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Beatles Vs. Stones

By John Campbell author McMillian

In the 1960s an epic battle was waged between the two biggest bands in the world—the clean-cut, mop-topped Beatles and the badboy 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 describes 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 explodes that split, ultimately revealing unseen realities about America’s most turbulent decade through its most potent personalities and its most unforgettable music.




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Format: Book
Author: McMillian, John Campbell author
Title: Beatles vs. Stones / John McMillian.
Publisher Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Subject: Beatles Rolling Stones Rock music -- Great Britain -- History and criticism Rock music -- Economic aspects
Isbn: 9781439159699 1439159696 9781439159699
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Format: Book
Author: McMillian, John Campbell author.
Title: Beatles vs. Stones / John McMillian.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Description: 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Beatles
Subjects: Rolling Stones
Subjects: Rock music -- Great Britain -- History and criticism
Subjects: Rock music -- Economic aspects
Other Title: Beatles versus Stones
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-288) and index.
LCCN: bl2013046159
ISBN: 9781439159699
ISBN: 1439159696
ISBN: 9781439159699
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Call Number: 782.42166 McM