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20 January 2014
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My brother visited over Christmas and brought down a couple of boxes of my old junk that had been at my mother's place since around 1990.  I just got around to seeing what is in them.  Among them I found some quirky paperbacks that I totally forgot I ever had:

1)  The John Lennon Story by John Swenson, 1981

2)  The Longest Cocktail Party by Richard DiLello, 1974

3)  The Lennon Tapes by Andy Peebles, 1981

4)  The Beatles in Help by Al Hine, 1965.  This is a novelisation – I can't think of many film novelisations which would be less exciting than this one :)

From their condition it looks like I had scoured one of the local 2nd-hand bookshops in around 1982.  The Help book cost me 20c – maybe that was a week's pay back then??

So, are the covers in good enough condition for ya? ahdn_paul_02a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

Not really – probably why I left them there in the first place :)

 

20 January 2014
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The Lennon Tapes is a fantastic and, because of what happened, incredibly sad interview with John. The last really in-depth interview (at over two hours) he gave, it was recorded for BBC radio on 6 December. I know there's at least one interview after (on the morning of the 8th) but it's nowhere near this. The transcript was one of the first books I owned, and listening to the actual interview (which I would recommend if you get the chance), it's hard to reconcile the John so often portrayed by those looking for a pay-day from their version of the Dakota years and the man who seems so open and honest in this interview.

By the time Andy Peebles landed back in London, John was dead.

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20 January 2014
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The Lennon Tapes is a fantastic and, because of what happened, incredibly sad interview with John. The last really in-depth interview (at over two hours) he gave, it was recorded for BBC radio on 6 December. I know there's at least one interview after (on the morning of the 8th) but it's nowhere near this. The transcript was one of the first books I owned, and listening to the actual interview (which I would recommend if you get the chance), it's hard to reconcile the John so often portrayed by those looking for a pay-day from their version of the Dakota years and the man who seems so open and honest in this interview.

By the time Andy Peebles landed back in London, John was dead.

Thanks for that mja.  Since the spiders are still not cooperating in the garage I am yet to find my Lennon Remembers – but I recall that one was mostly bitterness over the Beatles breakup.  I look forward to catching up on Lennon Tapes.

I also vaguely remember the 'house hippy' book as being quite amusing at times.

 

20 January 2014
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I now own A Hard Day's Write by Steve Turner!  Bought it as a week-early present for my birthday. I don't feel a bit silly for buying myself a present! 

It's incredible, really. Amazing writing, a lot of information and wonderful picutres. Worth every cent.

20 January 2014
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I now own A Hard Day's Write by Steve Turner!  Bought it as a week-early present for my birthday. I don't feel a bit silly for buying myself a present! 

It's incredible, really. Amazing writing, a lot of information and wonderful picutres. Worth every cent.

Yes – nice book – unfortunately it has a LOT of typos which drives me crazy.  I sent him an email offering to correct them for the next edition but haven't heard back :)

 

20 January 2014
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trcanberra said

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I now own A Hard Day's Write by Steve Turner!  Bought it as a week-early present for my birthday. I don't feel a bit silly for buying myself a present! 

It's incredible, really. Amazing writing, a lot of information and wonderful picutres. Worth every cent.

Yes – nice book – unfortunately it has a LOT of typos which drives me crazy.  I sent him an email offering to correct them for the next edition but haven't heard back :)

 

Haven't come across any yet, but oh, I can imagine how crazy they would drive me as well!

28 January 2014
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Michael McCartney – Remember: Recollections and Photographs of The Beatles

There's a review of this book at the newest Beatles Blog.

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1 February 2014
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I picked up a used copy of Derek Taylor's It Was Twenty Years Ago Today, about the counter-cultural revolution of 1967. There's really only one chapter of Beatley content. But I've grown increasingly fascinated with accounts and memoirs from around that period, and this looks like a fun trip, so to speak.

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14 February 2014
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Expert Textpert said

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John Lennon: The Life, by Philip Norman

The book with "YES" on the cover that comes in the John Lennon signature box

A collection of the JL Rolling Stone interviews

the book of JL's drawings for/with Sean

The John Lennon Letters

Who Killed John Lennon?

In His Own Write

A Spaniard in the Works

Skywriting By Word of Mouth

Grapefruit (Ono)

John Lennon, Unseen Archives

The Beatles, Unseen Archives

Anthology

The Beatles On the Road (Benson)

Yellow Submarine children's storybook

…I think that's all so far.  That's a lot for only being a professed Beatles fan for 10 months.

 

 

Update:

Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies

The collection of Paul McCartney Rolling Stone interviews

You Never Give Me Your Money

The White Book (Ken Mansfield)

Beatlemania! The Real Story of the Beatles UK Tours

Chant and Be Happy (Hare Krishna book with interviews with John, George and Yoko)

The Beatles' England (a tour guide of important places in Beatle history)

Remembering John Lennon (Life Magazine)

John and Yoko's Playboy interviews

Tune In Deluxe Extended Edition

The Last Days of John Lennon (Fred Seaman)

John Lennon, The New York Years (Bob Gruen)

 

…I've averaged a purchase of 1.7 books a month since May.

I forgot the BBC Archives!

Update:

Inside the Yellow Submarine

The Complete Beatles Chronicle (Lewisohn)

The Beatles Recording Sessions (Lewisohn)

Many Years from Now

John Lennon in My Life (Shotton--just won it on eBay)

Postcards from the Boys (Ringo)

A Hard Day's Write

Instamatic Karma

Here, There and Everywhere (Emerick)

Remembering George Harrison (LIFE books)

Living in the Material World

Acorn (Yoko Ono)

 

…I should have enough to read for a while.

EDIT:  forgot The Beatles in America

 

 

 

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14 February 2014
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I know this is probably blasphemy on here, but do you not get tired of reading all Beatles stuff? I have to have variety or I get a bit bored and don't enjoy it, to be honest.

Good collection though :)

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14 February 2014
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I never get tired of reading about them, and I've got loads of books. I re-read them, too, every few years just to refresh my memory. It's all in the mind, y'know a-hard-days-night-ringo-13a-hard-days-night-george-10

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14 February 2014
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I know this is probably blasphemy on here, but do you not get tired of reading all Beatles stuff? I have to have variety or I get a bit bored and don't enjoy it, to be honest.

Good collection though :)

I haven't gotten tired of it yet.  I may switch back to some religious history/art/theology, or some classical philosophy again at some point soon.  Or I might delve into the three Elvis biographies I bought.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

14 February 2014
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I never get tired of reading about them, and I've got loads of books. I re-read them, too, every few years just to refresh my memory. It's all in the mind, y'know a-hard-days-night-ringo-13a-hard-days-night-george-10

I'm one for re-reading books. People always say to me ''you're reading that one again?'' :D

I can read about them a lot, I just need a break with another genre in between them. I'm the same with all books.

 

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14 February 2014
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Yes, I do get tired of reading the same story over and over again. For me, if I'm going to read another Beatles book, it needs to introduce some new and fresh research, or it needs to be incredibly well-written.

I like to find books that focus on the solo careers. I think that's an area that's been largely un-tapped. While My Guitar Gently Weeps is an amazing book about George's music that focuses primarily on his solo work, although it does have a very nice 30-40 page run down on his Beatle days. But most other books about John, Paul, or George start with their childhood and end up spending 60% of the pages rehashing the Beatles story, and that can get tiresome.

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14 February 2014
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I don't think i've read a book about the Beatles story (ie their career from beginning to end) in a good while, the last Beatles book being Ian Ingle's The Beatles in Hamburg. The good thing about Man On The Run: Paul in the 70's is that it only covers the time up to the split in any real detail, same with Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions 1970 – 2012. Next up its George Bio Behind That Locked Door, tho having said that Revolver: How The Beatles Reimagined Rock 'N' Roll is sitting patiently on my shelf and The Beatles in Scotland is waiting to be collected from the library.

If i do get bored with non-fiction i return to the Sherlock Holmes cases.

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14 February 2014
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[snip] and The Beatles in Scotland is waiting to be collected from the library.

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14 February 2014
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Just got here: the unofficial official book of the Forum, Into The Sky With Diamonds. Looks great, reading it as soon as I'm done with Tune In. Which is soon, only 100 pages left!

Just opened it, this place gets a shoutout in the acknowledgements! 

 

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The first book I believe I owned is a magazine with the Beatles For Sale #2 EP cover as the magazine cover.  Soon afterwards there was a copy of A Hard Day's Write on one of the book racks in the school desks, so I took it a-hard-days-night-ringo-6 Recently I bought Mark Lewison's Recording Sessions book, and just a week ago I bought Life's magazine on the beatles arrival in America. 

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20 February 2014
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Despite my books-to-read pile threatening to topple over was in Glasgow on Tuesday and bought Beatlemania!: The Real Story of The Beatles UK Tour as it was heavily discounted. God knows when i'll get around to reading it. 

There was also a hardback book about the Beatles years (forget the name but it had a red cover). Opened it up on the chapter about John's killing and it reporting how 3 fans committed suicide after his death. Such charming first snippet to read that i put it back. a-hard-days-night-paul-3

 

Also found a Beatles DVD that noted in its content the Budokan Concerts yet written in small print was the note that it featured no footage or audio from any Beatles performances. How the hell does that work?

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Biographies:

Philip Norman: Shout!

Igloobooks (no author mentioned): The Beatles (some random little book I found summing up the Beatles' career… Not my go to for best info)

Reference books:

Mark Lewisohn: The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions

Maxwell Nackenzie: The Beatles Every Little Thing (Beatles fact book)

Magazines:

Rolling Stone: The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs

People: Celebrating Beatlemania (the new 50 year anniversary one)

Rolling Stone: Paul McCartney

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