As Rolling Stone writer and novelist Rob Sheffield reminds us, the influence of The Beatles in today’s modern music world cannot be understated.
Fascinated by the cultural legacy of the Fab Four, Sheffield explores theme from multiple angles, resulting in 35 pointed and informative essays that sift through the detritus of distorted facts, myths and legends of the last five decades to provide readers with a comprehensive history of the band and why they still matter.
Sheffield, (who also authored “Love is A Mixtape” and “Talking To Girls About Duran Duran” takes us along for the band’s worldwide ascent to cultural eternity without being over gracious or heavy handed.
Sheffield also digs into how their music was created musically and philosophically, recognizing that The Beatles never shied away from trying ‘difficult things’ as artists. For Sheffield, The Beatles defied the confines of pop music composition while also taking risks with their adventurous album production.
All of this makes for a fascinating study of how the band absorbed their influences and then siphoned them into their music. “Dreaming The Beatles” is loaded with interesting bits and pieces about the making of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “The White Album” the tenuous “Let It Be” and the messy skirmishes with Capitol Records over the of the American release of “Revolver.”
The book also represents a time capsule for Sheffield who vividly recounts his experiences with the music of The Beatles and how it lives inside of him today.
Charming, informative and affectionate “Dreaming The Beatles” examines how the Liverpool Lads conquered the world and why they remain so endearing to generations of fans around the world whose adoration, curiosity and devotion has never wavered.