How the Beatles Changed the World

By: Martin W. Sandler

The Beatles revolutionized the music industry. These “mop-topped young men from Liverpool” also influenced just about every aspect of social change in the 1960s. Full-color and black-and-white photographs.

ISBN: 9780802735669

JLG Release: Mar 2014


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Topics: The Beatles , Music , Fashion , Religion , Pop culture , Movies , The 1960s , John Lennon (1940-1980) , Paul McCartney (1942- ) , George Harrison (1943-2001) , Ringo Starr (1940- )

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

It’s been 50 years since the Beatles’ groundbreaking performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, and that is where Sandler begins this book about the band’s influence on everything from music to movies, and even religion. It is an event that illustrates the scope and intensity of Beatlemania, which would transform popular music, a It’s been 50 years since the Beatles’ groundbreaking performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, and that is where Sandler begins this book about the band’s influence on everything from music to movies, and even religion. It is an event that illustrates the scope and intensity of Beatlemania, which would transform popular music, and according to Sandler, other forms of entertainment. How they changed various aspects of culture provides the framework for each chapter, but Sandler still takes a linear approach to the Beatles’ history, covering their early days in Liverpool as teenagers to their post-breakup activities. Readers will find that the band introduced or revolutionized several music industry norms such as music videos, merchandising, stadium concert tours, and album cover design. Over the years, the Beatles’ sound evolved, but they were the first band to think about their album as a whole piece of art rather than a compilation of individual songs. Sandler offers insights into their musical legacy as well as their work as political activists. The penultimate chapter of the book describes the social turmoil of the 1960s and how the Beatles’ music inspired Russian teens behind the Iron Curtain. The book’s design mostly allows for continuous reading, with special spreads occurring at natural breaks in the text. Various anecdotes and quotes from the band and others who were close to them enrich the text. Overall, this book is a welcome reminder that popular entertainment can be a powerful force for positive change in the world.—Joy Piedmont, LREI, New York City

Junior Library Guild

  • Martin W. Sandler’s angle—exploring the Beatles’ depth and breadth of influence—offers contemporary relevance and shows readers how the band became, according to their publicist, the “twentieth century’s greatest romance.”
  • Documents many Fab Four phases and defining moments, including eig
    • Martin W. Sandler’s angle—exploring the Beatles’ depth and breadth of influence—offers contemporary relevance and shows readers how the band became, according to their publicist, the “twentieth century’s greatest romance.”
    • Documents many Fab Four phases and defining moments, including eight-hour concerts in Hamburg nightclubs during their early days and their 1964 American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, as well as their breakup and subsequent solo careers.
    • Emphasizes lasting cultural changes the Beatles inspired. Regarding men’s fashion, for example, John Lennon once declared that Americans had been “a square and sorry lot” before the group’s colorful “peacock” style of dress took over.
    • Numerous photographs depict the good-natured stars, masses of their devoted—and sometimes hysterical—fans, the band’s contemporaries, and Beatlemania memorabilia.

Book Details

ISBN

9780802735669

First Release

March 2014

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Page Count

160

Accelerated Reader

Level 8.1; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 11.6; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 1160L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Reinforced trade edition

Publisher

Walker

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

The Beatles, Music, Fashion, Religion, Pop culture, Movies, The 1960s, John Lennon (1940-1980), Paul McCartney (1942- ), George Harrison (1943-2001), Ringo Starr (1940- ),

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