In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs, by Andrew Blauner
In Their Lives is an anthology of essays from a chorus of twenty-nine luminaries singing the praises of their favourite Beatles songs.
Arranged chronologically by the date of the song’s release, these essays highlight both the Beatles’ evolution as well as the span of generations their music affected.
Whether they are Beatlemaniacs who grew up listening to the iconic albums on vinyl or new fans who stream their favourite songs on their phones, all of the contributors explore that poignant intersection between Beatles history and personal history.
With contributions from twenty-nine authors and musicians - Rosanne Cash on “No Reply,” Gerald Early on “I’m a Loser,” Rick Moody on “The End,” Maria Popova on “Yellow Submarine,” David Duchovny on “Dear Prudence,” Chuck Klosterman on “Helter Skelter and more - the breadth of the band’s impact is clear.
From musings on young love and family strife to explorations of racial boundaries and identity, these essays pay tribute to a band that ran the gamut of human experience in a way no musical group has done before or since.
“The collection serves as a miniature history of the Beatles. The essays are uniformly excellent and informative.” - Publishers Weekly
“In Their Lives is full of pleasant surprises.” - New York Times