Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Beatles vs Stones

 
From Goodreads:
A lively examination of the most legendary (and least understood) rivalry in the annals of rock ’n’ roll: “Beatles vs. Stones is one of the best rock biographies I have seen this year…If you thought you knew everything there was to know about these two groups, think again” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer).

In the 1960s an epic battle was waged between the two biggest bands in the world—the lovable Beatles and the bad-boy Rolling Stones. Both groups liked to maintain that they weren’t really “rivals”—that was just a media myth, they politely said—and yet they plainly competed for commercial success and aesthetic credibility. On both sides of the Atlantic, fans often aligned themselves with one group or the other. In Beatles vs. Stones, John McMillian gets to the truth behind the ultimate rock and roll debate.

Painting an eye-opening portrait of a generation dragged into an ideological battle between Flower Power and New Left militance, McMillian reveals how the Beatles-Stones rivalry was created by music managers intent on engineering a moneymaking empire. He explores how the Beatles were marketed as cute and amiable, when in fact they came from hardscrabble backgrounds in Liverpool. By contrast, the Stones were cast as an edgy, dangerous group, even though they mostly hailed from the chic London suburbs. For many years, writers and historians have associated the Beatles with the gauzy idealism of the “good” sixties, placing the Stones as representatives of the dangerous and nihilistic “bad” sixties. Beatles vs. Stones is “balanced, informed, yet still passionate…Even the most gnarled and intransigent veterans of the debate will emerge enlightened by this book….McMillian negotiates these thickets with insight, care, and a willingness to unsettle clichés”
 
From Me:
It was so interesting!  If you like that sort of thing---and I do.
I do think it was well written and not too gossipy.  The author wrote mostly about their professional lives, leaving their personal lives alone---for the most part. 
 
In our house, there has always been that great divide.... the Beatles or the Stones?!  Everyone knows the Beatles are the best, right?  I mean they're more popular than Jesus.  (John Lennon got in trouble for saying that!)
Just a fun, informative read if the music interests you.
4 stars.

2 comments:

Literary Feline said...

My uncle and mother have long been big Beatles fans. I imagine they would agree with you--so do I. :-) The Beatles are the best. My husband, however, would disagree. I don't know that this would be a book I would enjoy, but I can see it being a good one for my uncle.

~~louise~~ said...

Growing up in a very strict home didn't allow my sister or I too express any positive notes about either group. I bet this book would be a good reflection on tidbits I may have missed from both ends of the spectrum.

Thanks for sharing, Debbie...

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