The Beatles started a revolution back in the USSR

Saturday, May 18, 2013

If ever a band has been well served by the literary world it's The Beatles. Practically every aspect of that revolutionary body of work has been dealt with in book form... or so one would have thought. From Hunter Davies' The Beatles, through Philip Norman's Shout, Bob Spitz's humongously detailed history and Ian McDonald's brilliant Revolution in the Head, which offered a musical and contextual analysis of every song they ever recorded, surely there's nothing left of interest to diehard fans of the Fabs. Well, think again.

Subtitled The Untold Story of a Musical Revolution, Leslie Woodhead's How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin offers a fascinating story of how the band's music affected life in the USSR. Woodhead has impeccable credentials for this task.

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