Can't Buy Me Love: Book summary and reviews of Can't Buy Me Love by Jonathan Gould

Can't Buy Me Love

The Beatles, Britain, and America

by Jonathan Gould

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Can't Buy Me Love by Jonathan Gould
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2007
    672 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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Nearly twenty years in the making, Cant Buy Me Love is a masterful work of group biography, cultural history, and musical criticism. That the Beatles were an unprecedented phenomenon is a given. In Can't Buy Me Love, Jonathan Gould seeks to explain why, placing the Fab Four in the broad and tumultuous panorama of their time and place, rooting their story in the social context that girded both their rise and their demise.

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"Starred Review. Gould elucidates the mystery of the band that changed the course of Western popular music." - PW.

"Starred Review. Gould's combination group biography, cultural history, and musical criticism artfully places the Beatles in their time and social context while examining with great skill how they became an international phenomenon comparable only to themselves." - Booklist.

"What separates writer and musician Gould's first book from the multitudinous others is his threefold focus; Gould deftly mixes biography with social commentary and musical and lyrical analysis, illustrating how the band crafted its groundbreaking songs and how its achievements impacted, and were impacted by, the tumultuous 1960s." - Library Journal.

"Well-worn information and questionable musical analysis add up to a very disposable take on the Fab Four. " - Kirkus Reviews.

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