The Gospel According to the Beatles

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The Gospel According to the Beatles

Format:  Hardcover,

254 pages

Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp

Publish Date: Aug 2006

ISBN-13: 9780664229832

ISBN-10: 0664229832

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Renowned British music journalist and author Steve Turner surveys the religious and spiritual influence of the Beatles, the band that changed the history of music forever. With new interviews, never-before-published material, and fresh insights, Turner helps the reader understand the religious and spiritual ideas and ideals that influenced the music and lives of the Beatles and helps us see how the Fab Four influenced our own lives and culture.

Topics discussed include the religious upbringing of John, Paul, George, and Ringo; the backlash in the United States after John Lennon's "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus" comment; the dabbling in Eastern religion; the use of drugs to attempt to enter a higher level of consciousness; and the overall legacy that the Beatles and their music have left. While there is no religious system that permanently anchored the Beatles or their music, they did leave a gospel, Turner concludes: one of love, peace, personal freedom, and the search for transcendence.

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Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp
Publish Date: Aug 2006
ISBN-13: 9780664229832
ISBN-10: 0664229832
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 254
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 664229832

Chapter outline

Prefacep. vii
Tell Me What You Seep. 1
You Can't Do Thatp. 15
In My Lifep. 37
Think for Yourselfp. 56
Eight Days a Weekp. 77
Nowhere Manp. 94
All You Need Is Lovep. 111
The Inner Lightp. 134
Let It Bep. 153
Carry That Weightp. 173
What Goes Onp. 194
Where Are They Now?p. 217
Sourcesp. 229
Indexp. 247

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2006-09-15)

Readers of Robert L. Short's The Gospel According to Peanuts will recognize that writer and poet Turner used it as inspiration for this book. As evidenced by his earlier A Hard Day's Write: The Stories Behind Every Beatles' Song, London resident Turner is well situated to cover both the Beatles and their music. While 1000-plus titles about the Beatles are available, this book takes the distinctive approach that the Beatles's journey included a search for a meaningful spirituality.

This spirituality, Turner would be quick to note, involves a gospel not in the sense of a church creed but in a hunger for transcendence. Some fans will deny that the Beatles had any kind of gospel to spread, but many of these doubters will come to respect Turner for his non vested argument that the Beatles had things to say about spirituality and that many of these things were taken seriously at the time by many young people.

Turner's fresh path through familiar terrain allows the songs to disclose the instinct for fellowship, ritual, mystery, and worship, which makes this well-documented book an insightful and valuable addition to all public libraries. Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach P.L. Dist., FL

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Renowned British music journalist and author Steve Turner surveys the religious and spiritual influence of the Beatles, the band that changed the history of music forever. With new interviews, never-before-published material, and fresh insights, Turner helps the reader understand the religious and spiritual ideas and ideals that influenced the music and lives of the Beatles and helps us see how the Fab Four influenced our own lives and culture.

Topics discussed include the religious upbringing of John, Paul, George, and Ringo; the backlash in the United States after John Lennon's "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus" comment; the dabbling in Eastern religion; the use of drugs to attempt to enter a higher level of consciousness; and the overall legacy that the Beatles and their music have left. While there is no religious system that permanently anchored the Beatles or their music, they did leave a gospel, Turner concludes: one of love, peace, personal freedom, and the search for transcendence.

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