The Beatles and Their Revolutionary Bass Player

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April 20, 2014   |   354 pages


How would the current economic state or all of the sorrows of the world compare to going through life never hearing “She Loves You” or “A Day in the Life”? Instead, we were able to live vicariously through a story that would make a great novel (if someone ever chose to write it as such). It has everything you need: desire, early failures, bleak moments, heartbreak, love affairs, dragon women and helpless maidens, martyrs, incredible characters—some dark and some light—coming and going just when they were most needed, insecurity and loyalty, triumph against all odds, the world held in the sway of four men who changed it all, a breakup that was viewed with more despair than Charles and Diana and—finally—four figures, four separate Phoenixes, stumbling to their feet and learning for the first time how to stand up without their three mates at their side.

The intention of this book is to capture some of that story with a focus on the evolution of the bass playing of Paul McCartney. The book’s genesis was a website devoted to his bass guitar work (still online at but it became clear that any discussion of one aspect of the Beatles leaves the rest of the story wanting. For example, to talk only about McCartney’s most famous bass line—the one in “Come Together”—ignores the innovative drumming of Ringo Starr, the swampiness of Paul’s electric piano, the quality of John

5 reviews for The Beatles and Their Revolutionary Bass Player

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eugene Belmont

    Beatles Explained for Everyone

    Just got this book a few days ago and have been reading, reading, reading. Dennis explains in the first few pages what to expect as you read on, and it’s all true. He promises not to overwhelm with music theory, and he doesn’t (thank goodness, my musical training ended with “my dog has fleas”). And to those folks who just simply love the Beatles and don’t know why, this book will help you to understand the “why.” The Beatle anecdotes are wonderful and skillfully narrated. And, although the book provides great coverage of Paul McCartney and his evolution as a bass player, the other members of the Fab Four are given their due, as well. It’s very obvious right from the first page that Dennis is deeply steeped in Beatle lore, and is a loyal and devoted fan; he doesn’t mind giving a little back o’ the hand to those that presented problems to the Beatles’ progress to stardom on the world stage. All in all, “The Beatles and their Revolutionary Bass Player” is a great read. Great job, Dennis!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alex B. Macdonald Jr.


    Excellent, fascinating analysis of McCartneys bass playing! Great insight into the Beatles music thru the POV of the bass! Recommended!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    A good buy!

    Definitely worth buying. A bit amateurish and Internetish in places, but very insightful.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    T. Bowen

    Very good book on Paul and the Beatles.

    I have read many, many books on the Beatles. I’m also a Bass player who loves Paul. It’s fortunate that Beatles fans have had access to a lot of really great books over the years. I wasn’t sure about this one…I saw it in the store and thought the cover looked kind of…well…cheap. Bought it anyway and was happily surprised. Mr. Alstrand has done a great job of not only looking at Macca’s playing but gives an overview of the band as they moved through their years together. His writing style keeps things moving right along and interesting while providing some great information and insights. Good stuff here!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Five Stars

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