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Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years by [Lewisohn, Mark]
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“An epic unprecedented in rock ’n’ roll biography, and a great read . . . there’s a surprise on every page.” Mojo

“Beyond essential . . . a wildly evocative portrait . . . The saga is clearer and richer here than it’s ever been. Lewisohn writes in novelistic detail and with the obvious conviction that none of the previous Beatles biographies have ever been good enough.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A radical event and a joy to read . . . Lewisohn’s work stands as a monumental triumph, a challenge not merely to other Beatles biographers but to the discipline of biography itself. If only all important subjects had their Lewisohn.” —Washington Post

“The biggest, deepest Beatles book ever.”Rolling Stone

“The widest possible angle on an extensive and engrossing group biography built on a well-raked mountain of exacting new research . . . expertly controlled and propelling.”New York Times
“Lewisohn manages to fill in blanks that no one knew were empty.”The New Yorker
“A triumph. Not only an enthralling account of the Beatles group’s origins, far superior to anything that has gone before, but also an essential piece of social history . . . Lewisohn has set out to do the Beatles justice and write the definitive history. I think he is succeeding.” —The Times (UK)
“A book with a difference, one that ensures all previous rock tomes will gather dust on high cobwebbed shelves . . . Lewisohn has set the benchmark in popular music history that he alone can match.” —Huffington Post
“Every single page brings the Beatles back into focus and moves them away from legend. Common myths fall apart under Mr. Lewisohn’s research.” New York Journal of Books
“In its close focus and historical ambition, the trilogy may be compared to Robert Caro’s biography of Lyndon Johnson or John Richardson’s A Life of Picasso; it is unlikely to be surpassed.” —Daily Telegraph (UK)
“A game-changing study which raises the bar in a genre characterized by pap or pretension. A meticulous piece of work – I can’t wait for volume two.” —The Independent (UK)
“I can think of no greater praise for Tune In than to say that it gives the Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve. It is hard to imagine the subsequent volumes, covering more familiar ground, matching the gripping quality of this constantly surprising work.” —Financial Times
“This is the story told in Proustian detail, told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it.”  The Guardian (UK)
“With imagination, energy and a gripping plotline, Lewisohn manages to put flesh and blood on the story as never before.” The Sunday Times (UK)
“Packed with revelations and demystifications.” The Economist
“A major event in music publishing . . . the definitive account of the Beatles.” GQ
“Lewisohn treats his subjects seriously, as historical, if ultimately remarkable, figures, and eschews the myriad myths that have grown up around the band in favor of the sorts of details and minutiae, wrapped in a serious but breezy narrative, that give us the fullest picture of who John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and, eventually, Ringo Starr were.” —Esquire
“A fast-moving page-turner overflowing with warm humor, passion, and (of course) music. Likely to become a principle text in 20th-century studies, a sort of Complete Shakespeare with a much better soundtrack.” —
“As a Beatles scholar, Mark Lewisohn has no serious rivals. [This is] nothing less than a lifetime’s work embracing the cultural and personal history of the Fab Four, a multi-volume epic written on a scale unprecedented in its genre.” —Irish Times
Tune In is brilliant in describing the addictive power of rock and roll when there was no imaginable alternative in a doomed town. [Tune In] turns up the colors in a world that has faded to grey.” —Herald Scotland

“Unearths searing new facts that change our historical perspective of what we’ve always been told, setting history on its ear.”—

A definitive history of the band.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Written with passion, authority and vitality, this is an absorbing book.”—Edinburgh Evening News

“Epic in its scope, forensic in its detail, Tune In is like reading the Beatles’ story for the very first time.”—R2/Rock ‘n’ Reel

“Lewisohn has a knack for underscoring the moment, the precise moment, when things change.”—

“A clear-eyed appraisal of rock’s most beloved band.”—

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Tune In is the first volume of All These Years—a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962—when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity. They’ve one hit record ("Love Me Do") behind them and the next ("Please Please Me") primed for release, their first album session is booked, and America is clear on the horizon.  This is the lesser-known Beatles story—the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg—and in many respects the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. Here is the complete and true account of their family lives, childhoods, teenage years and their infatuation with American music, here is the riveting narrative of their unforgettable days and nights in the Cavern Club, their laughs, larks and adventures when they could move about freely, before fame closed in.  

For those who’ve never read a Beatles book before, this is the place to discover the young men behind the icons. For those who think they know John, Paul, George, and Ringo, it’s time to press the Reset button and tune into the real story, the lasting word.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12753 KB
  • Print Length: 961 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (Oct. 29 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CNQ9P6E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 13 2013
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This is the most accurate and up to date book about the Beatles from youth to 1963 that you will ever need. At a whopping 900 plus pages it is thorough. Mark Lewisohns writing is clear and concise and full of humor. The book carries the reader right up to the cusp of their release of their "Please Please Me" single. For the casual Beatle fan and even the fan who thinks he knows it all this book is full of surprises and information. Blatant untruths that have been forwarded over 40 years or more by author upon author are exposed and explained properly. Mr Lewisohns research is amazing. He even read all the local papers for areas and towns the Beatles played in when they were not "famous" to glean information. Thats a LOT of reading alone. Add to that all the Government archives and registrars and other Beatle!

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.
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Several people who bought this book have a plethora of other Beatle books detailing how John met Paul, how George joined the band and Ringo replaced Pete Best, but not to the detail of this new classic. Lewisohn shows that he clearly did his research including interviews with those people who dealt with John, Paul, George and Ringo on a daily basis. He uncovers several details that were unknown to me such as the story of Japage 3, accurate stories of the Nerk Twins and the history of George Martin and Brian Epstein before they met the future Fab Four. I felt that I had an above average knowledge of the Beatles early years, but Lewisohn both introduced me to some new information and clarified points that were incomplete or not accurate in other Beatles biographies. I especially enjoyed the detailed explanation of how Parlophone and EMI signed the group to a contract in 1962 not because of their musical talent, but to make a profit from the songs of Lennnon & McCartney.

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.
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A thorough, in-depth treatment of an always fascinating subject. Lewisohn is not afraid to reference material from other biographies (especially that of Hunter Davies, the only heretofore "authorized" Beatles bio). What separates this from the (many) others is Lewisohn's lifelong fascination with the subject, and his unparalleled access to the surviving Beatles and interviews with them and with so many of those who were close to all of them. This includes friends, relatives, former girlfriends, employers, teachers, the list goes on. He leaves no stone unturned. This is a wonderful result of clearly a lot of hard work. It's also, clearly, a labour of love.

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).
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As a lifelong Beatles fan, I had read a bit about the group, but often found myself wanting more. This book answered my wishes. Despite its length, it is a good read throughout and never gets tedious or dull. Lewisohn does a superb job illuminating the Beatles' personalities and backgrounds, as well as key figures such as Brian Epstein and George Martin. This is truly a definitive work and I look forward to reading the next volume.
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Absolutely superb book about the Beatles, from birth to the moment when they were ready to emerge on the national stage in the UK. Before reading this, I deluded myself into believing I was an expert on the Beatles. Almost every page contains some surprising fact, a nugget which puts known facts into a new context, some behind-the-scenes action which even the boys didn't know about at the time, and many, many examples of "facts" which are commonly accepted, but which turn out to be either a half-truth or completely false. Yes, it's thick and detailed (with extensive footnotes), but it is beautifully written, and the story is so compelling that it doesn't seem long at all. The sheer improbability of their success, and the many coincidences and lucky breaks make this a thrilling adventure. Lewisohn shows the reader just how hard it was for four kids from poor and broken families--coming from a grimy working-class city devastated by the war-- to get recognition in snobbish London. It gives a fabulous image of the personalities involved (including Brian Epstein and George Martin), and how their drive to succeed on their own terms propelled them beyond others who had easier paths to success. And it hints at the hidden conflicts and compromises which were made in the early 60s and which would inevitably lead to their breakup. Any Beatle lover (and who could not be?) should read this book.
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