"I love this book! The beautifully written Beatleness will not only bring to life all the excitement for those that weren't living yet during the Beatle years, it will cause major goosebumps, all over again, to those who were there. It's an incredibly hip and astute account of all the Beatles' major happenings that affected so many people around the world who were riveted to their every move. I can't wait to read it again!" -- Will Lee, Grammy Award-winning bass player and studio musician, Late Show with David Letterman and Fab Faux
Beatleness is the story of how the Beatles’ constant presence in the 1960s transformed the childhood and adolescence of millions of American kids and how, through these kids, the Beatles “changed everything.”
Based on hundreds of hours of in-depth fan interviews, Beatleness presents a richly textured account of what it was like to grow up immersed in Beatles—from Ed Sullivan to the Apple rooftop—eagerly awaiting each record and watching their evolution.
Told from the point of view of fans of different ages and genders, the book offers a thoroughly fresh approach to the Beatles’ impact on the fans and the culture, and explains the unique feeling of connection first-generation fans still feel toward the band.
While focusing on the fan experience, Beatleness is also a Beatlecentric cultural history of the 1960s, and paints a detailed picture of young Americans witnessing the events of that transformational decade with the Fab Four by their side.
Beatleness holds a magnifying glass up to the six-year timeline of the fan experience in America and truly allows the reader to experience—or re-experience—what it was like to be a young person during the Beatle years.
Candy Leonard is a Cambridge-based first-generation Beatle fan, intimately familiar with their entire body of work, biography, the commentary on them, and Beatle fan culture. She is also a sociologist with a background in qualitative research, child development, popular culture, and media studies who has written and lectured on the Beatles.