Table of Contents

Preface My Beatle Story • A Trip to Liverpool • My Paul Dream • Frameworks and Metaphors • Fandom Without Judgment • A Map of the Book


Chapter One: Setting The Stage
 
The New Frontier and the Power of Youth • Good Rockets, Bad Rockets • Origins of a Quagmire • Freedom and Liberation • Gender and the Status of Women • Cold War Pop Culture • Pop Without The Pop • And That’s The Way It Is • Between Two Eras • Meet The Beatles


Chapter Two: Something New • 
February 9, 1964-July 1964 
Anglophilia • Picking A Favorite • Beatleing • No Girls Allowed • A Presence In The Household • A Regular Boy’s Haircut • Learning From The Lyrics • A Fan Ritual • Cheered Up and Ready for Change


Chapter Three: British Boys • August 1964–November 1965
 
New Points of View • What Do The Grownups Think? • I Can’t Believe I’m Here! • Invasion • The Stones Roll In • In With The New: 1965 • Seven Songs • New Sentiments • And It’s In Color! • The Toppermost • Back to School With The Beatles • Animated Moptops • Most Excellent • For the Youngsters


Chapter Four: The Embodiment of Cool • December 1965-January 1967
 
Listening Closely • Say The Word and Be Like Me • Working It Out • Top 40 Diversity • A Psychedelic Single • Sex, Drugs, and Pop • They’re Gonna Crucify Me • Abracadabra! • The Beatle Break • The Mania Continues • Here Come the Hippies


Chapter Five: I’d Love to Turn You On • February 1967–December 1967
 
Staying On The Bus • Something Happening Here • A Magic Presentation • A Splendid Time • The Drug Thing • The Summer of Love • All You Need Is Love • Listening to the Pre-Fabs • An Exit and an Entrance • Crayons to Perfume • Step Right This Way • Not Just The Hits • Calm Before The Storm


Chapter Six: We All Want To Change The World • January 1968–December 1968
 
Social Sorting • Mind The Gap • Making Ends Meet • Black Beatle Fans? • Hail, Columbia • The Apple Cart • What’s With The Hair? • Ascendant Evil • Exemplary Hippies • Another Girl • Making It Better • The Whole World Is Watching • What Would John Do? • Rethinking Gender Roles • Men In Ruffled Shirts • A Bloomin’ Book • Beatles v. Blue Meanies • Keep on Trying • John Being John • The White Album


Chapter Seven: The Last Leg • January 1969–May 1970
 
Bed Peace • No Discernable Pattern • An Anthem Is Born • Summer Spectacle • Music and Mud • Oh That Magic Feeling • And in the End • The Wedding Album • Turn Me On, Dead Man • A Poke At Her Majesty • End of a Decade • Shining On • Getting Back to Let it Be • I Read The News Today • The Next Best Thing • Sad Spring • The Beatles’ Reality Show • End of the Journey


Chapter Eight: Beatleness Abounds  
Filling Special Needs • A Different Kind of Nurturing • Born At The Right Time • A Coherent Philosophy • Gratitude and Bliss • A Singular Relationship • All Together Now • A Joyful Trauma • Generational Identity • Perpetual Beatleness • The Beatles and the Cosmos