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Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years Hardcover – Oct 29 2013

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  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; First U. S. Edition First Printing edition (Oct. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400083052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400083053
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 4.8 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The biggest, deepest Beatles book ever.” –Rolling Stone
“This beyond-essential dive into the Beatles’ early Liverpool and Hamburg days is a wildly evocative portrait of our lads on the verge.” –Entertainment Weekly

“A fast-moving page-turner overflowing with warm humor, passion, and (of course) music…For anyone who loves music, this book is the genuine ultimate.” VH1.com

“Astonishing…Lewisohn’s masterful, step-by-step account raises the intriguing possibility that the Beatles’ success was anything but foreordained .” –Bloomberg News

“A definitive history of the band…Mr. Lewisohn's chronicle fills in vital details that had been missing from the existing Beatles canon and corrects mistakes that have been reprinted for years.” –The Wall Street Journal

“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
“Astounding….  packed with revelations and demystifications.” –The Economist

“[Mark Lewisohn is] arguably the most widely respected Beatles historian currently working, and his bona fides served him well — not only in terms of gaining access to materials and interviews, but in obtaining the necessary perspective for a clear-eyed appraisal of rock’s most beloved band.” CNN.com
“These are the least documented, least known years in the Beatles’ lives but in some ways the richest material, as Lewisohn shows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Richy Starkey (not yet Ringo Starr) as wartime Liverpool babies who get inspired by American R&B, rock ’n’ roll and skiffle records (the last played partially on washboards and tea chests) while becoming the first British generation in decades to avoid call-up to National Service.” –Chicago Tribune

“The choicest parts of the band’s story are the early, pre-fame years, culminating with 1962. These are the hell-for-leather years, the period when a band from a grimy, bomb-scarred city—a city that didn’t exactly turn out world-beaters—defied long odds and commenced a quest that has something almost preordained about it. In this book, which focuses on 1957 to 1962, Lewisohn picks up on that supernal feel to the Beatles’ success, and at times his own wonder that all of this ever happened, with one amazing coincidence after another, feeds into our own…Lewisohn has a knack for underscoring the moment, the precise moment, when things change.” –Slate.com
“No half measures here: If you ever cast an eye toward Pepperland and wished for an epic Beatles bio, this sprawling tome would seem to be pure payoff.” –The Boston Globe

“The story is told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it…Lewisohn is a Beatles oracle.” –The Guardian (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….gripping.” –Financial Times
“Unlikely to be surpassed as factual record…Once anointed ‘Beatle Brain of Britain’ while working in accounts at BBC Radio, Lewisohn amasses and investigates facts without sacrificing an iota of the excitement.” –Telegraph (UK)

About the Author

MARK LEWISOHN is the acknowledged world authority on the Beatles. His books include the bestselling and influential Beatles Recording Sessions and Complete Beatles Chronicle. He has been a consultant and researcher on all aspects—TV, DVDs, CDs and book—of the Beatles' own Anthology and has been involved in numerous additional projects for them as well as independent works like this one. Married with two children, he lives in England.

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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 books.......wow!

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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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 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. A few surprises for those of us with too many books on the Beatles already, so well worth buying. Mark Lewisohn really is the historian of the Beatles, with a penchant for detail we've seen in all his other books.
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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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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 to start. The roots are explained in "Tune In", in only 900 well-written and insightful pages. I can't even begin to imagine what volumes 2 and 3 are going to be like... another 1,800 pages will hopefully be enough space. I for one won't complain if it turns out to be another 18,000 pages, if they're as good as these first 900.
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