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Living Life Without Loving the Beatles

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Frequently falling foul of some form of Fab Four fanatical faction?

Constantly ridiculed for your radical yet rational views?

At last, help is at hand…

This book is a satirical and sometimes surreal self-help guide, which as well as challenging the orthodox perception of the Beatles’ status, presents an oppressed minority with a complete defence strategy for dealing with any Fab Four fans reluctant to give peace a chance.

By breaking Beatles’ fans down into seven key groups, the author offers an invaluable insight into the mindset of each individual strain. Why would anyone claim to enjoy the Beatles’ music? What’s in it for them? (The reasons the Nostalgic Impolitic, for example, will choose to become a fan will vary greatly from those of the Latecomer or the American. They all long to fit in, but where and with whom?) Once you learn to identify which fan type is harassing you, simply follow the advice suggested in this book for dealing with that particular strain, and before you can say Pet Sounds, the fan will be retreating in defeat.

The groundbreaking research expounded in these pages is also recommended reading for any form of Fab Four fan (apart from the Beatle Head), who may be interested in learning how to distinguish between articulate, cutting edge rock ‘n’ roll and bombastic bubblegum claptrap.

Published: Sep 1, 2006

Book Contributors

Section Chapter Authors
Prologues Gary Hall
Introduction Gary Hall
The Grade One Gary Hall
The Grade Two Gary Hall
The Culture Vulture Gary Hall
The Nostalgic Impolitic Gary Hall
The Latecomer Gary Hall
The Music Industry -- A Fab Four Fantasy Land Gary Hall
The Musician Gary Hall
Avoiding The Beatles' Music in the Public Place Gary Hall
The American Gary Hall
Let it Be ...Naked (Not a Pretty Sight) Gary Hall
Bongo Bailey -- The Early Years Gary Hall
The Beatle Head Gary Hall
Compassion, Context and Communication Gary Hall
The 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer' Rites of Passage Gary Hall
End Matter
Epilogue Gary Hall
Afterword to the Revised Edition Gary Hall

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‘Gary Hall has written one of the most entertaining music books you’ll read all year… merciless and hugely funny.’
The Guardian

‘Irreverent, scurrilous and beautifully written.’

‘Fab Four fans be warned, someone’s onto you and he’s done his homework.’
Record Collector

‘It had to be written by a scouser, to avoid World War three… and has to be read by all Beatles fans.’
Manchester Evening News

‘This is no mere Beatle bashing book, but a tearfully funny, so-sharp-it-hurts, visceral volume. A startlingly good read.’