Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World
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About the Author
Rob Sheffield is a columnist for Rolling Stone, where he has been writing about music, TV, and pop culture since 1997. He is the author of the national bestsellers Love Is a Mix Tape: Love and Loss, One Song at a Time and Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man's Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut, as well as Turn Around Bright Eyes: A Karaoke Journey of Starting Over, Falling in Love, and Finding Your Voice and On Bowie.
"[B]efore I began writing this I paged through Ian MacDonald's canonical Revolution in the Head and Devin McKinney's renowned The Beatles in Dream and History...But neither has a chance of topping Rob Sheffield's Dreaming the Beatles."--Robert Christgau, Village Voice
"This is the best book about the Beatles ever written...passionate and eloquent...If aliens land tomorrow, and demand to know why we keep on pumping this particular brand of music into space, this is the first book you would hand them."--Mashable
"The essential joy of Dreaming the Beatles are these connections made between historical events, mythological band history, and the song itself--it's sparkling, insightful, occasionally humorous writing unclouded by irony or cynicism about a capital-G Great Band."--Spin
"Rob Sheffield's unconventional rock-band bio is must-read material."--Forth Worth Star Telegram
"As he's proven in, well, all of his books, Sheffield writes about fandom, about the condition of loving a thing, as well or better than anyone, which is no small thing for a critic as savvy as he is."--Austin American-Statesman
"Dreaming the Beatles is the individual exploration of a universal pop experience--listening to the Beatles, thinking about the Beatles, reinventing the Beatles in your mind, listening to them again...explaining your own life through the only four people who will always belong to everyone."
--Chuck Klosterman, author of the New York Times bestseller But What If We're Wrong
"For Sheffield, a chronicler of pop culture whose work blends thoughtful criticism and unabashed fandom, the heart of the Beatles story is about relationships."--Boston Globe
"Half a century after their apogee...is there anything left to say about the most chronicled rock band in history? It turns out there is. Rob Sheffield's new book Dreaming the Beatles looks at the Fab Four from a fresh point of view."--Los Angeles Review of Books
"[Sheffield] offers enough memory-sparking to take Boomers back a few decades and plenty of insider gossip to satisfy younger readers...enjoy Dreaming the Beatles, ...You know you love the music, and you may have read other books about the Beatles, but in your life, you'll love this more."--Journal Sentinel
"wistful, elegiac...Dreaming the Beatles...[is] a strong and heartfelt appreciation of The Beatles...Sheffield has added an extended chord to this seemingly never-ending story of The Beatles that's lush and resonant with infinite varied possibilities. "--PopMatters
"This is the definitive Beatles book, the only one that comes close to the rush of listening to Rubber Soul or Revolver for the first time...It's a 318-page-long 'yeah, yeah, yeeeeah.'"--Pitchfork
"One of the most original and insightful books ever written about the Fab Four. He's brilliant on everything from George Harrison's disastrous 1974 solo tour to the Bee Gees' Sgt. Pepper's movie."--Rolling Stone
"A brilliant, giddy book, teeming with life."--Cass R. Sunstein, New York Times bestselling author of The World According to Star Wars
"One of the best books about the band ever written...What interests Sheffield is the countless ways the band is alive."
--Sean T. Collins, MTV.com
"Sheffield approaches the group with his trademark humor, intimate candor, encyclopedic knowledge of pop music, and unabashed enthusiasm for a subject that also endlessly fascinated John, Paul, George and Ringo: girls."
--Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon
"Filled with sharp criticism that challenges conventional wisdom. Once you know the history by heart, this is the place to understand what the Beatles mean now."--Pitchfork
"Usually hilarious, always surprising."--Griel Marcus, author of Mystery Train