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New eBook shows how I Want to Hold Your Hand changed everything
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Monday, 11/18/13 3:39 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles' release of I Want to Hold Your Hand and the arrival of Beatlemania on American shores, Allan Kozinn, New York Times music critic and noted authority on the Fab Four, has published a new eBook, Got That Something!


Got That Something! chronicles the birth of the iconic Lennon-McCartney song and explains how "I Want to Hold Your Hand" became the hit single that sparked the British Invasion.

In this definitive, sharply detailed portrait of a song and its legacy, Kozinn, who has taught at the Juilliard School and New York University, geeks out over chord progressions, double-tracked vocals, and the two simple words "You" and "I," which together would carry the group to the top of the charts over and over. His fascination is contagious, bringing to life a seminal moment in rock history, when this "two-and-a-half-minute miracle" forged new possibilities for pop music throughout the sixties and beyond.

In Got That Something! Mr. Kozinn paints a vivid picture of the legendary songwriting duo at work, and the emergence of this distinctively British-sounding tune that-contrary to the assumptions of American record labels-became beloved in the United States, paving the way for the invasion to come and the lasting impact on American music that continues even today.

Allan Kozinn (@kozinn on Twitter) began writing about music for The New York Times in 1977, and joined its culture staff in 1991. A classical music critic for much of his career, he is currently a cultural reporter for The Times. His books about the Beatles also include The Beatles: From the Cavern to the Rooft and The Beatles (20th Century Composers).


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