am 8. Mai 2013
MacDonald's book serves a good purpose, collecting valuable information about every single Beatles recording in a rather concise, accessible form. It's a useful alternative to Mark Lewinsons expert, but rare and expensive "Beatles Recording Sessions" tome, and much better than the many books by others which deal only with the songs' words and concepts, not the sounds.
I only wish the many interesting chapters were less occupied with discussing MacDonald's social-historical main thesis, which is, in quick words, that Beatles music, and popular culture in general, had a strong liberating quality until around 1965, after which "Pop" tended to be abandoned for drug-fuelled and misguided "Rock". There's something to this thought, sure, but it's depressing to see it referenced as the prime aspect of so many beautiful Beatles records.