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The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years After the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians & Other Fans Rememberby Penelope Rowlands
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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?
"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.
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.
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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