HARMONY BOOKS TO RELEASE JONATHAN GOULD’S
CAN’T BUY ME LOVE
October 2, 2007
20 Years In The Making, This Comprehensive Volume Uncovers New Beatle Truths
New York, NY—(August 23, 2007) So you think you know about the Beatles? You think with all the published works, interviews, tributes, critical analysis and mountains of minutia that the ultimate book placing these four individuals in their proper sociological, cultural and—most importantly—musical context has already been written?
Author Jonathan Gould’s Can’t Buy Me Love, to be published by Harmony Books on October 2, 2007 dissects the journey from Liverpool to break-up and beyond with a keen historian’s eye for the tenor of the times. While most Beatle tomes come complete with claims of insider awareness, Gould is an outsider’s outsider. Never has Beatlemania taken so extensive a turn. The massive amount of research that Gould undertook and the sheer audacity of his suppositions—many of which are bound to be quite controversial—make for a compelling read. Gould has let the music itself do the talking like never before. “I’ve grown bored with them as public figures,” says the author. “I’m not sure that I ever found them all that interesting as individuals.” According to Gould, it’s only when these four men were in the rush of creativity, the Eureka! moment of invention, did the sum far surpass its parts.
It’s all about the music.
Gould has sidestepped the cult of personality completely. And, in so doing, he has discovered, through arduous research over the course of 20 years, inherent truths that curiously decipher each step along the way in emphatic, entertaining and provocative style. In stripping the music bare, invading its innards, and writing about it like never before, he has discovered gems of knowledge that will be debated for years to come. Gould has gone right up against long-held cherished notions of a generation. Perception may be reality, as they say, but Gould has peeled the Beatle onion so painstakingly, to uncover layers of a story intrinsically vital to the music itself.
Late chapters show cracks in the Beatle foundation. Gould pulls no punches in his assessments of John’s addiction, Paul’s desperation, George’s awakening and Ringo’s complacency. “If there’s one principle that has guided this book,” Gould says, “it’s been to see them as they saw themselves…as musicians.” And for music so universally beloved, how delicious is it to ponder, for instance, “And Your Bird Can Sing” being prompted by Lennon bitching about a Sinatra profile in Esquire…or “She Said She Said” as a veiled reference to Peter Fonda, stumbling around at a Hollywood party on LSD, annoyingly bothering Lennon with vapid comments like “I know what it’s like to be dead”...or Harrison’s disgust at John and Paul after sharing Thanksgiving ’68 in Woodstock, NY and seeing how harmonious music-making can truly be with Bob Dylan and The Band… or Hitler being replaced by Tarzan on the cover of Sgt. Pepper?
The reader relives the era like never before through Gould’s incredible sociological prism. The book goes beyond Beatle. Politics, religion (including the possibility that Lennon's “we're more popular than Jesus” comment helped to engender the birth of the religious right), sex, war, civil rights and personal freedoms all intersect as the seeds of social struggle permeate youth-culture music. That inchoate longing to break long-established norms did indeed seem to coincide with this one rock’n’roll band, who, still, through it all, saw themselves as nothing more - or less - than working musicians. Jonathan Gould has captured it all and more like no author ever before him.
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