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A must-have for every Fab Four fan, this classic visual tribute to their music is now available in a handsomely repackaged and affordable paperback edition. The music and lyrics of the Beatles have proven them to be artists of the page as well as the stage and have here provided inspiration to dozens of artists. Rendered in full color on every page are extravagantly colorfA must-have for every Fab Four fan, this classic visual tribute to their music is now available in a handsomely repackaged and affordable paperback edition. The music and lyrics of the Beatles have proven them to be artists of the page as well as the stage and have here provided inspiration to dozens of artists. Rendered in full color on every page are extravagantly colorful scenes and images, from the psychedelic visions evoked by “Strawberry Fields” to the youthful innocence that springs from “She Loves You.” Witty commentary and candid insights from John, Paul, George and Ringo make this a very special and personal tribute....

Title : The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics
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ISBN : 9781579120580
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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  • Mariel
    2019-05-02 20:10

    I'm Stu-ing over what I think about The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics by Alan Aldridge. There was a certain Ringo to the pictures Across the Universe of The Beatles lyrics. Some contributions (Alridge didn't write it ALANne) were a Taste of Honey, others casted a Paul on the Lonesome Tears in My Eyes. But nobody wants to know them and I never give them my money. Tomorrow never knows if I'll read this again. It BEAT(le)s reading anything else.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-19 20:00

    I grew up with this book. My dad got the original 1969 edition as a birthday present from his older sister. It was kept semi-hidden in the back of the buffet with some of my parents' other racier albums--Richard Pryor, George Carlin. Eventually, I found these things out for myself, and this wonderful book became part of my life, too. It is an amazing montage of art work from the likes of Peter Max and Ronald Searle. It also includes some surreal photography along with gag comic strip graphics and some sexually provocative pieces, too. I copied sketches of John Lennon that were in the book. I painted the "All You Need Is Love" piece on my bedroom walls when I was 14. I looked; I listened; I absorbed this visual feast. What a joy to see it again anew today.

  • GoldGato
    2019-05-16 14:12

    For me, the Beatles were the musical group of my older siblings. In fact, if it wasn't for McCartney, I would have been clueless about his old band ("Wait...Paul was in another band?"). My friends and I marvelled as we listened to a band that was almost as cool as the Police and Prince. Then as each year progressed, the Beatles became the Sinatra of rock and roll, the elder tribesmen, so to speak. Quite frankly, I don't know what they were smoking when they wrote these lyrics, but it worked. Alan Aldridge has edited some very Sixties-ish designs from various artists, with an emphasis on nipples. Psychedelic baby. The colours are deafening, rather like the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. Still, it all comes together somehow and works as a nice collage of a long-gone era."For the benefit of Mr. Kite, there will be a show tonight on trampoline...""...Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye"Que??Book Season = Year Round (just don't share with Danny Boyle)

  • Paul Bryant
    2019-05-15 21:12

    I wrote a review which was the usual incisive disquisition not on the actual book but on the topic the book was about, namely Beatles lyrics, and as I clicked on SAVE this hallowed website freaked out and fell over so my incisive disquisition was lost. But maybe I should stop using Goodreads as a substitute blog anyway.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-30 21:50

    This wasn't quite what I was expecting, but it was still interesting. Based on the title, I was picturing illustrated scenes from the songs. There are a few of those (Penny Lane being one of the more memorable ones), but some of the photographs looked more like an excuse for the photographer to get to work with a topless model (with only Lovely Rita Meter Maid really bearing any relationship to the song it purports to illustrate).

  • Randolph Carter
    2019-04-28 19:05

    This book is soooo 60s. Its still fun to look at. As the years go by I am less and less impressed by the Beatles after 1966 (Sgt. Peppers was sort of a "jump the shark" for me). I know they were revolutionary and trend setters and all that. There is just so much rock and roll energy in their early work that is missing from later stuff. All that said, I do like the White Album at least the parts that aren't filler, three sides worth maybe. I pretty much hated the late sixties altogether anyway. Oh, and I always liked Lennon songs way more than McCartney songs all the way up to the end in 1970. Lennon still knew what rock and roll was all about.Listening to "You're Gonna Lose That Girl."

  • Rory
    2019-04-28 15:55

    ***** Mind Blowing ***** I mean, My-Mind-Blowing, at least. Before coming across this accidentally on our library's third floor, I couldn't have recalled the title or even this book's existence (though I realize it's pretty well-known). But I've obviously read this book many times because every other image was immediately familiar. My mom must have had it sitting around; I even wonder if she didn't tear out some pages and hang them up. This is a must for fans of the Four OR anyone interested in 60s illustrative style. I kept elbowing Brock while I was skimming it, astonished to be seeing these trippy-ass graphics that so haunted (i.e. freaked) me (out) as a kid. WHOA.

  • Kbg503
    2019-04-26 16:09

    "Fixing a Hole" is one of my favorite songs and to see the accompanying illustration by Tomi Ungerer who illustrated one of my favorite childhood books, makes this book even more precious. That said, the book is also well used since I love to pick it up when I want Beatles' lyrics. I could try to search online just for that and find that ONE song, but then I'd miss out on having another song, quote, or illustration, catch my eye...there I will go!

  • Vera Peterson
    2019-05-07 19:06

    Got this as an early holiday gift. Just when I thought there was nothing else unique to be published on The Beatles, here is this wondrously illustrated book featuring artistic depictions of many of their beloved songs. Mind you, this isn't a new book. It came out in the early 1970s. But when two volumes were published as one collection, it made this a must have for the bookshelves of any Beatles fan. A highly imaginative and colorful interpretation of the greatest pop songs ever written.

  • Meagan
    2019-05-11 18:16

    Beautiful book. I own three copies, and my mom has about five copies that she cuts up and makes collages from. I have a couple that she made in my dorm room that I'm looking at right now, "Oh, Darling," "Help," - "Paperback Writer," being prominently featured. ;)It's such a fun book, guys. Any Beatles fan needs to have this - or at least look through it. Simply awesome.

  • Don
    2019-05-10 19:10

    Truly a fantastic collection of illustrations and photos by many famous contributors (my favorite has to be Peter Max, and the four alternate individual photos of the Beatles at the time of the White Album inner photo shoot).Long out of print, but worth finding an used copy of the original printing or a reprinted softcover version.

  • Judith Furedi
    2019-05-10 22:16

    I have the original edition which is out of print. This is a beautifully and lavishly illustrated book, it more than a book. Its a 'paegant.' You can take a look at the lyrics and the images inspired in various artist.

  • Hayley
    2019-05-02 20:54

    This book was a surprise Christmas gift from my mum and I absolutely love it. I'm a huge Beatles fan and so to have a gorgeous hardcover book of their lyrics, all so beautifully illustrated is wonderful. This is a book I'll treasure.

  • Patrick Boles
    2019-05-16 22:03

    I wish I still had this book. Nothing will make you smile faster then a flip through this book. Unless of course you hate the Beatles. Then I can't reccommend anything for you except a vaccination maybe.

  • Biopresto
    2019-05-17 20:56

    l'ISBN e' relativo alla edizione attuale de libro (1997).Su BOL viene indicata come 1�� ed.In realta', quella mia e' l'edizione del 1972, della quale ho provveduto ad uploadare la copertina (sempre che non venga sostituita con la nuova)..

  • Benny
    2019-05-04 17:09

    Boy, that was a fun book! And, I learned the vital lyrics to 'Across The Universe', from reading this book! And, the Peter Max-style artwork is especially entertaining!

  • Nigel Wilson
    2019-05-20 14:56

    This book is a demonstration of the pure brilliance that was the Beatles... More so Lennon for me... Pure class of a man and a beautiful human being.

  • Kathy Herman
    2019-05-09 17:51

    So many colorful and creative interpretations of the songs from the Beatles catalog. Some are done with photographs. Others are spectacular illustrations from artist Alan Aldridge. My favorite is the one for There's A Place.There are two volumes of these books. Best to get both of them, or the complete 2-volume set.

  • Selenie Beanie
    2019-05-14 16:14

    If you love the Beatles and their lyrics ......,great stuff!!

  • Daniel A.
    2019-05-06 22:07

    To some extent, books such as The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, edited by Alan Aldridge, are review- and rating-proof. They are very much reference books, and either one likes and appreciates them or one doesn't. The question becomes, then, is the whole greater than the sum of its parts—i.e., is the entire package better or worse than mere lists of lyrics bound together?In this case, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics is indeed greater, by rather a lot. The Beatles have achieved the status of legend in the music industry rightly, along with surprisingly few other artists—witness The Boston Globe's negative assessment of a recent volume of lyrics by, say, The Cars' Ric Ocasek—both in terms of their reputation and the quality of their lyrics. While probably not exactly poetry, the lyrics written collectively by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr remain and always will remain part of the cultural Zeitgeist of the Western world, ubiquitous and instantly recognizable.To that effect, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics' package is duly effective and entertaining. The reader cannot help but hum or sing along with favorite Beatles tunes, at least to him- or herself, and often discovers that the lyrics they thought were one thing are actually different—perhaps not so surprising, at least in my case, for an American who can't always parse the Fab Four's Liverpudlian accents. Add to that the inclusion of lyrics, such as "A World Without Love" or "Come And Get It", made famous by, or even written for, other musicians, in this case Peter and Gordon and Badfinger, respectively; telling quotations from the individual Beatles and their associates and ancillaries; and interesting, though decidedly avant-garde and of-the-1960s, artwork; and one experiences a very cool package, colorful and evocative. And note that I deliberately use the word "experiences"; merely "reading" The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics doesn't seem to do the book justice.I thoroughly enjoyed this collection, which, while not perfect, clearly does exactly, if not more than, what it sets out to do, and is worth a recommendation.

  • The Art Book Review
    2019-05-15 16:06

    Two Days in Mt. WashingtonThis is the first deadline I’ve ever missed. I received a kind e-mail from Sarah politely reminding me that the 25th had come and gone. In truth I knew it. I had been in a crunched fetal position in front of The Beatles: Illustrated Lyrics for the past month. Numerous attempts had been made at cracking its language, to fish out its secrets. Joints had been smoked. The book had been turned sideways and lifted up and twirled in my hands. A plan had been hatched: listen to each song that is illustrated in the book while looking at each artists’ rendering of that song’s moods and feelings then follow whatever flowed next.Instead, long meandering soliloquies on the Beatles and their importance wended their way into the review.A blank screen has always been the source of great stomach churning, as it is for most critics, I suppose, but this was different. I simply could not connect my lexicon with its images. Static fissures twisted and changed whenever I looked at them. I am not an artist I am writer, more specifically when speaking in the language of criticism, a music writer. I had a brief dalliance with wanting to be a painter in the third grade when my mother purchased art paints and an easel. I quickly lost interest. I made homemade books, kept journals and collaged their covers. I was an expert mix-tape maker. Each insert was different and made to reflect the person who was receiving it. Sitting on my high school bedroom floor with a small eyebrow scissor and glue stick, arranging tiny images late into the night was the closest I’d ever come to feeling lost in the physical act of art-making.I quickly sent off a reply to Sarah “Ugh, I’m so sorry I’m usually never late on deadlines. I had $ deadlines and then I went out of town. It will be done by weekends end I PROMISE. xoxoxo.” Read the full review by Nikki Darling on the Art Book Review:

  • Ellen Dyer
    2019-04-19 19:10

    i've had this book around my house ever since i was a little girl; it's part of the fond things i remember from my childhood. i never really liked some of the more...nude, if you will, pictures. I also strongly dislike the lack of george harrison compositions (where's "I need you"? "For you blue"? For god's sake, WHERE IS "SOMETHING"? I think alan aldridge was a bit biased between the beatles. for gods sake, he included songs john lennon wrote after the break up and failed to include some of ringo and GEORGE's Masterpieces (im a little biased too. but seriously? include "instant karma!" and "cold turkey" but leave out "Octopus's garden" and "here comes the sun"? i dont think so). whatever, it's a well put-together book all in all, and i loved having all the lyrics at hand. even if i never needed to look them up(:

  • HeavyReader
    2019-05-11 20:00

    When I was in college, my roommate found a copy of this book cheap at a used book sale. I wanted it for my sister who was a HUGE fan of The Beatles at the time, but Shannan refused to part with it.The one thing I remember about the book is the art piece for "Lady Madonna.""Why is there a cake in that refrigerator?" I asked.Shannan had to explain to me that it was not a cake in the refrigerator, but a bun in the oven. I felt pretty dumb. I still think (quietly, to myself) that a pregnant lady has a cake in her refrigerator.

  • Max Chervov
    2019-04-24 18:17

    Amazing book! Pure treasure for every Beatles' fan and for anyone who wants to know more about that era. Surrealistic and psychodelic pictures enlarge and enhance smart lyrics, so that every song is taken as if it was a real drug. Also some of the songs become more clear and in some of them I discovered another meaning.

  • Mark
    2019-05-15 16:59

    Kinda cool, but not essential. It is what it says it is: every Beatle lyric with illustrations by different artists. Some are good, some aren't. Don't waste too much money. Just look at it in a bookstore and make up your own mind as to if you need it or not.

  • tom
    2019-04-24 20:00

    i read this as a kid. very cool and psychedelic

  • Brianna
    2019-05-04 20:14

    Though the illustrations have really nothing to do with the Beatles, I believe this was an important book because it was the first time the official lyrics were readily available.

  • Annie
    2019-04-24 21:10

    Really great book, lets you look into the lives of the Beatles. I loved going over all of their lyrics.

  • Jenn Adams
    2019-04-24 16:58

    Very well done and intricate. lots to look at

  • Jaramy
    2019-05-16 15:07