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We can work it out: popular and academic writing on The Beatles

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posted on 30.06.2015, 09:34 by Marcus CollinsMarcus Collins
This article surveys the evolution of popular and academic research on The Beatles from the 1960s to the present. The section on popular writing identifies and critiques four strands of popular writing on The Beatles: hagiographical and sensationalist biographies, rock criticism and chronicling. The section on academic writing argues that traditionalist academics initially opposed the very idea of scholarship on The Beatles and that contemporary British historians still question the band’s significance as part of their wider revisionist critique of the 1960s as a major turning-point in modern British history. The article concludes by suggesting how academics might profitably pursue a less biographical approach and a more rigorous form of source analysis than that generally found in popular works.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Popular Music History

Volume

9

Issue

1

Pages

79 - 101

Citation

COLLINS, M., 2014. We can work it out: popular and academic writing on The Beatles. Popular Music History, 9 (1), pp.79-101.

Publisher

Equinox Publishing Ltd

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Equinox Publishing Ltd

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015-09-02

Copyright date

2015

Notes

This paper is closed access.

ISSN

1740-7133

eISSN

1743-1646

Language

en