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In this tribute to the Beatles, 20 Beatle-fan philosophers look at the Beatles' output backwards and forwards and dissect even the most puzzling of the Beatles' lyrics. The articles analyze such topics as the Beatles and Nietzsche, the Beatles and the critique of consumer culture, the Beatles and social philosophy and, perhaps most importantly, the hidden clues in the lyrics and album covers. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The most popular musical group of all time, the Beatles also brought serious thought to the bubble gum-scented world of pop and rock music, with adventurous, profound, and sometimes mysterious lyrics that veered from the deliberate absurdity of “I Am the Walrus” to the rosy Rousseau-like fantasy of “When Im 64” to the darkly existential/nihilist visions of “Eleanor Rigby” and “A Day in the Life.” In this lively new book, 20 Beatles-loving philosophers offer fresh insight into the lives and words of the Fab Four. Among the topics investigated are the groups critique of consumer culture; John Lennon and the Cold War; Paul McCartneys philosophy of love, community, and politics; the Beatles struggle against the inauthentic; the ethics of chemically changed states of consciousness; the metaphysical standing of popularized Eastern meditation; and skepticism in the Beatles worldview. Like earlier titles in this popular series, The Beatles and Philosophy discusses complex issues in an enjoyable, highly readable fashion.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812696066
Author:
Baur, Michael
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Editor:
Baur, Steven A.
Editor:
Baur, Michael; Baur, Steven A.
Author:
Baur, Steven A.
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Rock
Subject:
Beatles
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Movements - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
PHI031000
Subject:
Music and philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15.5 oz

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The most popular musical group of all time, the Beatles also brought serious thought to the bubble gum-scented world of pop and rock music, with adventurous, profound, and sometimes mysterious lyrics that veered from the deliberate absurdity of “I Am the Walrus” to the rosy Rousseau-like fantasy of “When Im 64” to the darkly existential/nihilist visions of “Eleanor Rigby” and “A Day in the Life.” In this lively new book, 20 Beatles-loving philosophers offer fresh insight into the lives and words of the Fab Four. Among the topics investigated are the groups critique of consumer culture; John Lennon and the Cold War; Paul McCartneys philosophy of love, community, and politics; the Beatles struggle against the inauthentic; the ethics of chemically changed states of consciousness; the metaphysical standing of popularized Eastern meditation; and skepticism in the Beatles worldview. Like earlier titles in this popular series, The Beatles and Philosophy discusses complex issues in an enjoyable, highly readable fashion.
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