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  • A Love Story of One Band and the Whole World
  • Written by: Rob Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Rob Sheffield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
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Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone columnist and best-selling author of Love Is a Mix Tape, offers an entertaining, unconventional look at the most popular band in history, the Beatles, exploring what they mean today and why they still matter so intensely to a generation that has never known a world without them.

Dreaming the Beatles is not another biography of the Beatles or a song-by-song analysis of the best of John and Paul. It isn't another exposé about how they broke up. It isn't a history of their gigs or their gear. It is a collection of essays telling the story of what this ubiquitous band means to a generation who grew up with the Beatles' music on their parents' stereos and their faces on T-shirts. What do the Beatles mean today? Why are they more famous and beloved now than ever? And why do they still matter so much to us, nearly 50 years after they broke up?

As he did in his previous books, Love Is a Mix Tape, Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, and Turn Around Bright Eyes, Sheffield focuses on the emotional connections we make to music. This time he focuses on the biggest pop culture phenomenon of all time - The Beatles. In his singular voice, he explores what the Beatles mean today to fans who have learned to love them on their own terms and not just for the sake of nostalgia.

Dreaming the Beatles tells the story of how four lads from Liverpool became the world's biggest pop group then broke up - but then somehow just kept getting bigger. At this point their music doesn't belong to the past; it belongs to right now. This book is a celebration of that music, showing why the Beatles remain the world's favorite thing - and how they invented the future we're all living in today.

©2017 Rob Sheffield (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Another Great Rob Sheffield Book!

People have written a lot about the Beatles. I have read a lot about the Beatles. You wouldn't think Rob Sheffield could break new ground here, but he does. His way of talking about the Beatles' backgrounds, and his analysis of the parallels of their songs (Yes It Is with Baby's in Black, why one Paul song is the worst song ever written by a Beatle - I won't spoil which one) really appealed to me.

At the same time, Sheffield doesn't force his opinions on you as if he's right, and if you don't agree, you're wrong. He states them as his opinions and talks about how other opinions differ.

I have listened to a number of Rob Sheffield books at this point, and I really enjoy the sound of his voice and his reading style. Your results may vary. :)

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