The Beatles - The Biography: Tune in v. 1 Hardcover – Oct 10 2013
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The book is volume 1 of a planned 3 book series. Apparently this book took approximately 10 years to write, with plans for the next volumes at 4 year intervals. I am very much looking forward to the next books in the series.A very good interview with the author (over an hour long) is available from iTunes as a podcast by The Fab 4 Free 4 All guys. It is episode 73, and very much worth the listen.
Other Beatle books have provided a somewhat romanticized and dream-like view of how the Bealtes conquered first Britain, then the world after they signed with Parlophone in 1962.
In this book, Lewisohn paints a more accurate picture of an initial group of three boys with a love of Rock'n Roll and R'nB, who through perseverance, luck, good timing and some solid talent became the biggest band of the 60s and are known by millions world-wide.
As I say in the title of this review - wide and deep. The most intriguing parts have to do with debunking the various myths surrounding the Beatles related in endless bios and memoirs: for instance, the sacking of Pete Best receives exhaustive treatment, and Tune In has easily the most credible and reasonable of all the various versions of this story. Best was, by consensus of the other Beatles, Epstein, George Martin, etc, simply not good enough - "end of", as they say. Add to that the fact he didn't get along well with the other three. Ringo, by contrast, had everything they needed: personality, boldness, compatibility with the other three, and, most importantly, chops. He could lay down a metronomic beat (though he couldn't do a proper drumroll, as if that was needed!), which was crucial, and was inventive (anyone doubting Ringo's abilities are advised to listen to the remastered 2009 releases, on headphones - he will astonish you (very quietly) at times).Read more ›
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Borrowed from my library and decided I had to have my own copy. The most comprehensive look at the lives of major Liverpool players and their families associated with the Fab Four.Published 3 months ago by John Tanner
As close to a definitive biography of The Beatles as we'll ever get. Corrects lots of errors in other books, and admits it when there is no definite knowledge about something. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Dave
This book transports you to postwar Liverpool and Germany and provides an amazing insight into the development of the greatest musical phenomenon the world will ever know. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeff Ferguson
I have read them all but this is the ultimate Beatle book . Getting frustrated waiting for the second edition. When is it due out?Published 8 months ago by Michael McCracken
What a gorgeous book...I am savouring every word...highly recommended.Published 9 months ago by g beak
The amount of material covered in this book is mind-boggling. At its end, Beatlemania is about to explode on the world scene and the magical mystery roller-coaster ride is about... Read morePublished 14 months ago by James Yaworsky
After reading umpteen Beatle biographies and as a true Beatles fanatic I didn't expect to learn much new from this book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Percy A. Marshall
This may be the definitive Beatles bio....and i've read quite a lot..Published 17 months ago by Andre Michaud