類別:社會科學/歷史.音樂.
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How The Beatles Rocked The Kremlin?
批頭四如何用搖滾瓦解克里姆林宮?
版本: 精裝304頁  2013 年 4 月 23 日  Bloomsbury USA出版
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內容介紹

 讓我們想像那曾是一個沒有音樂自由的國家,一個沒有想像力的世界。商人悄俏運輸那稱為違禁品的唱片、學生因為聆聽不該聽的音樂而被捕,以及那些非法的地下電台秘密撥放著來自遙遠西方的聲音  

對蘇維埃青年來說,披頭四喚醒了他們一整個世代,使他們睜開眼睛重新看見七十年來國家的官場文化,啟發他們挑戰僵固已久的獨裁主義。自從爵士時代以來,蘇聯的領導者們已封鎖、壓制了大多數的西方大眾文化,但批頭四音樂的影響力已遠不止於西方國家而已,他們歌曲裡的精神和意義也讓蘇維埃青年們更有勇氣面對國家的政治問題,促使他們思考國家為鞏固權力而封閉人民思想的舉動。 

作者Leslie Woodhead提出了一個有趣的議題─披頭四的音樂如何瓦解了蘇聯帝國?當蘇聯青年不再高呼建造社會主義,而開始高唱ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE;當蘇聯青年將文化轉變成政治,並創造了蘇聯文化,這已不是僅僅一場流行熱潮,而是一段文化與政治的革命故事。除此之外,這不只是一本關於批頭四的紀錄,更是關於蘇聯、關於社會主義的概念,以及歷史發展的必然性。或許我們對批頭四的歌曲早已熟悉,但在不同文化的脈絡與衝擊下,這是另一場探索與啟發的旅程,批頭四作為一種具體產生影響力的象徵,對應出大時代的環境與政治變遷。這是蘇聯歷史失落的一章,Leslie Woodhead以其獨特的觀察力帶領我們進入屬於那個時代的熱血與哀傷。

 

目前已有實體樣書可供審閱。

作者介紹

 Leslie Woodhead是英國著名記錄片導演,為BBCHBO製作過許多影集。他的影片也曾獲得許多國際獎項,包括美國的EmmyPeabodys,英國的BAFTARoyal Television Society。曾著有My Life as a Spy以及A Box Full of Spirits。他也曾將How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin拍成紀錄片。

作者官網:http://www.lesliewoodhead.com/

書評

 Leslie Woodhead has given us a priceless addition to Beatle literature—and a beautifully observed and witty insight into the cultural underbelly of the Soviet Union.”—Paul Greengrass, director of The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, United 93 and Green Zone


 

“How the Beatles really did come and keep their comrades warm … a fascinating lost chapter In their history.”—Philip Norman, author of John Lennon: A Life and Mick Jagger

 

"Forget the triumph of market capitalism. According to Leslie Woodhead, it was the subversive power of art and cultural connection that stoked the fires of freedom and popular revolution, which ultimately brought down the Iron Curtain. A deliciously appealing premise!"—Helena Kennedy QC, President of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University
 

“Fine on-the-ground reporting here … [A] worthwhile addition to the Beatles bookshelf.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Did the Fab Four bring down the Soviet Empire single-handed? It’s a wonderful thought … Woodhead’s book is rather more about Russia than it is about The Beatles, but it’s also about the most socialist of concepts, historical inevitability … In this story the true believers won, and they still believe. You’ll read the book with a smile on your face, and a song–possibly written by Lennon and McCartney–in your heart"—Daily Mail (UK)

 

"In 1962, as a young TV producer, Leslie Woodhead made a short film at Liverpool’s Cavern Club about a local pop group who had caught his eye. The Beatles, of course, went on to conquer the musical world. More startlingly, according to his new book, they might also have helped demolish the vast totalitarian edifice that was the Soviet Union … Could a few three minute songs really threaten a superpower? Suddenly the claims of Woodhead’s Beatlemaniacs – the Russians for whom Lennon trumped Lenin – don’t seem quite so absurd after all"—Mail on Sunday (UK)

 

"Effervescent … This tells the remarkable story of precisely how and why Woodhead explains, 'the Beatles came to mean more, and were more important, to that generation of Soviet youth that they were here, or in America – for several reasons'"—Observer (UK)