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27 July 2013
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Joe said
You've got a good library there.

Thanks !  I'm really fascinated by almost every aspect of the story and pretty much each book has it's merits.

Downside is that most of the times you have to go through a lot of chapters before learning anything new, but I'm sure I'm not the only one there.

Another frustrating thing regarding the 'insider-accounts' is when stories contradict each other.  But I really like to revisit certain years, especially 1966 and onwards. 

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27 July 2013
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Linde said
That person owns pretty much every Beatles related book I still want to read. Except for the Lewisohn ones.

Thanks !   Most of them I really recommend, whereas some of them aren't really that good.  It kind of depends on your basic knowledge and the areas you're interested in. According to Amazon, (some of the) Lewisohn standards are coming back (BTW  ik kom uit Nederland).

 

 

 

 

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2 August 2013
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I know what you mean about ploughing through books to find new information. I would say nowadays about 95% of anything I read seems to go over old ground, and the rest is stuff I didn't know before. It's understandable though - people have to put things into context, and books would be very short if they only contained previously-unpublished info.

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2 August 2013
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Joe said, "I know what you mean about ploughing through books to find new information. I would say nowadays about 95% of anything I read seems to go over old ground ... It's understandable though  ... books would be very short if they only contained previously-unpublished info."

I agree 100%. I'm guessing that's why some authors have chosen to combine the Beatles with some other fascinating aspect of the 60s... .)

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2 August 2013
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Savile Row said

Linde said
That person owns pretty much every Beatles related book I still want to read. Except for the Lewisohn ones.

Thanks !   Most of them I really recommend, whereas some of them aren't really that good.  It kind of depends on your basic knowledge and the areas you're interested in. According to Amazon, (some of the) Lewisohn standards are coming back (BTW  ik kom uit Nederland).

 

Oh hee vet! Nu ben ik niet meer de enige haha!  

 

 

 

30 August 2013
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I only have a couple so far, but like them a lot:

Roy Carr and Tony Tyler - The Beatles: An Illustrated Record (a softcover the size and shape of an LP).  I have had this for ages, and while I don't agree with some of their opinions, they are always entertaining and have a good summary of releases up to late 1974.

Tim Hill - The Beatles: Then There Was Music.  A recent purchase as I have just got back to the lads after way too long a break.  This is a nice hardback with lots of great photos, some decent timelines, pics of memorabilia and the like.  A few too many typos for my liking but pretty good otherwise.

2 September 2013
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Reading this thread makes me want to just run out right now and buy every single Beatles book I've ever and never read :)

My local libraries have pretty good Beatles collections so I generally get my fix from there. But some day (some day) when I get a bigger apartment, I'm probably gonna buy all those Beatles books I've already read (and enjoyed). It'll be nice to tag all the pages I liked (nerdy, I know). Plus, most of them have such lovely covers and spines.

Here's what I have at the moment (but I've not read them all):

1. In His Own Write / A Spaniard in the Works - John Lennon

2. Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties - Ian McDonald

3. A Hard Day's Write - Steve Turner

4. The John Lennon Letters - Hunter Davies

5. With the Beatles - Alistair Taylor

6. Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles - Geoff Emerick (I borrowed this from the library, but loved it so much I ordered another copy online.)

Ok, there goes my first post here. And I talked about books instead of their records! Hmmm...

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3 September 2013
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I just finished reading John's "Skywriting by Word of Mouth" for the first time in ages. Some really funny bits in there, and a nice little (if not sanitized by John himself) autobio mini-novella, but on the whole not quite as satisfying as his first 2 books. Now reading George's "I Me Mine." After that, will probably re-read some other Beatle books from my collection while awaiting the Lewisohn and Howlett books. Also intend to pick up Tom Doyle's book "Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s."

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Well, actually my library owns this book. I searched for it in the forum search box and didn't get any results. Has anyone read the Cambridge Companion to The Beatles which is  edited by Kenneth Womack? If so, do you have opinions about it?

10 September 2013
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Steve Turner - A Hard Day's Write

Yay, so happy, the purchase of this book has increased my Beatles library by 50% (from 2 to 3 books lol)  :)

It is the revised 2012 edition and looks like it will answer lots of questions I have had for many years about some of the songs.

10 September 2013
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trcanberra said
Steve Turner - A Hard Day's Write

Yay, so happy, the purchase of this book has increased my Beatles library by 50% (from 2 to 3 books lol)  :)

It is the revised 2012 edition and looks like it will answer lots of questions I have had for many years about some of the songs.

It's a very good book trcanberra, i'm sure you'll get so much out of it. One of my first Beatle books (not the revised edition) and I read it over and over for ages taking it everywhere with me. Great additiona-hard-days-night-paul-5.

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10 September 2013
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I finally started buying used copies of the "keeper" books so I don't have to keep checking them out at the library. So far I got:

Many Years from Now
Nishi F. Saimaru's The John Lennon Family Album
Cynthia Lennon's John

Not at the library, but also:

Barry Miles' In the Sixties

And I bought a few books I hadn't intended to get, but they cost between $2-$5 so I figured, what the heck:

Skywriting by Word of Mouth
The Longest Cocktail Party
Cynthia's A Twist of Lennon
Ray Coleman's Lennon bio
Apple to the Core

As I'm currently taking a class on the History of Rock, I think my next purchase will be Revolution in the Head. Eventually, I'd like to get Tony Barrow's book, as I enjoyed that one more than most of the "insider" memoirs.

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10 September 2013
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meanmistermustard said

trcanberra said
Steve Turner - A Hard Day's Write

[SNIP]

It's a very good book trcanberra, i'm sure you'll get so much out of it. One of my first Beatle books (not the revised edition) and I read it over and over for ages taking it everywhere with me. Great additiona-hard-days-night-paul-5.

Thanks for that - makes me feel even better.  I am 'between jobs' at the moment so 'hummed and hahed' over it for an hour or so but took the plunge on the plastic as it was about A$10 below what it might have been given the pound to dollar conversion rate (cost me A$35 for the hardcover with a cover price of 25 quid).

[EDIT] OK - loving the book, but who edits / proofs these things nowadays?  Brian Epstein died in 1962??

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Brain achieved quite a lot after being dead if he died in 1962. Not many dead bodies go around the world, write a book, sign artists to a record label, record interviews, meet Elvis and Bob Dylan, and everything else.brian-epsteinapple01

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Does Turner go on to lay out a conspiracy theory as to whose body was found in 1967? RIP Brian.

10 September 2013
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^  and ^^

Must be linked to the death of Paul around then :)

 

The more of the book I read, the more the poor proofing is annoying me (though as noted I love the book itself) - I have sent the publishers an email offering to help fix their next edition.

10 September 2013
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The more of the book I read, the more the poor proofing is annoying me (though as noted I love the book itself) - I have sent the publishers an email offering to help fix their next edition.

That would be so cool. I hope it happens!

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I don't remember it being so bad cbatcu. Maybe it helps that it was early on in my beatleworld.

Reading books with basic errors in spelling, dates, details, whatever has to be one of the most annoying things, it just makes you want to stop and read something else.

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meanmistermustard said
I don't remember it being so bad cbatcu. Maybe it helps that it was early on in my beatleworld.

Reading books with basic errors in spelling, dates, details, whatever has to be one of the most annoying things, it just makes you want to stop and read something else.

I was just thinking it would be cool if trcanberra's name was on the new edition, and we could all say, "Yeah, we knew him when...".

And on the topic of spelling errors, I am fanatical about all the records in my library catalog being spelled correctly. I even give a spelling test to the people who apply to be my assistant cataloger. I have had adults flip out when I told them during the interview that they had to take a spelling test. However, I have realized over the years that the people who can spell well enjoy the job more.

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I'm hoping to get some books ordered tomorrow so here's what I (hope) to get if mam lets me get them all

All the Beatles related books:

John, Paul, George, Ringo and Me: The Real Beatles Story- Tony Barrow

Here Comes The Sun- Joshua M. Greene

Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story of Handmade films- Robert Sellers

Let Me Take You Down- Jack Jones

Who Were The Beatles- Geoff Edgers (for my cousin Siobhan who's only 6 and keeps on pestering me to get a book on the lads that I can read to her)

 

Beatle-esque CDs

Paul McCartney in his Own Words (collection of interviews by the BBC)

John Lennon in his Own Words

Now all they have to do is release a George/Ringo one....

 

Other books I'm getting:

Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishiguro

A Clockwork Orange- Anthony Burgess

Norwegian Wood- Haruki Murakami

Also got thefearofmissingout by thenewno2 on Thursday and You Are Here by thenewno2 should be here sometime next week :)

 

 

 

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