BEATLES ’66: The Revolutionary Year
the new book by STEVE TURNER, author of The Complete Beatles Songs.
BEATLES ’66 is a fantastic book, is about the year of 1966 when the Beatles wrote their album Revolver, when they performed their last concert together, and much more.
This is a Beatles book to read many times. An extraordinary book. During 1966 they went through changes and Steve Turner explore this part of the life of The Beatles. The author has been able to examine and document every detail. Prepare yourself for a journey with the life and music of The Beatles in 464 pages. You will get important information during that twelve-month period they wrote excellent music. The book is available now!
“Reading BEATLES ‘66, I’m right there-and where else would you want to be if you love music?”
“A pleasing romp through the Beatles’ annus mirabilis...Turner does a nice job of capturing them at their best.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“1966 was a crucial year in the Beatles’ amazing journey from being the Fab Four to becoming the princes of psychedelia...By concentrating on just this one year, Steve Turner has been able to examine every influence, document every detail, and fit the jigsaw together.
An extraordinary achievement.”
— Barry Miles, author of Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now and In the Sixties
“Nineteen sixty-six was without question the pivotal year in the life of the Beatles as performers and recording artists,” observes music journalist and bestselling author Steve Turner in BEATLES ’66: The Revolutionary Year (Ecco/an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; on sale October 25, 2016; $27.99). “Before that they were the four loveable guys from Liverpool who wore identical suits on stage, played to packed houses of screaming (largely female) teenagers, played themselves in movie capers and wrote jaunty songs chiefly about love. After 1966, they were serious studio-based musicians who no longer toured, wore individually selected clothes from Chelsea boutiques, wrote songs that probed their psyches and the nature of society, and were frequently considered a threat to the established order by governments around the world. During that twelve-month period they went through changes that would have crushed men with less resilience and vision.”
While countless book have been written about the legendary band, none before BEATLES ’66 has looked at this transitional year with the depth of information and perception that Turner—a revered Beatles expert and author of the beloved bestseller A Hard Day’s Write—brings to this illuminating study. 1966 was the year in which the Beatles played their final concert and recorded the first songs not intended to be played live. It was the year John consumed LSD recklessly and met Yoko; George married Pattie Boyd and met Ravi Shankar; Paul met Bertrand Russell and discovered the avant garde; and Ringo palled around with Charlie Chaplin. It was the year John outraged the establishment with his statement that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus” and the band travelled to India for the first time. Musically, it was the year they recorded Revolver, the album that many critics consider their greatest artistic achievement, and started recording Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
In writing BEATLES ’66, Turner enjoyed unprecedented access to Beatles’ closest circle of friends including Yoko Ono, Cynthia Lennon, Julia Lennon Baird, Linda McCartney, Pattie Boyd, Tony Barrow, Derek Taylor, George Martin, Dick Lester, and Tony Bramwell. Drawing on a trove of never-before-seen material., he offers a probing exploration of how this quartet of slightly undereducated musicians from a working class city in the north of England came to create such a mold-breaking record in 1966, how they went from chart-oriented pop to progressive rock in such a short time, and what creative and social forces combined to turn them from artistes into artists.
About the Author:
Steve Turner is a music journalist and the author of Amazing Grace: The Story of America’s Most Beloved Song, Trouble Man: The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye, and the authorized biography of Johnny Cash The Man Called Cash. His has written two books about the Beatles, The Gospel According to the Beatles and the bestselling A Hard Day’s Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles’ Song (recently republished with every Beatles’ lyric as The Complete Beatles.) He was also the ghostwriter of Linda McCartney’s successful photographic collection Sixties: Portrait of an Era. As a journalist he has met and interviewed many of the world’s most influential rock stars from John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison. He lives in London.