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Magic circles : the Beatles in dream and history

Author: Devin McKinney
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Magic Circles Devin McKinney uncovers the secret history of a generation and a pivotal moment in twentieth-century culture. He reveals how the Beatles enacted the dream life of their time and shows how they embodied a kaleidoscope of desire and anguish for all who listened - hippies or reactionaries, teenage fans or harried parents, Bob Dylan or Charles Manson. The reader who dares to re-enter the vortex that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Devin McKinney
ISBN: 067401202X 9780674012028 067401636X 9780674016361
OCLC Number: 51944484
Description: xi, 420 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Rude noises from the bog : the Beatles in Liverpool and Hamburg --
Ascension/sacrifice : A hard day's night and Help! --
Meat : the Beatles in 1966 --
The unintelligible truth : the Beatles and the counterculture --
O.P.D. / Deus est vivus : the Beatles and the death cults --
Fantasy into flesh : a life and an afterlife.
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"In Magic Circles Devin McKinney uncovers the secret history of a generation and a pivotal moment in twentieth-century culture. He reveals how the Beatles enacted the dream life of their time and shows how they embodied a kaleidoscope of desire and anguish for all who listened - hippies or reactionaries, teenage fans or harried parents, Bob Dylan or Charles Manson. The reader who dares to re-enter the vortex that was the Sixties will appreciate, perhaps for the first time, much of what lay beneath the social trauma of the day." "Delving into concerts and interviews, films and music, outtakes and bootlegs, Devin McKinney brings to bear the insights of history, aesthetics, sociology, psychology, and mythology to account for the depth and resonance of the Beatles' impact. His book is also a multifaceted appreciation of the group's artistic achievement, exploring their music as both timeless expression and visceral response to their historical moment."--Jacket.

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You'll find it hard to resist the urge to leap up and play whatever song [McKinney's] dissecting; though you may think you're sick of 'Happiness Is a Warm Gun,' Mr. McKinney will convince you Read more...

 
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