7. Revolution in the Head: The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties by Ian Macdonald [Pimlico 1995]
The only book you need to read on the Beatles and their musical impact. I say musical, because Macdonald, like me, is not at all interested in their roles as fashion icons, leaders of change in teenage morals, social and gender politics, the Swinging Sixties blah blah blah. They were important musicians. You don’t need to know anything else.
– Howard Goodall’s top 10 music books in The Guardian
(I admit it’s been a long time since I’ve read Macdonald’s tome, but I’m thinking every sentence of this capsule summary is ass-backwards. MacDonald “is not at all interested” in politics and Swinging Sixties? Really?)