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Legendary in music and popular culture, the Beatles were one of the most successful bands of all time. The collective achievements of the Fab Four affect a broad demographic that includes today’s children, Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers. This one-volume condensed paperback edition of The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four brings the group’s dramatic story alive, highlighting the humanity of the quartet of artists that has made them an enduring artistic and social phenomenon.
The entries in this condensed encyclopedia provide in-depth biographical information about the Beatles and their circle, as well as fascinating historical background and key details about their most important works, giving readers broad coverage that addresses the major aspects of the band’s phenomenal achievement. The easy-to-use A-Z resource also includes a biographical chronology and a discography as well, as a bibliography that directs readers to excellent sources of additional information in print and online.
“This encyclopedia is crucial for any music library.”—V.J. Novara, Choice
“With The Beatles Encyclopedia, ‘Everything Fab Four’ has been placed at our fingertips. . . . It will enlarge considerably our conception of what the Beatles accomplished, just as it will strike us as practical, fun, and, most important of all, indispensable. Certain it is that fans and scholars of the Beatles will find themselves describing the feat that Kenneth Womack has achieved in compiling The Beatles Encyclopedia in adjectives such as these.”—Steve Hamelman, Popular Music and Society
“Intended for a wide audience, The Beatles Encyclopedia is accessible for new and younger listeners yet serves as a convenient reference tool for serious fans.”—Kit O’Toole, Something Else! Reviews
“The entries are well-written and should be clearly understood by a general reading audience. The sheer amount of information contained between the covers is impressive and certainly helpful to anyone interested in, or researching, Beatles-related information.”
“Numerous Beatles books tell the group’s story or focus on specific periods in their history. Now, all of the major topics are included in one convenient place. The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four, the latest work by Beatles scholar Kenneth Womack, is an educational and entertaining addition to any Beatle fan’s library.”—Radio Teres