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Beatles Book Reviews on my Blog
4 December 2013
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Oh, yeah of course. It comes back to mind now you mention it maj that it went down really well with everyone including the band themselves. 

I wonder if this is it having done a bit of snooping on the net (ie some dodgy guessing and a look on his blog): Black Book: The Live History of Blur. I love how generous Amazon are with that book, 1 whole percent off (i know it has nothing to do with the author).

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5 December 2013
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Yes, those are my books…2 editions (2nd one is more updated, revised, better formatting, etc). And yes, I have nothing to do with Amazon slashing the prices! :lol:

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16 December 2013
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Just realized I never shared this link out! My review of Tony Bramwell's "Magical Mystery Tours"

http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com…..-life.html

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I see that there's now a different cover. This was the original cover of Magical Mystery Tours.

I have no idea why McCartney's picture would be from a different era. Anyone have any thoughts?

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18 December 2013
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
I see that there's now a different cover. This was the original cover of Magical Mystery Tours.

I have no idea why McCartney's picture would be from a different era. Anyone have any thoughts?

Someone said we need a picture of Paul for the cover and that was the first one they came across?

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18 December 2013
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Into the Sky with Diamonds said
I see that there's now a different cover. This was the original cover of Magical Mystery Tours.

I have no idea why McCartney's picture would be from a different era. Anyone have any thoughts?

The pic you show is the US version, I've got the UK version of the book. Still, I agree it's weird they slapped in older Paul with younger J, G, and R!

 

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18 December 2013
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Although the difference isn't quite so alarming, the image of George is from a few years before those of R and J, too. Just makes it look like they haven't bothered very much, which puts me right off.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

30 December 2013
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fabfouremily said
Although the difference isn't quite so alarming, the image of George is from a few years before those of R and J, too. Just makes it look like they haven't bothered very much, which puts me right off.

Agreed. I prefer the UK cover, I'm glad that's the one I have :)

 

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1 January 2014
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Here's my review of Northern Songs: The True Story of the Beatles' Song Publishing Empire. Definitely worth reading for the hardcore fan. http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com…..story.html

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1 January 2014
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Although the details are particular to the Beatles and to that era, I'm guessing that the intrigues, ruthlessness, etc… still provide lessons applicable to any budding musician today.

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2 January 2014
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Definitely. Basically, OWN ALL OF YOUR OWN PUBLISHING! Hell, Paul and John learned their lessons by the early 70s. Still, it's a shame they were taken advantage of so ruthlessly.

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8 January 2014
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Here's my review of the new book "Paul McCartney Recording Sessions 1969-2013." An excellent book!

http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com…..rding.html

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8 January 2014
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Totally agree with your review Doc. The book has made me go back and listen to Ram, which i now like more than before, and Red Rose Speedway (not got that far tho in the book), which i still find to be almost total fluff – the love folks have for Little Lamb Dragonfly i will never understand. Am even willing to re-listen to Press To Play.a-hard-days-night-paul-7

Am reading "Man on the Run: Paul in the 70's" as well which fills in a lot of the information that "Paul McCartney Recording Sessions 1969-2013." skims over so. Just need someone to write a book about Paul from the 80's onwards now.

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8 January 2014
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^Man on the Run is another fab book (have you read my review of that? It's on my site, too :) ). I'm with you, every time I read about songs in the Paul sessions book, it made me want to dig out the album to play. For me, I am least familiar with his stuff from Pipes of Peace to Off the Ground…I've heard it all but apart from the songs I REALLY like, I usually don't pay too much attention, but it's made me go back and reappraise it, which is great.  Glad you're digging the book, I think Luca did a great job with it.

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8 January 2014
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DrBeatle said
^Man on the Run is another fab book (have you read my review of that? It's on my site, too :) ). I'm with you, every time I read about songs in the Paul sessions book, it made me want to dig out the album to play. For me, I am least familiar with his stuff from Pipes of Peace to Off the Ground…I've heard it all but apart from the songs I REALLY like, I usually don't pay too much attention, but it's made me go back and reappraise it, which is great.  Glad you're digging the book, I think Luca did a great job with it.

Yip. Read your review of that too, I have your blog saved as one of my favourites. It's nice to have a review where you know the person is a fan and being honest instead of a somebody who could, for all i know, have other reasons for either liking or disliking the book. 

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8 January 2014
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Aw, well thank you! That Means A Lot to me, honestly! :D

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12 January 2014
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DrBeatle said
Here's my review of the new book "Paul McCartney Recording Sessions 1969-2013." An excellent book!

http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com…..rding.html

 

Thanks so much Drew and keep up the great work you're doing with your blog. In depth analysis of books are always fascinating to read.

Luca

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The solo McCartney recording sessions finally in a book!

22 January 2014
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I'm currently reading the new book The Beatles Who Vanished…Jim Berkenstadt himself sent it to me (and was nice enough to autograph it for me!). So far I'm REALLY enjoying it (my review will follow after). Anyone here read it?

 

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27 January 2014
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And here it is, my review of The Beatle Who Vanished: http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com…..ed_27.html

 

I *really* enjoyed this book! I highly recommend it. Anyone else here read it? What did you think?

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27 January 2014
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Great title for a book.

Too bad he didn't keep a diary or provide the world with insights into rehearsals, a peak into song writing, etc…

Paul's semi- autobiography was good. George's "I Me Mine" wasn't terribly insightful. There's still time for Ringo…

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