Creative Paper: You are required to write a creative, well-developed paper of at least 5 pages in length (this does not include any optional title or reference pages), focusing on the analysis of the words and music of 3 Beatle songs, ideally from different periods in the group’s stylistic development. You will likewise consider the interaction of words and music, concentrating on how a song’s message is conveyed by different musical techniques.
Here are some suggested resources for your paper, and also for further reading:
• Beatles, The Beatles Anthology (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2000).
• Hunter Davies, The Beatles, 2d ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1985).
• William J. Dowlding, Beatlesongs, (New York: Fireside, 1989).
• Walter Everett, The Beatles as Musicians, 2 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999, 2001).
• Walter Everett, The Foundations of Rock: From Blue Suede Shoes to Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
• Tetsuya Fujita et al, The Beatles: Complete Scores (London: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation and Wise Publications, 1993).
• Mark Hertsgaard, A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles (New York: Delta, 1995).
• Mark Lewisohn, The Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Abbey Road Studio Session Notes, 1962- 1970 (New York: Harmony Books, 1988).
• Μark Lewisohn, Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years, vol. 1 (New York: Crown Archetype, 2013). • Ian MacDonald, Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties, 3rd ed. (Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2007).
• George Martin with William Pearson, With a Little Help from My Friends: The Making of Sgt. Pepper (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1994).
• Wilfrid Mellers, Twilight of the Gods: The Music of the Beatles (New York: The Viking Press, 1973).
• Barry Miles, Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1997).
• Allan F. Moore, The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).
• Dominic Pedler, The Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles (London: Ominibus Press, 2003).
• Tim Riley, Tell Me Why: The Beatles: Album By Album, Song By Song, The Sixties And After (Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 2002).
• John Robertson, The Art and Music of John Lennon (New York: Carol Publishing Group, 1991).
• Robert Rodriguez, Revolver: How the Beatles Reimagined Rock’n’Roll (Milwaukee: Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard, 2012).
• J. P. Russell, The Beatles on Record (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1982).
• Bob Spitz, The Beatles: The Biography (New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2005).
• Jann S. Wenner, Lennon Remembers (The Rolling Stone Interviews from 1970), new ed. (London and New York: Verso, 2000).
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The Beatles are widely considered by most musical historians to be the most influential rock band in popular music history. From their innovations in the studio to their experimentation with composition and rock music structure, the Beatles evolution as musicians and artists is both comprehensive and fascinating. An examination of any number of songs from various periods in their career as a band (and in a short time, there were several such periods) reveals a number of subtle features that make their growth and uniqueness stand out among their contemporaries.
Three songs from different periods serve as an example of their trajectory: a song from their early period, "All My Loving", is representative of the melodic, pop-music tracks typical of their early popularity as a live band; a few years later, "Girl" reveals some experimentation with instruments and time signatures, while the late-period "Helter Skelter" seems to be a dramatic departure from the typical structure and style of their earlier work.
ALL MY LOVING
The Beatles recorded “All My Loving” in July of 1963, right at the peak of Beatlemania in the UK. “All My Loving” was featured on their second album, With the Beatles, which was released in November 1963 as a follow-up to their debut album, Please Please Me (beatlesbible.com).
Like the other songs on the album With the Beatles, “All My Loving” was never released as a single, but that did not affect its popularity; it was the very first song that the Beatles played in their historic first performance on the Ed Sullivan show in February of 1964....
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