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The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years After the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians & Other Fans Remember

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A celebration of the myth, the reality, the phenomenon, the era. Where did the Beatles take us, what did they deliver us from, and what do they mean to us now?

From Billy Joel: "The single biggest moment that I can remember of being galvanized into wanting to be a musician for life was seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. They played their own instruments and they wrote their own songs and they looked like these working-class kids, like kids we all knew."

From Amanda Vaill: "We were caught up in something bigger than ourselves, a kind of movement, and this music was our anthem."

From Fran Lebowitz: "Parents didn't like the Beatles, but basically parents didn't like us. People forget that. Our parents were mad at us all the time."

From "Cousin Brucie" Morrow: "We weren't smiling too much. We had assassinations. The nation was really divided. The Beatles sort of helped to bring everybody together."

From Noelle Oxenhandler: "To this day, I could still probably give the correct answer if someone were to ask: 'What is John's shirt size?' 'How does he like to take his eggs and tea?' 'How old was he when he went to live with his Aunt Mimi?'?"

From Pico Iyer: "The day the Beatles landed in New York City was the day the United Kingdom could finally see that it wasn't just yesterday's power, on the decline, but part of what would form tomorrow's trans-Atlantic axis."

From Cyndi Lauper: "When I was eleven and the Beatles were coming to New York, my mother drove my sister, her friend Diane, and me to where the Hilton Hotel is, by the airport, so we could see the Beatles drive by. All of a sudden we saw cars coming and it was them. So I started screaming and I shut my eyes, and by the time I realized I should open my eyes, I'd missed it."

From David Dye: "My daughter is now a junior in high school. You can't play a Beatles song that she doesn't know. I think to have that kind of cultural staying power is truly amazing."

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"As a teenager, journalist Rowlands greeted the Beatles 50 years ago by holding a sign begging 'Beatles Please Stay Here' with five fellow screaming Beatles fans outside the CBS studios where the group was performing on the Ed Sullivan Show. In this compulsively readable personal history, Rowlands gathers the recollections of fans, writers, musicians, and artists about the deep ways that the Beatles and their music affected them. For Joe Queenan, 'She Loves You' is 'the greatest song ever written... it is and always will be the song that changed the world.' 'Cousin Brucie' Morrow reflects on the power of the Beatles' music to bring change to the American music industry. Writer Verlyn Klinkenborg recalls upon listening to 'Ticket to Ride' and 'Help' that the songs 'contain... a feeling I can't name or describe, the language of regret, the urgency of despair. But above all they contain the love of music.' Finally, fan Linda Belfi Bartel (one of the women in the book's cover photo) concludes that, 'The era of the Beatles is so special...their music talked to you.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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The arrival of the Beatles was one of those unforgettable cultural touchstones. Through the voices of those who witnessed it or were swept up in it indirectly, The Beatles Are Here! explores the emotional impact--some might call it hysteria--of the Fab Four's February 1964 dramatic landing on our shores. Contributors, including Lisa See, Gay Talese, Renée Fleming, Roy Blount, Jr., and many others, describe in essays and interviews how they were inspired by the Beatles.

This intimate and entertaining collection arose from writer Penelope Rowlands's own Beatlemaniac phase: she was one of the screaming girls captured in an iconic photograph that has since been published around the world--and is displayed on the cover of this book. The stories of these girls, who found each other again almost 50 years later, are part of this volume as well. The Beatles Are Here! gets to the heart of why, half a century later, the Beatles still matter to us so deeply.

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Singer Cyndi Lauper remembers shrieking by a highway near New York's Kennedy International Airport as the Beatles' limousine rolled by; popular disc jockey "Cousin Brucie" Morrow reveals how he helped recover a favorite medal snatched from Ringo's neck by a frenzied fan; humorist Roy Blount Jr. dissects the lyrics to "When I'm Sixty-Four"; and photographer Henry Grossman takes us into the audience of The Ed Sullivan Show--where the Beatles first performed in the United States--and then on tour with the band.

The Beatles Are Here! explores the emotional impact--some might call it hysteria--of the Fab Four's February 1964 arrival on our shores through the voices of those who witnessed it, were swept up in it indirectly, or, born too late, came to love the band after they broke up. Writers, musicians, fans--including Fran Lebowitz, Billy Joel, Renée Fleming, Lisa See, Pico Iyer, and others--describe in essays and interviews how they were inspired and changed by the Beatles.

Conceived as "a scrapbook of madness," in John Lennon's famous words, this collection arose from writer Penelope Rowlands's own Beatlemaniac phase, when she was one of five screaming girls captured in an iconic photograph that has been published around the world--and is displayed on the cover of this book. (The stories of the girls, who found each other again 50 years later, are also part of this volume.)

The Beatles Are Here! is a celebration of the myth, the reality, the phenomenon, the era. Where did the Beatles take us, what did they deliver us from, and finally, what do they mean to us now?

About the Author

Penelope Rowlands is a journalist and critic and the author of many books. She has contributed to Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Art and Auction, Metropolis, and the New York Times Magazine, and her most recent anthology is Paris Was Ours.

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cblaker, November 17, 2014 (view all comments by cblaker)
When I was sixteen somebody told me about a show in which Iggy Pop crawled over broken glass, smeared his chest with peanut butter all while singing “I Wanna Be Your Dog.” With that in mind, it’s hard for me to picture the Beatles with their slightly shaggy hair singing “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” as anything approaching dangerous. This book attempts to take its readers back to ‘64, a relatively innocent time when the Beatles were really far out.
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I’ve always been a Stones fan and I thought most of these essays would be fluff. There was only one essay that I didn’t like. That essay was by a fashion designer and it’s more about her being glamorous than the Beatles. “I had a wonderful loft in Manhattan that my wealthy, successful father paid for. I had just invented the mini-skirt and was hanging out with many fabulous celebrities including Ringo Starr, did I mention how glamorous I am?” Excepting that one, all the essays are pretty good. Billy Joel’s essay is actually great. He wrote a witty little essay about why the Beatles were such a big deal back then.
The cover features a New York Times photo of some screaming girls waiting outside the Beatles hotel. The author of the book is in the foreground with four other girls. The seed of this book was the author’s piece in Vogue about being a 13 year-old Beatlemaniace. After the article’s publication, three of the four girls got in touch with her, all of whom have essays in this book. An essay by one of the women (I forget her name, but she’s on the far left) is one of the highlights of the book, her essay is quite touching.
In the square early 60s the fun, slightly rebellious Beatles gave a grieving nation (Kennedy was killed 2 months prior to the Beatle’s arrival) a needed distraction (although Joe Queenan overstates their importance by saying “they healed an entire planet”). I have a better understanding of what an exciting time it was to be young back then.
On a purely superficial level, the designers of this book did a good job. It’s a handsome product with pseudo-dust jacket flaps, deckled edges, and a good-looking cover.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781616203504
Author:
Rowlands, Penelope
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Subject:
Rock
Subject:
MUSIC / History & Criticism
Subject:
Music-Rock History
Edition Description:
Paperback - With flaps
Publication Date:
20140231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As a teenager, journalist Rowlands greeted the Beatles 50 years ago by holding a sign begging 'Beatles Please Stay Here' with five fellow screaming Beatles fans outside the CBS studios where the group was performing on the Ed Sullivan Show. In this compulsively readable personal history, Rowlands gathers the recollections of fans, writers, musicians, and artists about the deep ways that the Beatles and their music affected them. For Joe Queenan, 'She Loves You' is 'the greatest song ever written... it is and always will be the song that changed the world.' 'Cousin Brucie' Morrow reflects on the power of the Beatles' music to bring change to the American music industry. Writer Verlyn Klinkenborg recalls upon listening to 'Ticket to Ride' and 'Help' that the songs 'contain... a feeling I can't name or describe, the language of regret, the urgency of despair. But above all they contain the love of music.' Finally, fan Linda Belfi Bartel (one of the women in the book's cover photo) concludes that, 'The era of the Beatles is so special...their music talked to you.'" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

The arrival of the Beatles was one of those unforgettable cultural touchstones. Through the voices of those who witnessed it or were swept up in it indirectly, The Beatles Are Here! explores the emotional impact--some might call it hysteria--of the Fab Four's February 1964 dramatic landing on our shores. Contributors, including Lisa See, Gay Talese, Renée Fleming, Roy Blount, Jr., and many others, describe in essays and interviews how they were inspired by the Beatles.

This intimate and entertaining collection arose from writer Penelope Rowlands's own Beatlemaniac phase: she was one of the screaming girls captured in an iconic photograph that has since been published around the world--and is displayed on the cover of this book. The stories of these girls, who found each other again almost 50 years later, are part of this volume as well. The Beatles Are Here! gets to the heart of why, half a century later, the Beatles still matter to us so deeply.

"Synopsis" by , Singer Cyndi Lauper remembers shrieking by a highway near New York's Kennedy International Airport as the Beatles' limousine rolled by; popular disc jockey "Cousin Brucie" Morrow reveals how he helped recover a favorite medal snatched from Ringo's neck by a frenzied fan; humorist Roy Blount Jr. dissects the lyrics to "When I'm Sixty-Four"; and photographer Henry Grossman takes us into the audience of The Ed Sullivan Show--where the Beatles first performed in the United States--and then on tour with the band.

The Beatles Are Here! explores the emotional impact--some might call it hysteria--of the Fab Four's February 1964 arrival on our shores through the voices of those who witnessed it, were swept up in it indirectly, or, born too late, came to love the band after they broke up. Writers, musicians, fans--including Fran Lebowitz, Billy Joel, Renée Fleming, Lisa See, Pico Iyer, and others--describe in essays and interviews how they were inspired and changed by the Beatles.

Conceived as "a scrapbook of madness," in John Lennon's famous words, this collection arose from writer Penelope Rowlands's own Beatlemaniac phase, when she was one of five screaming girls captured in an iconic photograph that has been published around the world--and is displayed on the cover of this book. (The stories of the girls, who found each other again 50 years later, are also part of this volume.)

The Beatles Are Here! is a celebration of the myth, the reality, the phenomenon, the era. Where did the Beatles take us, what did they deliver us from, and finally, what do they mean to us now?

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