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Revolver Wins ARSC Award

ARSC Awards for Excellence

We’re thrilled to announce that Robert Rodriguez’s Revolver: How the Beatles Reimagined Rock’n’Roll (Backbeat Books) has won the 2013 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Award for Excellence in the category of Best Historical Research on Rock. Congratulations, Robert!

For more information about the award, visit ARSC’s website.

Visit the book’s website.
Listen to a podcast episode with Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Phillips.
Read the introduction on Closer Look.


Book Info

Revolver: How the Beatles Reimagined Rock’n’Roll by Robert Rodriguez

Acquired wisdom has always put Sgt. Pepper at the head of the class, but it was Revolver that truly signaled The Beatles’ sea change from a functional band to a studio-based ensemble. These changes began before Rubber Soul but came to fruition on Revolver, which took an astonishing 300 hours to produce, far more than any rock record before it.
The making of Revolver – hunkered down in Abbey Road with George Martin – is in itself a great Beatles story, but would be nothing if the results weren’t so impactful. More than evenSgt. Pepper and Pet SoundsRevolver fed directly into the rock ‘n’ roll zeitgeist, and its influence could be heard everywhere: from the psychedelic San Francisco sound (Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead); to the first wave of post-blues hard rock (Sabbath, Zeppelin); through movie soundtracks and pretty much everything that followed it – including every generation of guitar-based pop music and even heavy metal. More than any record before or after, Revolverwas the game-changer, and this is, finally, the detailed telling of its storied recording and enormous impact.