the Beatles

The Billboard Top 100 is shaking up its chart to include online streaming. What does this mean for music?

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Pretending

The Beatles: Rock Band Guitar Hero When smug old children of the 1970s such as my friends and I get together, we play a game. We talk about the bands we loved when we were kids; we trade grumbles about the fact that music no longer seems to dominate youth culture, as we nostalgically recall the role that rock had in our past; and we try to guess what happened. I call this a game and not a discussion, because really it is diverting silliness that boils down to a competition to reach an agreed-upon goal--that is, to prove our generation’s superiority to our successors.

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Wishin' and Mopin'

Dusty!: Queen of the Postmods By Annie J. Randall (Oxford University Press, 219 pp., $24.95) We do our best to keep up, those of us tottering into the back of The New Republic's book once a fortnight. So I have my work and my life as well as those of my wife and children. I have revenues to raise and taxes to pay. On Super Bowl Sunday, I cared just about enough to watch the game, though I was more certain to watch Chelsea versus Liverpool, live, in the West Coast morning. I hope to read a couple of books a month. I worry, but I like to have time for doing nothing.

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Get Back

Books about John Lennon shouldn't leave out his music.

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Life in the Stone Age

Louis Menand: Checks, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

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Exiles on Easy Street

John Lahr: The bizzare story of the Stones' decadent career.

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The Beatles Considered

Twenty years later, are the Beatles still magical?

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