The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles

Kenneth Womack (Editor)


From Please Please Me to Abbey Road, this collection of essays tells the fascinating story of the Beatles - the creation of the band, their musical influences, and their cultural significance, with emphasis on their genesis and practices as musicians, songwriters, and recording artists. Through detailed biographical and album analyses, the book uncovers the background of each band member and provides expansive readings of the band's music. - Traces the group's creative output from their earliest recordings through their career - Pays particular attention to the social and historical factors which contributed to the creation of the band - Investigates the Beatles' unique enduring musical legacy and cultural power - Clearly organized into three sections, covering Background, Works, and History and Influence, the Companion is ideal for course usage, and is also a must-read for all Beatles fans

Product Details

Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
January 01, 2010
7.02 X 0.83 X 9.99 inches | 1.79 pounds
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About the Author

Kenneth Womack is Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, New Jersey, where he also serves as Professor of English. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Long and Winding Roads (2007), The Cambridge Companion to The Beatles (Cambridge, 2009), and The Beatles Encyclopedia (2014). More recently, he is the author of a two-volume biography of Beatles producer George Martin, titled Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Early Years, 1926-1966 (2017) and Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years, 1966-2016 (2018).