Foreword by Rob Sheffield
Filled with stunning full-color infographics, a unique, album-by-album visual history of the evolution of the Beatles that examines how their style, their sound, their instruments, their songs, their tours, and the world they inhabited transformed over the course of a decade.
Combining data, colorful artwork, interactive charts, graphs, and timelines, Visualizing the Beatles is a fresh and imaginative look at the world’s most popular band. Meticulously examining the songs on every Beatles’ album from Please Please Me to Let It Be, UK-based graphic artists John Pring and Rob Thomas deconstruct:
- lyrical content
- songwriting credits
- inspiration for the songs
- instruments used
- cover designs
- chart position
- and more . . . .
They also break down the success of Beatles’ singles across the world, their tour dates, venues, and cities, their hairstyles, fashion choices and favorite guitars, and a wealth of other Beatles’ minutiae. Visualizing the Beatles also includes illustrations involving the conspiracy theories of the "Paul is dead" hoax as well as A-to-Z lists of every artist or performer who has ever covered a Beatles’ song.
Comprehensive, entertaining, and packed with fun facts, Visualizing the Beatles is a wonderful introduction for new fans and a must-have for devotees, offering a new way to think about this extraordinary band whose influence continues to shape music.
A few errors, but pretty good
This is an interesting, graphic art take on Beatles' history. It's a coffee table book, arranged in chronological order, covering phases of the Beatles' career as a group (and solos afterwards) by albums. It gives no sources, is a bit over-simplistic, and has a few errors which any real Beatles fan will catch (Paul and George took the bus through Penny Lane on their way to school, not Paul and John. And McCartney had a solo album called Tug of War which apparently did not exist in the minds of these authors.)However, the charts and graphs are clever and interesting. I enjoyed it in spite of its problems.
Great feedback from a huge Beatles fan
I bought this book for a friend of mine who is huge Beatles fan. Before giving it to him, I took a peak around and found a lot of the history pretty interesting. The art and the way the book presents the information is very cool. It's a very original style. Here's the direct quote from my friend: "That Beatles book is awesome! My brother was just over and I showed it to him, he's a huge Beatles fan. He told me today that he just bought it".
Absolutely love this book, the Beatles are probably one of my favorite bands of all time. I feel of the books pictures and memorabilia captured in the pages is truly reflective of the Beatles full timeline and career. It’s easily readable and I often share it with my young child who appreciates the Beatles music. I think the book is called a keep on the coffee table to show I guests, and we also quiz each other to see who knows the most. I would definitely recommend this as a gift or just for yourself if you are a fan.
Fun & Easy Read
I would describe this as a "beach read" if you (like me) are already a huge Beatles fan its just fun fluff. I didn't learn anything but it was a stylishly designed concept. I quite enjoyed the kindle version.
I bought this book for my nephew and it is gorgeous! The colors and patterns are amazing and it also provides so much interesting information. Great for a Beatles or music lover, or even someone who loves well done books.
Like the book, don't like the gunk
Great book, made an awesome father's day gift for a Beatles fan. I took a star away because the book arrived with some black gunk on the edges of the cover and a sticker that didn't easily peel off, but I was able to remove all of the residue with a barely-wet paper towel before I gifted it.
Sargent Pepper's Only Charts Club Book.
May not be what you think. Graphic details of album histories. Literally. Graphs and charts illustrate fun facts and milestones. That's about it.
Bought it for my husband who’s a big time Beatle fan and a graphic artist. He loved it.
If you love the Beatles, this book is for you. Do buy it.
Utterly incredible book and hats off to the authors John Pring and Rob Thomas for producing an epic publication full of fun facts, information and stunning graphics on the Beatles. From start to finish, you are transported on a visual, graphic guide on the Beatles, right up from their childhood days in Liverpool, their earlier gigs in Hamburg and their first few records, their experimenting years from 1965 to 1967, and up to their sad demise in 1970. Every album recorded has superb graphical detail and cleverly outlines what roles John, Paul, George and Ringo had to play on each record. That is all on top of the brilliant album cover graphics (my personal favourite graphics in the book are Sgt Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour) and much more on the greatest musical and cultural pioneers of the 20th century. For fans of the Beatles, this is a must read.
I ordered this 2nd hand from Wordery and it took over a week to arrive, but it was worth the wait. The book is like new, so i'm very pleased on the price point. The book itself is a splendid read and any fan of the Beatles will see how much passion the authors have put into this visual masterpiece.
Would buy again
Another interesting book
Absolutely loved this book
Absolutely loved this book, it is beautifully laid out and presented and has some amazing facts and infographics. As a Beatles fan I learned laughed and I love it!
A very unique Beetles book
What a great unique book! I gave this as a birthday gift to a huge Beetles fan and he loved it! He literally has so much of the Beetles I was shocked he didn’t have this. We were both amazed at the graphics and how much was packed into this book. Truly brilliantly designed and well thought out concept. Absolutely recommend it for any Beetles fans you may know.