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  Koskimäki, Jouni (2000), "Happiness is ... a good transcription. Shortcomings in the sheet music publications of Happiness Is A Warm Gun." In: Yrjö Heinonen, Jouni Koskimäki, Seppo Niemi and Terhi Nurmesjärvi (eds.), Beatlesstudies 2. History, identity, authenticity. Jyväskylä: University of Jyväskylä (Department of Music, Research Reports 23), 2000, 169-205.
  Koskimäki's article deals with one aspect of the reception history of the Beatles — that is, the sheet music publication business. The main point concerns the authenticity of the sheet music publications of the Beatles. Taking as a case study "Happiness Is A Warm Gun", Koskimäki explores how accurately the music, in particular the rhythm, has been transcribed in different sheet music publications. He also takes into account how well these transcriptions serve musicians to learn and play the music. Unfortunately, the average quality of these publications seems to be little more than fair and there are publications that cannot be imagined to serve anybody. The state of the sheet music transcriptions of the Beatles probably reflects the overall state of popular music publications.
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