The Beatles have profoundly touched the lives of millions. But have you ever wondered why? Why did they become the most powerful artists in history and one of the twentieth century's major symbols of cultural transformation? Meet the Beatles answers those questions and more as it examines the ways the lives of John, Paul, George, and Ringo were inextricably tied to the cultural revolutions their music helped inspire. From their long hair and interest in India to their drug use and admiration for strong women, the Beatles changed the way we look, the way we feel, and even the way we think. This is the book for those who have always been infatuated with the Beatles, as well as those who want to learn for the first time what it all really meant.
About the Author
Steven D. Stark is a writer and cultural commentator. He has been the popular culture analyst for National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday; a contributor to The World, a daily public radio show coproduced by WGBH and the BBC; and a commentator for CNN's Showbiz Today. The author of Glued to the Set and Writing to Win, he has written extensively for the Boston Globe, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Atlantic Monthly. He has been a Beatles fan since he was a boy and the Beatles first hit America on February 7, 1964.
Praise for Meet the Beatles: A Cultural History of the Band That Shook Youth, Gender, and the World…
“A volume worthy of its subjects . . . thoughtful, provocative, and valuable” -Washington Post Book World
“Insightful . . . Stark embeds the band in ideas and movements” -Newsday
“[A] remarkably fresh perspective . . . Stark’s style, though scholarly, is incisive and altogether entertaining.” -Knoxville News-Sentinel
“A thorough biography of the band . . . Stark is sharp and insightful” -Publishers Weekly
“At the forefront of a ‘new wave’ of Beatles studies” -Boston Globe Sunday Magazine
“A clear, new picture of the Beatles as pop-culture phenomenon. . . . thoughly entertaining and engaging” -Buffalo News