The Beatles Encyclopedia
Everything Fab Four
by Kenneth Womack
November 2016, 621pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4426-3
$33, £25, 28€, A48
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More than 50 years after they changed the course of popular music, the Beatles continue to exert a profound influence on world culture.

This condensed paperback encyclopedia documents the enduring cultural impact and musical legacy of the Beatles, providing readers with a one-stop resource to the Fab Four's compelling story and breadth of achievements.

Legendary in music and popular culture, the Beatles were one of the most successful bands of all time. The collective achievements of the Fab Four affect a broad demographic that includes today’s children, Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers. This one-volume condensed paperback edition of The Beatles Encyclopedia brings the Beatles’ dramatic story alive, highlighting the humanity of the quartet of artists that has made them an enduring artistic and social phenomenon.

The entries in this condensed encyclopedia provide in-depth biographical information about the Beatles and their circle as well as fascinating historical background and key details about their most important works, giving readers broad coverage that addresses the major aspects of the band’s and its individual members’ phenomenal achievement. The easy-to-use A–Z resource also includes a biographical chronology and a discography as well as a bibliography that directs readers to excellent sources of additional information in print and online.


  • Provides an easy-to-use, single-volume condensed version of the hardcover edition of Greenwood's The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four
  • Presents expansive, detailed information about the Beatles' lives and their iconic music that secured their place in history
  • Analyzes the Beatles' body of work, including collective efforts and solo releases, and identifies the significant people, places, and events that impacted their work
  • Includes a selected bibliography of print and electronic resources that are accessible and useful to students and general readers alike
Kenneth Womack is dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, where he also serves as professor of English. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles; the Cambridge Companion to the Beatles; and the two-volume The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four. Womack is also the author of three award-winning novels, including John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel, The Restaurant at the End of the World, and Playing the Angel. He serves as editor of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies: A Journal of Criticism and Theory and as coeditor of the English Association's The Year's Work in English Studies.


"It's Womack's book you'll pick up if you need a fact fast."—Goldmine, November 15, 2016

"To those libraries and collectors interested in a dense edition of Beatles musical information, this volume could be a valuable one-stop resource."—ARBA, March 13, 2017

"Well written, meticulously researched, and full of cross-references, this work concludes with a detailed index, a lengthy discography, and pages of recommended resources. Beatles aficionados won't be disappointed. . . . [I]deal for anyone with a serious interest in the quartet."—Library Journal, July 1, 2017

"The 2016 version of the encyclopedia is a detailed examination of all things Beatles and includes copious information. . . . You cannot go wrong adding the 2016 condensed version to your collection (at the library and at home). Libraries with the two-volume set might consider adding one or more copies of the condensed version into the circulating collection, especially at universities offering one or more courses on the Beatles."—Reference Reviews, March 5, 2018
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