Price 50p – Location – Sutton Veny Summer Fate, Wiltshire.
I bought a copy of this smart little book at the Summer Fete at Sutton Veny House in Wiltshire off a charity stall. I also bought one on Let it Bleed as Well which I haven’t read yet. I had second thoughts about buying it as I have such a back log of books to work through but I have always been amused by David Quantick’s writing in the past and have fond memories of the listening to the White Album.
The book covers the recording of The Beatles 1968 LP called the Beatles but referred to by everyone as the White LP due to its classic cover (plain white) but British pop artist Richard Hamilton. There is a nice mix of trivia, personal details about the writers and some critical analysis of the songs. It doesn’t aim to cover the same ground as Ian McDonalds Revolution in the Head, the tone is fairly light hearted, funny and well judged.
Throughout the book the versions of the songs on the LP are compared to those in the Kinfaun demos. The Kinfaun demo versions of the songs are all acoustic with a number of different melodies, lyrics, arrangements and a number of songs that didn’t make the final version of the LP.
From reading the book I have now tracked down a copy of the demos online and really enjoyed listening to them. Buying the book has resulted in a new set of songs that I had never even heard of (let alone heard) and a better understanding of Pop Art and the work of Richard Hamilton.
I am going to burn a copy of the demos and send it with the book to a good friend of mine who is a big Beatles fan. Hopefully he will get as much joy from them as me and maybe past them on to someone else so that the book takes on another life all of its own.
Revolution is a classic example of why I started second hand culture website. One book has resulted in opening pathways to a wealth of other sources and material. You are not going to get this from second hand Kindles are you?