It’s been nearly half a century since the Fab Four from Liverpool played their last gig, but you’re not the only one who can’t get those tunes out of your head. The Beatles still loom large over the musical landscape. Jim Beviglia brings us an in-depth look at their musical legacy in Counting Down The Beatles: Their 100 Finest Songs.
For some, the opening chords of a Beatles song may evoke memories of a first kiss, family road trips or spiritual enlightenment. Every fan of the Beatles, from attendees at their first U.S. tour to the newest generation’s devotees, will find this collection an informative, insightful, and entertaining adventure. Not only will it reveal little-known facts, but it just may start some arguments and settle a few debates.
Ranked in descending order from #100 to #1, each song is accompanied by a lengthy essay providing information on the song’s writing and recording, context on where it falls within the band’s timeline, and the author’s analysis and explanation why it deserves its position in this hallowed canon. These essays tell The Beatles’ story in song as well as any biography could ever hope to accomplish.
Jim Beviglia is a writer for the print and online edition of American Songwriter magazine. He’s been reviewing and writing about music for the past decade for several websites and is proprietor of the popular Countdown Kid blog. His first three books, Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs, Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs, and Counting Down The Rolling Stones: Their 100 Finest Songs were all published by Rowman & Littlefield.
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