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Title: We can work it out: popular and academic writing on The Beatles
Authors: Collins, Marcus
Keywords: The Beatles
Popular music
Rock criticism
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © Equinox Publishing Ltd
Citation: COLLINS, M., 2015. We can work it out: popular and academic writing on The Beatles. Popular Music History [in press]
Abstract: 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.
Description: This paper is closed access.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18097
Publisher Link: http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/PMH
ISSN: 1740-7133
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