Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years Hardcover – Oct 29 2013
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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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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.
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 ›
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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It's as thorough as I have ever read on the subject without being a fly on the wall.Published 1 month ago by CLB
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 9 months ago by John Tanner
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 12 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 15 months ago by Michael McCracken
What a gorgeous book...I am savouring every word...highly recommended.Published 15 months ago by g beak
Absolutely superb book about the Beatles, from birth to the moment when they were ready to emerge on the national stage in the UK. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stanley Alama
After reading umpteen Beatle biographies and as a true Beatles fanatic I didn't expect to learn much new from this book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Percy A. Marshall
This may be the definitive Beatles bio....and i've read quite a lot..Published 23 months ago by Andre Michaud
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