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Pop culture historian Robert Rodriguez has written or contributed to nine books. 2012 saw the publication of two: Fab Four FAQ 2.0: The Beatles' Solo Years 1970-1980 and The Beatles: Fifty Fabulous Years. The first is the acclaimed sequel to his previous volume, Fab Four FAQ, a much lauded fan and critic favorite. The second is a colorful gift book, on sale exclusively at Barnes & Noble, and features a bonus documentary DVD.


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How the Beatles Re-Imagined Rock 'n' Roll by

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Paperback, Published in Apr 2012 by Backbeat Books

ISBN10: 1617130095 | ISBN13: 9781617130090

Page count: 266

Received wisdom has always put Sgt. Pepper at the head of the class, but it was Revolver that truly signaled the Beatles' sea change from a functional band to a studio-based ensemble. These changes began before Rubber Soul but came to fruition on Revolver, which took an astonishing 300 hours to produce, far more than any rock record before it. The making of Revolver - hunkered down in Abbey Road with George Martin - is in itself a great Beatles story, but would be nothing if the results weren't so impactful. More than even Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds, Revolver fed directly into the rock 'n' roll zeitgeist, and its influence could be heard everywhere, from the psychedelic San Francisco sound (Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead) to the first wave of post-blues hard rock (Sabbath, Zeppelin) through movie soundtracks and pretty much everything that followed it, including every generation of guitar-based pop music and even heavy metal. More than any record before or after, Revolver was the game-changer, and this is, finally, the detailed telling of its storied recording and enormous impact.

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