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By Thomas MacFarlane

In the Nineteen Sixties, The Beatles could deal with like no different musical act an intensive shift within the cultural mind-set of the overdue 20th century. via instruments of “electric technology,” this shift encompassed the decline of visible modes of conception and the emergence of a “way-of-knowing” established more and more on sound. during this admire, the musical works of The Beatles may come to resonate with and eventually mirror Marshall McLuhan’s principles at the transition right into a tradition of “all-at-once-ness”: a simultaneous global within which immersion in bright worldwide group more and more trumps the mounted point of view of the individual.

By attractive with recording applied sciences in a fashion that no renowned act had sooner than, The Beatles spread out for exploration the acoustical house caused by way of this shift. In The Beatles and McLuhan: knowing the electrical Age, pupil and musician Thomas MacFarlane examines how the incorporation of electrical know-how within the Beatles’ paintings may improve their musical impression. MacFarlane surveys the connection among McLuhan's rules at the nature and results of electrical know-how and The Beatles personal engagement of that know-how; deals analyses of key works from The Beatles' studio years, with specific realization paid to the presence of cultural metaphors embedded within the medium of multi-track recording; and collates those info to supply attractive conclusions in regards to the Beatles’ artistic strategy within the recording studio and its cultural implications. This paintings additionally positive aspects the 1st released transcriptions ever of the full filmed dialog among John Lennon and Marshall McLuhan on their respective principles, in addition to an interview among MacFarlane and McLuhan’s son and executor, Michael McLuhan, on his father’s and the Beatles’ legacy.

The Beatles and McLuhan will curiosity students and scholars of tune and tune background, recording expertise, media reviews, communications, and renowned culture.

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