For years, popular culture has pitted music fans into one of two houses of rock and roll: You’re either a Beatles fan or a Rolling Stones fan. In Beatles vs. Stones (Simon & Schuster, $26) writer and rock music fanatic John McMillian explores the celebrity, reputations, and media frenzy surrounding the historic rivalry of two of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands ever. Suggesting that the groups’ rivalry was merely a fabrication of the music industry and their managers, McMillian traverses the history and culture of the ‘60s to reflect on the public and personal relationships of the bands. From the streets of London to the arenas of the States, the book unveils the true characters of the bands; The Beatles were ruffians posed as the boys next door, the Rolling Stones were suburban gentleman made into streetfighters. Through McMillian’s painstaking research and passionate storytelling, this book stands as a refreshing take on two of the most beloved bands of all time.
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