Walter Everett (musicologist)

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Walter Everett is a music theorist specializing in popular music who teaches at the University of Michigan.

His books include The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology (1999, ISBN 978-0-19-512941-0), which has been called "the most important work to appear on the Beatles thus far",[1] and its follow-up volume, The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men through Rubber Soul (2001). He also wrote The Foundations of Rock: From 'Blue Suede Shoes' to 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes' (2008, ISBN 978-0-19-531024-5) and has contributed to titles in the Cambridge Companions to Music series.

Gary Burns, editor of the journal Popular Music and Society, describes Everett's Beatles as Musicians volumes as a "monumental two-book set" that has furthered the field of musicological study begun in 1973 by Wilfrid Mellers.[2] According to Michael Frontani, author of The Beatles: Image and the Media, the books represent a "landmark of scholarship" about the band's music.[3]

Everett received the Kjell Meling Award for Distinction in the Arts and Humanities.[1]



  1. ^ a b "The 2007/2008 Kjell Meling Award", Penn State Altoona.
  2. ^ Burns, Gary (2009). "Beatles News: Product line extensions and the rock canon". In Womack, Kenneth (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. p. 228. ISBN 978-0-521-68976-2.
  3. ^ Frontani, Michael R. (2007). The Beatles: Image and the Media. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi. p. 242. ISBN 978-1-57806-966-8.

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