As the 50 year mark continues to draw on various events in the Beatles’ lives, there have been several books published in the past few years to draw attention to their significance in history as well as culture. There was Al Sussman’s “Changin’ Times: 101 Days That Shaped a Generation,” Thomas Brennan’s “1964: Year of Triumph and Tragedy” and Andrew Grant Jackson’s “1965: The Most Revolutionary Year In Music.”
Coming in October, Steve Turner, who’s authored several previous books on the Beatles, will make his case for 1966 in “Beatles ’66: The Revolutionary Year.” The book hits the streets Oct. 25 in the States and Nov. 3 in the UK. Turner’s story actually begins in December, 1965, with the Beatles heading out on a UK tour. He then goes month-by-month through 1966, tracking recording sessions, their concert tours and events in the music business in general.
The year had a number of huge events for the Beatles. They include, but are not limited to, George Harrison’s marriage to Pattie Boyd; Maureen Cleave’s “Jesus” interview with John Lennon and the resulting furor; John Lennon filming “How I Won the War”; the Beatles’ concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco which ended their touring days and made them a studio band; the release of “Revolver,” which Beatles historians have pronounced one of their most pivotal albums, and, at the end of the year, the recording of “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” and the foundation for “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
The book also draws on the author’s interviews with Yoko Ono, Sir George Martin, Ravi Shankar and the Beatles themselves, and includes rare photos. According to Turner’s premise for the book, it was definitely a very good year.
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