Beatles ’66: The Revolutionary Year

A month-by-month look at an extraordinary year for an extraordinary band.

By 1966, the Beatles had reached the end, and a new beginning. The book cheats a little by starting in December 1965, but that is only to cover the beginning of Revolver, and ends with the first recordings for Sgt. Pepper.

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In between, there are drugs, tours, close calls, apologies, religion, new relationships, old relationships and more.

The Beatles take a break from each other, expand their own horizons, and bring all that back in time to record one of the seminal albums of the rock era – right after recording another of the seminal albums of the era.

Turner sums it up this way: “In December 1965 the Beatles had been fresh-faced touring idols widely thought of as a fad that was on the verge of dying out. … A year later they were studio-based artists flag-waving for the avant-garde who were maturing with their audience and gaining the respect of serious music critics.”

Would love to see Turner follow up with a Beatles ’67 book.

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