The idea was to launch The Beatles and Economics: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution (Routledge Books) on the 50th anniversary of the release of their iconic Let It Be album in June, 2002. COVID-19 had different ideas.
After more than a year of media attention swallowing up politics and the Pandemic, people are finally taking more interest in The Beatles. And you are benefiting with more and more podcasts and media coverage!
Check out these multimedia options for hearing more about my unique and provocative take on the Beatles phenomenon:
The Beatles and Economics earned a gold medal - the top prize - in the business category for nonfiction books in the 2020 President's Book Awards. This national competition uses a numerical scoring rubric to set thresholds for quality and accessibility. Thus, not all categories award medals.
"Sam Staley's book is thought provoking and well written. It will be a good addition to the Beatles book shelf."
"Even if you are not a [Beatles] fan, this book will keep you glued to it."
"The Beatles and Economics offers a creative way to apply the story of the Beatles to the principles of economic behavior."
“Sam Staley’s new book does something unique: It explains core principles of cultural entrepreneurship, not by statistical analysis (as in the research literature) or by sketchy anecdotes, but by a sustained, detailed analysis of a team of cultural entrepreneurs, namely The Beatles. As such, it fills an important gap in modern writing on cultural economics and entrepreneurship. The book is extremely well-written, and although it makes use of much economics and management theory it is highly accessible.”
"A fresh look at The Beatles from the viewpoint of basic economic theory, which provides a concise interpretation of the band’s success and internal dynamics in terms of human capital and decision making."
“If you think business is just money and greed, you’ll be sadly oblivious to most of what goes on in the world. In The Beatles and Economics, Sam Staley explains that even in the business end of arts and culture, exciting and even inspirational developments define daily life. For both personal fulfillment and a flourishing, vibrant society, nothing beats economic freedom”
"Can’t Buy Me Love? Over 100 million albums sold say otherwise. Sam Staley uses the lens of economics as your Ticket to Ride from Penny Lane to Taxman. You can’t buy love…but you can buy this book!"
"This book provides a valuable and accessible introduction to the Beatles and economic theory. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels"
Arguably, this song is the one that launched the Beatles to international stardom. "Please, Please Me" was their first number one hit (and covered here by the Mona Lisa Twins).
This live version by the Mona Lisa Twins is rocked up, but this song was also covered crooners such as Tom Jones, classic jazz greats Count Bassie and Ella Fitzgerald, and Motown's top act The Supremes.
This song was written by Paul McCartney before the Beatles made it big, but not "finished" and released until 1967. This song is a tribute to his father.
Paul McCartney has said this is one of his favorites, if not the favorite, because of its composition and structure.
This is an early cover by the Mona Lisa Twins of the George Harrison classic (and one of my favorites). I think this song is the song that elevated Harrison to peer status as a singer/songwriter in the band.
"Yesterday" is one of the most covered songs by the Beatles. This song was also a pop music break through. The orchestral arrangements in the first song, thanks to producer George Martin, effectively created the music genre of baroque pop.
One of the Beatles signature elements was their harmonies, something I came to really appreciate while writing the book (and listening to every one of their recorded songs plus lots of live recordings). I think the Mona Lisa Twins really nail it in this version.
The Mona Lisa Twins play this version live at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
"I Feel Fine" is one of my favorite Beatles songs, and one I rediscovered while writing The Beatles and Economics. This live cover version by the Mona Lisa Twins featuring Amy Slattery was recorded at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
The Beatles (1960-1970) is considered the most influential popular music act of the 20th century, widely recognized for its influence on popular culture, revolutionizing popular music, and reshaping the industry. In fact, their more than 200 studio recordings contributed to 60 distinct music genres and sub-genres. As the number one selling popular music act, the members of the Beatles have iconic status and an unparalleled global fan base. Their influence, and the inability of other bands and artists to replicate their success, has prompted questions such as: How did the Beatles become so successful? What factors contributed to their success? Why did they break up? Would the Beatles ever re-unite as a band? Would their innovative ways continued if they stayed together? Could another band ever replicate their success?
The Beatles and Economics: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution (Routledge, April 2020) will answer these questions and more using the lens of economics and entrepreneurship. Click here for more information from the publisher.
For something a little closer to our times, check out my review of the movie "Yesterday."
The Beatles and Economics: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and the Making of a Cultural Revolution will answer several controversial questions that have dogged popular discussions of the Beatles since the band’s break up in 1970. Using the lens of economics this book will explore how...
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