced Flower Power, while the Stones briefly aligned themselves with New Left militance. Ever since, writers and historians have associated the Beatles with the gauzy idealism of the and#8220;goodand#8221; sixties and portrayed the Stones as representatives of the dangerous and nihilistic and#8220;badand#8221; sixties. andlt;iandgt;Beatles vs. Stonesandlt;/iandgt; explodes that split.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In a lively narrative that whisks readers from Liverpool to London to New York Cityand#8212;and to various recording studios, nightclubs, concerts, courtrooms, and protest rallies in betweenand#8212;McMillian also delves into the personal relationships between the two groups. In one chapter we see Lennon and McCartney huddle up in a rehearsal space and show the Stones how to write their own material; in another we eavesdrop on Jagger and Richards as they watch the Beatles play Shea Stadium from the visitorsand#8217; dugout. McMillian also shows us how the two groups feuded about which act would headline a legendary Poll Winnersand#8217; concert and the pernicious effect that the American businessman Allen Klein had on both bands.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Based on exhaustive research in primary sources, including overlooked teen magazines and underground newspapers, andlt;iandgt;Beatles vs. Stonesandlt;/iandgt; tells a vital story of the 1960s through the lens of musicand#8217;s greatest rivalry. Spirited, insightful, and gracefully written, this is the definitive account of the friendship and rivalry between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Review:

"An assistant professor of history at Georgia State University, McMillian has created what amounts to an extended compare-and-contrast essay by juxtaposing the careers of the two greatest rock 'n' roll bands of the 20th century. He hopes to uncover whether these two bands were rivals or allies, and whether the Beatles were truly the good boys and the Stones were really the bad boys as each was respectively portrayed. McMillian builds a case for both sides of each argument, using existing interviews, an impressive bibliography, and some little-known sources. While the history of both bands is oft-covered territory, the author turns up some great nuggets, like the true origins of the Beatles' name; police information about one of the Stones' famous drug busts; and how Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote their first song together. In the end, McMillian has written an informative look at music's image machine — a powerful combination of media, marketing, and celebrity." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Boasting the intellectual rigor of a historian and the passion of a diehard fan—a groundbreaking narrative account of the biggest and most misconstrued rivalry in the annals of rock and roll.

In the 1960s an epic battle was waged between the two biggest bands in the world—the clean-cut, mop-topped Beatles and the badboy Rolling Stones. Both groups liked to maintain that they werent really “rivals”—that was just a media myth, they politely said—and yet they plainly competed for commercial success and aesthetic credibility. On both sides of the Atlantic, fans often aligned themselves with one group or the other. In Beatles vs. Stones, John McMillian gets to the truth behind the ultimate rock and roll debate.

Painting an eye-opening portrait of a generation dragged into an ideological battle between Flower Power and New Left militance, McMillian reveals how the Beatles-Stones rivalry was created by music managers intent on engineering a moneymaking empire. He describes how the Beatles were marketed as cute and amiable, when in fact they came from hardscrabble backgrounds in Liverpool. By contrast, the Stones were cast as an edgy, dangerous group, even though they mostly hailed from the chic London suburbs. For many years, writers and historians have associated the Beatles with the gauzy idealism of the “good” sixties, placing the Stones as representatives of the dangerous and nihilistic “bad” sixties. Beatles vs. Stones explodes that split, ultimately revealing unseen realities about Americas most turbulent decade through its most potent personalities and its most unforgettable music.

Synopsis:

andlt;Bandgt;Boasting the intellectual rigor of a historian and the passion of a diehard fan--a groundbreaking narrative account of the biggest and most misconstrued rivalry in the annals of rock and roll.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;pandgt;In the 1960s an epic battle was waged between the two biggest bands in the worldand#8212;the clean-cut, mop-topped Beatles and the badboy Rolling Stones. Both groups liked to maintain that they werenand#8217;t really and#8220;rivalsand#8221;and#8212;that was just a media myth, they politely saidand#8212;and yet they plainly competed for commercial success and aesthetic credibility. On both sides of the Atlantic, fans often aligned themselves with one group or the other. In andlt;Iandgt;Beatles vs. Stonesandlt;/Iandgt;, John McMillian gets to the truth behind the ultimate rock and roll debate.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Painting an eye-opening portrait of a generation dragged into an ideological battle between Flower Power and New Left militance, McMillian reveals how the Beatles-Stones rivalry was created by music managers intent on engineering a moneymaking empire. He describes how the Beatles were marketed as cute and amiable, when in fact they came from hardscrabble backgrounds in Liverpool. By contrast, the Stones were cast as an edgy, dangerous group, even though they mostly hailed from the chic London suburbs. For many years, writers and historians have associated the Beatles with the gauzy idealism of the and#8220;goodand#8221; sixties, placing the Stones as representatives of the dangerous and nihilistic and#8220;badand#8221; sixties. andlt;Iandgt;Beatles vs. Stonesandlt;/Iandgt; explodes that split, ultimately revealing unseen realities about Americaand#8217;s most turbulent decade through its most potent personalities and its most unforgettable music.

About the Author

John McMillian is assistant professor of history at Georgia State University and author of the critically acclaimed andlt;iandgt;Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in Americaandlt;/iandgt;. His writing has appeared in scholarly journals, magazines, and major newspapers. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439159699
Author:
Mcmillian, John
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
McMillian, John
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
JOHN MCMILLIAN, Beatles vs. Stones, the beatles, the rolling stones, rock and roll, classic rock, music history, british invasion, bands, rivalry, 1960s, Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America
Subject:
JOHN MCMILLIAN, Beatles vs. Stones, the beatles, the rolling stones, rock and roll, classic rock, music history, british invasion, bands, rivalry, 1960s, Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America
Subject:
JOHN MCMILLIAN, Beatles vs. Stones, the beatles, the rolling stones, rock and roll, classic rock, music history, british invasion, bands, rivalry, 1960s, Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America
Subject:
JOHN MCMILLIAN, Beatles vs. Stones, the beatles, the rolling stones, rock and roll, classic rock, music history, british invasion, bands, rivalry, 1960s, Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America
Subject:
JOHN MCMILLIAN, Beatles vs. Stones, the beatles, the rolling stones, rock and roll, classic rock, music history, british invasion, bands, rivalry, 1960s, Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-16pp bandamp;w photo insert; index, no
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An assistant professor of history at Georgia State University, McMillian has created what amounts to an extended compare-and-contrast essay by juxtaposing the careers of the two greatest rock 'n' roll bands of the 20th century. He hopes to uncover whether these two bands were rivals or allies, and whether the Beatles were truly the good boys and the Stones were really the bad boys as each was respectively portrayed. McMillian builds a case for both sides of each argument, using existing interviews, an impressive bibliography, and some little-known sources. While the history of both bands is oft-covered territory, the author turns up some great nuggets, like the true origins of the Beatles' name; police information about one of the Stones' famous drug busts; and how Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote their first song together. In the end, McMillian has written an informative look at music's image machine — a powerful combination of media, marketing, and celebrity." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Boasting the intellectual rigor of a historian and the passion of a diehard fan—a groundbreaking narrative account of the biggest and most misconstrued rivalry in the annals of rock and roll.

In the 1960s an epic battle was waged between the two biggest bands in the world—the clean-cut, mop-topped Beatles and the badboy Rolling Stones. Both groups liked to maintain that they werent really “rivals”—that was just a media myth, they politely said—and yet they plainly competed for commercial success and aesthetic credibility. On both sides of the Atlantic, fans often aligned themselves with one group or the other. In Beatles vs. Stones, John McMillian gets to the truth behind the ultimate rock and roll debate.

Painting an eye-opening portrait of a generation dragged into an ideological battle between Flower Power and New Left militance, McMillian reveals how the Beatles-Stones rivalry was created by music managers intent on engineering a moneymaking empire. He describes how the Beatles were marketed as cute and amiable, when in fact they came from hardscrabble backgrounds in Liverpool. By contrast, the Stones were cast as an edgy, dangerous group, even though they mostly hailed from the chic London suburbs. For many years, writers and historians have associated the Beatles with the gauzy idealism of the “good” sixties, placing the Stones as representatives of the dangerous and nihilistic “bad” sixties. Beatles vs. Stones explodes that split, ultimately revealing unseen realities about Americas most turbulent decade through its most potent personalities and its most unforgettable music.

"Synopsis" by , andlt;Bandgt;Boasting the intellectual rigor of a historian and the passion of a diehard fan--a groundbreaking narrative account of the biggest and most misconstrued rivalry in the annals of rock and roll.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;pandgt;In the 1960s an epic battle was waged between the two biggest bands in the worldand#8212;the clean-cut, mop-topped Beatles and the badboy Rolling Stones. Both groups liked to maintain that they werenand#8217;t really and#8220;rivalsand#8221;and#8212;that was just a media myth, they politely saidand#8212;and yet they plainly competed for commercial success and aesthetic credibility. On both sides of the Atlantic, fans often aligned themselves with one group or the other. In andlt;Iandgt;Beatles vs. Stonesandlt;/Iandgt;, John McMillian gets to the truth behind the ultimate rock and roll debate.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Painting an eye-opening portrait of a generation dragged into an ideological battle between Flower Power and New Left militance, McMillian reveals how the Beatles-Stones rivalry was created by music managers intent on engineering a moneymaking empire. He describes how the Beatles were marketed as cute and amiable, when in fact they came from hardscrabble backgrounds in Liverpool. By contrast, the Stones were cast as an edgy, dangerous group, even though they mostly hailed from the chic London suburbs. For many years, writers and historians have associated the Beatles with the gauzy idealism of the and#8220;goodand#8221; sixties, placing the Stones as representatives of the dangerous and nihilistic and#8220;badand#8221; sixties. andlt;Iandgt;Beatles vs. Stonesandlt;/Iandgt; explodes that split, ultimately revealing unseen realities about Americaand#8217;s most turbulent decade through its most potent personalities and its most unforgettable music.
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