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Help!: The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration
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Thomas Brothers (Duke University)
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Help!: The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration

Thomas Brothers (Duke University)



Theory of music & musicology;
Rock & Pop music


416 pages

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The Beatles and Duke Ellington's Orchestra stand as the two greatest examples of collaboration in music history. Thomas Brothers delivers a portrait of the creative process at work, demonstrating that the cooperative method at the foundation of these two artist-groups was the primary reason for their unmatched musical success.

While clarifying the historical record of who wrote what, with whom and how, Brothers brings the past to life with photos, anecdotes and more than thirty years of musical knowledge, and analysis of songs from Strawberry Fields Forever to Chelsea Bridge . Help! describes in rich detail the music and mastery of two cultural leaders whose popularity has never dimmed, and the process of collaboration that allowed them to achieve an artistic vision greater than the sum of their parts.

By:   Thomas Brothers (Duke University)
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   650g
ISBN:   9780393246230
ISBN 10:   039324623X
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Thomas Brothers is the author of Help! The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration; Louis Armstrong's New Orleans; and Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of music at Duke University, he lives with his family in Durham, North Carolina.

An erudite, engagingly written history...Brothers's rich analyses make for an engrossing narrative that illuminates some of pop music's greatest creative collaborations. A sweeping history of 20th-century popular music....A fresh blend of scholarly musical analysis and provocative ideas about creativity and how composers create great art. Brothers' musicology background is evident in his closely attentive and detailed responses to Ellington and Beatles compositions.

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