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HELP! The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration

by | Read by Keith Sellon-Wright

Contemporary Culture • 11.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2018

Narrator Keith Sellon-Wright makes this friendly dose of musicology even friendlier with his relaxed delivery and mellow tone. The audiobook builds upon a thesis-like setup--a comparison of Duke Ellington's decentralized, opportunistic approach to musical collaboration and the egalitarian, fraternal approach of Lennon and McCartney. The work is populated by interesting digressions: the surprising inspiration for the song "Ticket to Ride"; helpful references to other disciplines, such as the artistic collaborations of Picasso and Braque and the film collaboration behind THE WIZARD OF OZ; thought-provoking comparisons, such as Lennon's "Julia" and McCartney's "Let it Be" both being references to the death of a mother; and more. The result of this collaboration between author and narrator is a well-researched audiobook that skims the scholarly waters without sinking into lecture-hall monotony. R.W.S. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2019]

Trade Ed. • HighBridge Audio • 2018

CD ISBN 9781684413829 $25.16 • Ten CDs

DD ISBN 9781684413836 $20.99

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