Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World

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Skyhorse, Jul 5, 2016 - Social Science - 337 pages
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"A must-have for Beatles fans looking for new insight . . . Leonard uncovers fresh ideas [that] . . . six decades of Beatles literature passed over. —The Spectrum

Part generational memoir and part cultural history of the sixties, Beatleness is the first book to tell the story of the Beatles and their impact on America from the fans’ perspective. When the Beatles arrived in the United States on February 7, 1964, they immediately became a constant, compelling presence in fans’ lives. For the next six years, the band presented a nonstop deluge of steadily evolving sounds, ideas, and images that transformed the childhood and adolescence of millions of baby boomers and nurtured a relationship unique in history. Exploring that relationship against the backdrop of the sexual revolution, political assassinations, the Vietnam War, and other events, Beatleness examines critically the often-heard assertion that the Beatles ?changed everything” and shows how—through the interplay between the group, the fans, and the culture?that change came about.

Beatleness incorporates hundreds of hours of in-depth fan interviews and includes many fan vignettes. Offering a fresh perspective and new insights on the Beatles phenomenon, it allows readers to experience—or re-experience—what it was like to be a young person during those transformative years.

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A must read for all 1st generation Beatles fans. There are several stories as told by the fans themselves. This book is also great for younger people who like the Beatles today. They can understand ... Read full review

BEATLENESS: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World

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Sociological study of first-generation Beatles fans and how the Fab Four shaped ordinary Americans' lives over a six-year period. Sociologist and baby boomer Leonard manages to find a new angle of ... Read full review


Preface to the Paperback Edition
Two Something
Three British Boys
Four The Embodiment of Cool
Five Id Love to Turn You
Six We All Want to Change the World
Seven The Last
Eight Beatleness Abounds
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About the author (2016)

Candy Leonard is a sociologist, first-generation Beatles fan, and Beatles scholar. She has spent years studying the effects of popular culture on human development, gender relations, and family life and is a qualitative research consultant to the health-care and entertainment industries, with a focus on baby boomer issues. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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