It was released by the publisher Laterza the new book by Ernesto Assante and Gino Castaldo, the two music journalists of la Republica. The book is titled simply Beatles and is a new contribution that the two authors devote to the Liverpool quartet. An important contribution to be added to the long list of books and essays written about the Beatles, but also an additional critical eye that Assante and Castaldo dedicated to the parable of the inventors of pop, after many “lessons” at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome and some multimedia productions, which have, more or less coincided with the celebration, in 2012, of the fifty years after the formation of the British group. On that occasion, the two journalists had produced a very interesting reportage on the places of the Beatles – special compound of written and video, the latter organized as a real “hiking” topics on the various stages and phases of the career of the band – and had then worked at the “Beatles Revolution”, a collective volume which contributed Michele Serra (with the essay “When the world needed to feel again”), Filippo Ceccarelli (“The world around music), Vittorio Zucconi (“The Conquest of America young restless”) and Gabriele Romagnoli (“Change the rules, change the words”). In this new volume Assante and Castaldo enter deeper, analyzing, with a meticulousness that belongs equally to the music lover and the scholar, the musical elements in relation to social and cultural rights. And thus defining a more complex scenario, within which the Beatles productions take on a more complete value, understandable and placed in history. The words of the authors suggest to look at the development of those few years (the parable of the Beatles has developed on and off between 1962 and 1969) in the reflection of the broader cultural revolution that was marking an irreversibly difference with the past. And consider music production and, in general, expression of the Beatles as a sign and at the same time, a determinant of that epoch-making revolution. As you can read in a short excerpt of the text, Assante and Castaldo are able to grasp the basic steps of this brief but significant parable, to return to readers in their historical depth, even before the music and culture: “while the charts around the world are full of singles and albums by the Beatles, the group travels to do concerts everywhere and the end of August is back in America for a month. The journalist Al Aronowitz, a friend of Bob Dylan, in New York organized a meeting between the folksinger and the Beatles, which will be decisive for the history of pop music: it will serve to bring together two worlds that were considered far, that of the American folk revival and the English beat. And indeed, a few months later things change, at least for two of the protagonists, John Lennon and Bob Dylan. Dylan performed the rock opera, takes a Fender Stratocaster and gets rid of the rigors of orthodoxy folk in Newport, upsetting his godfather Pete Seeger. John Lennon began to write several songs, sounds and especially in the texts”.
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