The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years after the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians & Other Fans Remember

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The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years after the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians & Other Fans Remember

by Penelope Rowlands

Algonquin Books | February 4, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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The arrival of the Beatles was one of those unforgettable cultural touchstones. Through the voices of those who witnessed it or were swept up in it indirectly, The Beatles Are Here! explores the emotional impact-some might call it hysteria-of the Fab Four''s February 1964 dramatic landing on our shores. Contributors, including Lisa See, Gay Talese, Renée Fleming, Roy Blount, Jr., and many others, describe in essays and interviews how they were inspired by the Beatles.

This intimate and entertaining collection arose from writer Penelope Rowlands''s own Beatlemaniac phase: she was one of the screaming girls captured in an iconic photograph that has since been published around the world-and is displayed on the cover of this book. The stories of these girls, who found each other again almost 50 years later, are part of this volume as well. The Beatles Are Here! gets to the heart of why, half a century later, the Beatles still matter to us so deeply.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.25 × 2.24 × 0.3 in

Published: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1616203501

ISBN - 13: 9781616203504

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The Beatles Are Here!: 50 Years after the Band Arrived in America, Writers, Musicians & Other Fans Remember

by Penelope Rowlands

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.25 × 2.24 × 0.3 in

Published: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1616203501

ISBN - 13: 9781616203504

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The arrival of the Beatles was one of those unforgettable cultural touchstones. Through the voices of those who witnessed it or were swept up in it indirectly, The Beatles Are Here! explores the emotional impact-some might call it hysteria-of the Fab Four''s February 1964 dramatic landing on our shores. Contributors, including Lisa See, Gay Talese, Renée Fleming, Roy Blount, Jr., and many others, describe in essays and interviews how they were inspired by the Beatles.

This intimate and entertaining collection arose from writer Penelope Rowlands''s own Beatlemaniac phase: she was one of the screaming girls captured in an iconic photograph that has since been published around the world-and is displayed on the cover of this book. The stories of these girls, who found each other again almost 50 years later, are part of this volume as well. The Beatles Are Here! gets to the heart of why, half a century later, the Beatles still matter to us so deeply.

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How quickly they changed . . . everything. Suddenly, they were here. There. Everywhere. The band infiltrated the airwaves by way of AM radio, at first via just a few songs, including, notably, "She Loves You," with its famous "Yeah, yeah, yeah" chorus and insistent, captivating beat. Two minutes and nineteen seconds that seemed to render almost everything, musically, that came before it obsolete. -from the Introduction

The arrival of the Beatles was one of those unforgettable cultural touchstones. Through the voices of those who witnessed it or were swept up in it indirectly, The Beatles Are Here! explores the emotional impact-some might call it hysteria-of the Fab Four''s February 1964 dramatic landing on our shores. Contributors, including Lisa See, Gay Talese, Renée Fleming, Roy Blount, Jr., and many others, describe in essays and interviews how they were inspired by the Beatles.

This intimate and entertaining collection arose from writer Penelope Rowlands''s own Beatlemaniac phase: she was one of the screaming girls captured in an iconic photograph that has since been published around the world-and is displayed on the cover of this book. The stories of these girls, who found each other again almost 50 years later, are part of this volume as well. The Beatles Are Here! gets to the heart of why, half a century later, the Beatles still matter to us so deeply.

PENELOPE ROWLANDS has written about culture and the arts for Architectural Digest, the Daily Beast, Vogue, WSJ. Magazine, and other publications. Her books include the anthology Paris Was Ours and A Dash of Daring: Carmel Snow and Her Life in Fashion, Art, and Letters, a biography of the legendary editor-in-chief of Harper''s Bazaar. Find her at www.peneloperowlands.com.

About the Author

PENELOPE ROWLANDS has written about culture and the arts for Architectural Digest, the Daily Beast, Vogue, WSJ. Magazine, and other publications. Her books include the anthology Paris Was Ours and A Dash of Daring: Carmel Snow and Her Life in Fashion, Art, and Letters, a biography of the legendary editor-in-chief of Harper''s Bazaar. Find her at www.peneloperowlands.com.

Editorial Reviews

"A goody bag of tributes and recollections." -Vanity Fair

"One of the more fascinating new books on the Fab Four''s impact." -The Boston Globe

"A great crop of recollections of the first wave of Beatlemania. There are reminiscences by fans from big cities and tiny towns, some sweet, some hilarious." -Tampa Bay Times

"This winsome book is overwhelmingly infused with affection both for the Beatles and for the opportunity to revisit childhood and adolescent memories . . . Readers seeking a nostalgia-tinged picture of the Beatles are in for a treat." -Library Journal

"In this compulsively readable personal history, Rowlands gathers the recollections of fans, writers, musicians, and artists about the deep ways that the Beatles and their music affected them." -Publishers Weekly

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