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Beatles Book Reviews on my Blog
10 September 2013
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Just what the title said. I'm going through my collection and reading and re-reading books, and I've begun reviewing them on my blog. Here are the latest ones:

 

http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....ter.html  (not really a review, just a little blurb and picture...I'll get to a proper review at a later date)

 

http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....-read.html (reviews of 2 books)

 

Hope whoever reads these enjoys them!

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10 September 2013
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Interesting and enjoyable read the second link Dr but the first link comes with a message saying

Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist.

Anyhoo it's been bookmarked and I hope to read the rest of your reviews as they come.

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10 September 2013
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meanmistermustard said
Interesting and enjoyable read the second link Dr but the first link comes with a message saying

Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist.

Anyhoo it's been bookmarked and I hope to read the rest of your reviews as they come.

Weird! Here it is again: http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....riter.html

 

I just went to the page and it's still there so it should work...very strange!

 

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11 September 2013
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I look forward to reading these, DrBeatle!

parlance

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11 September 2013
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parlance said
I look forward to reading these, DrBeatle!

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Let me know what you think when you do! Of the batch, the most enjoyable were the first two John books.

 

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25 September 2013
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An update: I've gotten advance copies of a few more Beatles-related books sent to me for review on my website. I've got a lot of reading ahead of me, but I can think of worse problems to have! I hope you'll enjoy reading these reviews once I'm finished.

 

http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....n-tap.html

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19 October 2013
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Man On the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s: http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....rtney.html

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29 October 2013
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I've got a couple more new Beatles books coming my way from the publishers for review, I'll let you know how they are. Already started the first one:

http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2013/10/ ... -list.html
http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com/2013/10/ ... -pile.html

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4 November 2013
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8 November 2013
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The Beatles in 100 Objects: http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....jects.html

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8 November 2013
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Hi DrBeatle. I'm not sure we need a new thread for every book review, so I've rolled some into a single thread. Please treat this as a discussion forum rather than a place to promote content (or use Pimp My Stuff for the latter).

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8 November 2013
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You got it, Joe, sorry! I didn't mean to pimp any content, just share my reviews and either let people know a book is good or if it's bad, not to waste their money. My bad! :oops:

I'll keep it on this thread from now on. :D

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11 November 2013
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Thanks Drew. It's not a problem. Btw, your thread titles got lost when I moved some of the posts, so the links are here without context (ie what the book reviews are of). Sorry about that.

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11 November 2013
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No worries, Joe. And I went back and put the title next to the appropriate link, trying to make it a bit easier.

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25 November 2013
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I've just published my review of the new George bio, "Behind the Locked Door:" http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....ehind.html

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4 December 2013
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The Beatles Day By Day: The Sixties As They Happened

 

http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....xties.html

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4 December 2013
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Nice reviews there, DrBeatle. Will have to check out the Harrison bio. The Day By Day book seems to have some similarities with Into the Sky with Diamonds.

I had to chuckle at your comments on typos in the Beatles Day By Day book. Speaking from experience, typos are equally excruciating to the author.

Analyzing the source of typos is a revealing experience:

Some are truly typos and are purely the result of suboptimal proofreading, as in writing Dob Dylan instead of Bob Dylan. 

Many typos though are flat out mistakes.

So why are there mistakes?

- An editor may not be a super expert in the subject. He or she may pick up spelling and grammar mistakes, but not factual errors. (Not every Beatle author has the luxury of having mja6758 give the book a once-over.)

- An author writing  about 1000 facts will double check the 950 facts he's not 100% sure about, but will rely on his/her memory for the 50 others. Could be an error in there...

- Inadequate research. It may be hard to apply the word 'inadequate' to someone who's spent 5000 hours researching a book - but perhaps the subject matter required 5100 hours.

- It's become so easy to move text around that an author can easily cut and paste himself into an anachronism.

- Conflicting sources. Whom do you believe? Does majority rule? I initially had the Beatles arriving in Hamburg the day JFK was killed. I didn't dream that up; I got that from a source - but the source was wrong. 

- "Reliable" sources aren't always 100% reliable. In his Howard Stern interview a few weeks ago, McCartney placed Revolver before Rubber Soul. Don't you think he'd know??? Of course. It was a slip of the tongue, a senior moment. The point is that people who 'were there' don't necessarily remember accurately.

P.S. this post has not been reviewed by an independent proofreader. 

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4 December 2013
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Ron, I hear you! For both of my books, typos drove me mad, especially since I did EVERYTHING myself (write, proof, publish, etc). I made sure my 2nd book had none...even after going after my first book over 20 times, I still caught some after it was for sale!

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4 December 2013
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What are books you've written DrB? 

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I know he wrote a live history of Blur as he mentioned it on here one time. I can't remember what it's called though.

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