Saturday, January 31, 2009

CAN'T BUY ME LOVE by Jonathan Gould

There are hundreds of books about the Beatles, and many are either reptitious or contain glaring factual errors. Many are also mere recitations of chronological events. Jonathan Gould's Can't Buy Me Love is very different, and is highly recommended.

Gould describes the entire history of the Beatles, but this accomplished music critic and writer does so by always putting the events of the Beatles lives, individually and as a group, into the cultural context of what was happening socially and musically in Europe and America. He also examines Beatles history by relying heavily on their music, and the band is largely interpreted by their musical output and content, from which so much else can be extrapolated.

The book has received outstanding reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

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