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Revolution: The Making of The Beatles' White Album (The Vinyl Frontier Series)
David Quantick
Chicago Review Press
192 pages
September 2002
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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This is fact rendered fiction-like in a humorous and appealing style. The subject is the Beatles' double-disc, anonymously-titled now-dubbed White Album released in 1968. The approach is novel-esque and conversational. The album, which was really a series of solo efforts all combined under the band moniker, is explored via these chapter designations:

  • 1968 - The introductory section is an assessment of what happened that year including the Vietnam War, assassinations, politics, and spaceships in space.
  • The People - The group dynamic is dissected and auxiliary players like Lennon's Ono and producer/engineers George Martin, Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott are inspected.
  • The Songs - Each track is evaluated and broken down. The origins are hunted down (Martha's true identity; Prudence's problem) and revealed.
  • The Design - The packaging itself is discussed, and why the album came out without a title and wasn't originally called... wait, to learn that, you need to read the book.
There are several other sections here dealing with the album's connection to madman Charles Manson, and an overview of the record and how it impacted both the band's own and the universal history of music.

Not to be taken seriously, Revolution takes a colorful look at the black and white history of the White Album.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2007

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