Beatles ’66: The Revolutionary Year Audiobook, by Steve Turner Play Audiobook Sample

Beatles ’66: The Revolutionary Year Audiobook

Beatles ’66: The Revolutionary Year Audiobook, by Steve Turner Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781538538791

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73:33 minutes

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18:41 minutes

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48:58 minutes

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Publisher Description

A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture.

They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era.

The year that changed everything for the Beatles was 1966—the year of their last concert and of Revolver, their first album created to be listened to rather than performed. This was the year the Beatles risked their popularity by retiring from live performances, recording songs that explored alternative states of consciousness, experimenting with avant-garde ideas, and speaking their minds on issues of politics, war, and religion. It was the year their records were burned in America after John’s explosive claim that the group was “more popular than Jesus,” the year they were hounded out of the Philippines for “snubbing” its First Lady, the year John met Yoko Ono, and the year Paul conceived the idea for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Music journalist and Beatles expert Steve Turner investigates in detail the enormous changes that took place in the Beatles’ lives and work during 1966. He looks at the historical events that had an impact on the group, the music they made that in turn profoundly affected the culture around them, and the vision that allowed four young men from Liverpool to transform popular music and serve as pioneers for artists from Coldplay to David Bowie, Jay-Z to U2.

By talking to those close to the group and by drawing on his past interviews with key figures such as George Martin, Timothy Leary, and Ravi Shankar—and the Beatles themselves—Turner gives us the compelling, definitive account of the twelve months that contained everything the Beatles had been and anticipated everything they would still become.

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“1966 was a crucial year in the Beatles’ amazing journey from being the Fab Four to becoming the princes of psychedelia…By concentrating on just this one year, Steve Turner has been able to examine every influence, document every detail, and fit the jigsaw together. An extraordinary achievement.”

— Barry Miles, New York Times bestselling biographer 


  • “Reading Beatles ’66, I’m right there—and where else would you want to be if you love music?”

    — Bono
  • “1966 was the year of my marriage to George, our first visit to India, and the Beatles’ last concert. Everything is captured most vividly and in such detail in this book.”

    — Pattie Boyd, model, photographer, and New York Times bestselling author
  • “A fascinating dissection of these best and worst of times for the Beatles. Steve Turner’s research is impressive.”

    — Philip Norman, New York Times bestselling biographer
  • “What music journalist Turner brings…is fantastic access…and an extraordinary, Peter Guralnick-like attention to detail.”

    — USA Today
  • “Turner tackles the year from all angles…This book is the work of an expert, and expertly written at that.”

    — Paste
  • “Beatles ’66 is a major achievement—for Beatles fans, yes of course, but also for anyone interested in how creativity works and is affected by its surroundings.”

    — New York Journal of Books
  • “The most comprehensive coverage of Revolver and the events in the Beatles’ lives and times in 1966. Splendid!”

    — Tony Bramwell, author of Magical Mystery Tours: My Life with the Beatles
  • “Turner succeeds in creating an illuminating portrait of the Beatles, both as a band and as individual artists.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “A wonderfully compelling look into the year that changed everything for the band.”

    — BookPage
  • “A pleasing romp through the Beatles’ annus mirabilis…Turner does a nice job of capturing them at their best.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

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About Steve Turner

Steve Turner is the author of A Hard Day’s Write: The Stories behind Every Beatles’ Song, and biographies of Jack Kerouac, Marvin Gaye, and Van Morrison. He has written on music and aspects of popular culture for many publications, including the London Times, Mojo, and Rolling Stone. He lives in London.

About Simon Vance

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and narrator. He has earned more than fifty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration thirteen times. He was named Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008 and has been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London. He is also an actor who has appeared on both stage and television.