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Bruce Handy reviews a new book about The Beatles for the NYTimes. He starts by wondering what's the point in yet another book about the Fab Four.
So what on earth does Jonathan Gould think he’s doing by adding to the flood with “Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America” — aside from guaranteeing himself a floor audience of completists and getting to write off bootlegs on his tax returns? Is there anything left to say, any detritus left unpicked through?
It’s not so much a new take as it is a more diligent take, a grand sifting. Happily, the effort paid off: Gould has written a scrupulous, witty and, at times, appropriately skeptical study, which drew me back into a subject I thought I was sick of.
Weekend Box Office
1. Saw IV (how long can this tradition keep going?)
2. Dan in Real Life
3. 30 Days of Night
4. The Game Plan
5. Why Did I Get Married?