Tell Me Why

Tell Me Why

A Beatles Commentary

Book - 1988
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Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1988
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394550619
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 Rile
Characteristics: xxiv, 423 p. ; 22 cm


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Jun 01, 2015

In my opinion, this is one of the best books ever written about the music of the Beatles. It pays close attention to the subtleties in songs you may think you already know so well, like changes in tempo, instrumentation, key, or cool moments involving a bass lick or drum fill. The writing is creative and thoughtful, academic but never dull, and after reading it I found myself even more impressed by the recordings of the Beatles than I already was.

May 22, 2014

Opinionated review of each song with limited facts mixed in. Since it's heavily an interpretative work, readers that agree will enjoy this more than readers who disagree. I think it's wrong for the writer to assign a linear value to LOVE ME DO to SGT PEPPERS or HEY JUDE, for example, and his attempts to do so limit 90% of the book's printed-word content to this continuous weakness. My expectations were more aligned to a fact-based writing rather than only-interperative glossings.


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