The Beatles arrived in the United States on February 7, 1964, and immediately became a constant, compelling presence in fans’ lives. For the next six years, the band presented a nonstop deluge of sounds, words, images, and ideas, transforming the childhood and adolescence of millions of baby boomers. Beatleness explains how the band became a source of emotional, intellectual, aesthetic, and spiritual nurturance in fans’ lives, creating a relationship that was historically unique. Looking at that relationship against the backdrop of the sexual revolution, the Vietnam War, political assassinations, and other events of those tumultuous years, the audiobook critically examines 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. A generational memoir and cultural history based on hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with first-generation fans, Beatleness allows listeners to experience or re-experience what it was like to be a young person during those eventful and transformative years. Its fresh approach offers many new insights into the entire Beatle phenomenon and explains why the group still means so much to so many.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
OK, this book fills an interesting niche - interviews with original teenage Beatles fans. But Leonard manages to make the whole thing sound like a very long term paper. Each point is interesting and well-documented. But there's a difference between documenting the Beatles experience versus conveying the thrill of being there. Chalk this up as good research and let's hope other writers can build on it.
Would you be willing to try another book from Candy Leonard? Why or why not?
Depends on the topic - I'd expect it to read like a term paper.
What aspect of Tamara Marston’s performance would you have changed?
Less chirpy - just relax and read - no need to pump your voice up.
Did Beatleness inspire you to do anything?
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Would you try another book from Candy Leonard and/or Tamara Marston?
Tamara Marston, but probably not Candy Leonard
What could Candy Leonard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Change the title and not include so many references to "Beatleness"
Any additional comments?
Some of this book was just silly, beginning with the title, but some of it was pure nostalgia for me since I was in the sixth grade when the Beatles first came to the U.S. The author discusses not only the Beatles, but what was going on in the world. Nice nostalgia, but getting around the silliness was hard at times.
If you could sum up Beatleness in three words, what would they be?
Who was your favorite character and why?
Ringo has always been my favorite. I root for the underdog! LOL I will admit to a crush on Paul and loving John's humor and the quiet wit of George. But Ringo just captured my heart with his awkwardness.
What does Tamara Marston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She has a great voice for audiobooks. I love that little rasp and would love to hear her on a Paranormal/Urban Fantasy read. She has a terrific pace that keeps you listening, even when the material gets slower.
Any additional comments?
I love the Beatles and it was fascinating reading about their rise to fame through the eyes of their fans. I wasn't around at the time, so it was great to hear all the little things people thought and felt in the moment. Being a child of the technology age, it was eye-opening to see how they took the world by storm in a time when there was no internet or viral content to launch artists to stardom. It was a history lesson while finding out new information about one of my favorite bands. Definitely a must for any Beatles fan!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for am honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.