Rock That Defined the Decades
New Books on the Beatles, Pink Floyd
Both books are essentially track-by-track
descriptions of the bands’ recordings in chronological order and are replete
with information for new or casual fans. The massive sets of stereo and mono
remasters issued last year are only a brief add-on for Doggett-Humphries (the
release must have occurred as they were going to press), but the authors
engagingly describe most of what came before, including the alternate
renditions of the Anthology series.
What sets Doggett’ Humphries apart is their understanding of the context of the Beatles (“the 20th century’s most abiding and enduring fairytale”) and their legacy. “In the artificially-hyped multinational media world of the twenty-first century,” the Beatles sales have been dwarfed, the authors remind us, usually by dwarfs in terms of talent. “Working under immense pressure, to schedules that would baffle the sedentary superstars of the modern era, they produced thirteen great albums and more than 20 singles in little over seven years.” The Beatles will probably be one of the only 20th century pop acts remembered a hundred years on.