The Beatles and Humour: Mockers, Funny Papers, and Other Play (Hardcover)

The Beatles and Humour: Mockers, Funny Papers, and Other Play By Katie Kapurch (Editor), Richard Mills (Editor), Matthias Heyman (Editor) Cover Image

The Beatles and Humour: Mockers, Funny Papers, and Other Play (Hardcover)

By Katie Kapurch (Editor), Richard Mills (Editor), Matthias Heyman (Editor)

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The Beatles are known for cheeky punchlines, but understanding their humor goes beyond laughing at John Lennon's memorable "rattle your jewelry" dig at the Royal Variety Performance in 1963. From the beginning, the Beatles' music was full of wordplay and winks, guided by comedic influences ranging from rhythm and blues, British radio, and the Liverpool pub scene. Gifted with timing and deadpan wit, the band habitually relied on irony, sarcasm, and nonsense. Early jokes revealed an aptitude for improvisation and self-awareness, techniques honed throughout the 1960s and into solo careers. Experts in the art of play, including musical experimentation, the Beatles' shared sense of humor is a key ingredient to their appeal during the 1960s- and to their endurance.

The Beatles and Humour offers innovative takes on the serious art of Beatle fun, an instrument of social, political, and economic critique. Chapters also situate the band alongside British and non-British predecessors and collaborators, such as Billy Preston and Yoko Ono, uncovering diverse components and unexpected effects of the Beatles' output.
Katie Kapurch is Associate Professor of English at Texas State University, USA. Her books include Victorian Melodrama in the Twenty-First Century (2016), New Critical Perspectives on the Beatles (2016 with Kenneth Womack), and Blackbird: How Black Musicians Sang the Beatles into Being (2023). Forthcoming books include Disney Plus Beatles with Bloomsbury Academic. Richard Mills is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Popular Culture at St Mary's University, UK. He is the author of The Beatles and Fandom: Sex, Death and Progressive Nostalgia (2019) and co-editor of Mad Dogs and Englishness (2017). Forthcoming books include The Beatles and Black Music: Post-colonial Theory, Musicology and Remix Culture with Bloomsbury Academic. Matthias Heyman is Assistant Professor in the Arts at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Lecturer at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, where he is the Vice-chair of Research. He also is Postdoctoral Fellow at LUCA School of Arts, Leuven and freelances as a double bassist. He has a forthcoming monograph on jazz bassist Jimmie Blanton.

Product Details ISBN: 9781501379345
ISBN-10: 1501379348
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: September 7th, 2023
Pages: 280
Language: English