Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles

By Dominic Pedler

Greater than thirty years after The Beatles break up up, the song of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison lives on. What precisely have been the mystical parts of these mythical songs? why are they nonetheless so influential for trendy bands? This groundbreaking publication units out to exlore The Beatles' songwriting concepts in a transparent and skim

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