Publisher's Note:  

The Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, has been called "a night that changed the course of American culture." More than seventy million television viewers - the largest-ever audience for an entertainment show - watched the Beatles' performance that February 9, 1964. It was only the beginning.

Had the Beatles been simply the most successful musical group of all time, their place in history would be secure. But they were much, much more. The Beatles changed popular culture forever. They changed the way people listened to music and experienced its role in their lives. And they were even more. For as their work matured, they became nothing less than the embodiment of the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. Readers will also discover how the Beatles became prisoners of their own success and how, by retreating into the recording studio, they attained even greater heights by creating songs and albums of such meaning and of such influence that the entire nature and importance of popular music was profoundly altered.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children's Books

How the Beatles Changed the World

by Martin W. Sandler

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Overall Review:  

How the Beatles Changed the World is a detailed account of the rise and fall of the Beatles. Author Martin Sandler does an excellent job of giving the details of the Beatles, without bogging down the book. This book was interesting to read and filled with photographs on every page. After reading it, I felt well informed on everything from the creation of the Beatles to where the band members are currently.


How the Beatles Changed the World is a visual treat with countless photographs that were well-captioned, as well as a colorful layout. The other interesting thing about this book is that it is not just a chronology of events from beginning to end, but rather each chapter is a collection of facts on the impact the Beatles had on the world in various ways.  In this way the facts were somewhat repeated, but it was intriguing to see how certain events impacted the world in different ways.


While I found it an interesting, non-fiction, coffee table-type of a book, younger readers could connect to this book as well. From music videos, to album covers, to music soundtracks--the Beatles have touched it all and therefore this book would be an interesting cross-generational read that will undoubtedly spark some interesting conversations.

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Profanity/Language:  None


Violence/Gore:  All incidences this category were actual events and told in a factual way.  Several accounts of violence as a result of crowd unruliness, rioting or hysteria; several accounts of fans causing property damage; account of death threats received; account of John Lennon's murder (also referred to several times throughout the book); account of attack on George Harrison by armed intruder.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Death, Klu Klux Klan referred to, divorce.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Descriptions of Beatles playing in bars and the heavy-drinking patrons.

Reviewed By Sally
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