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Best Beatles Book?
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A Fiendish Thingy
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I don't really have a favorite, so I'll just list a bunch, okay? Okay. a-hard-days-night-george-9

 

I loved "Behind Sad Eyes: The Life of George Harrison" by Marc Shapiro… the title is a little dramatic, but then again, so is the book; it made me cry.a-hard-days-night-ringo-6 (If you're a hard-core George fan, I recommend you read his autobiography, "I Me Mine" a-hard-days-night-george-6The pictures in there are great!)

A good Paul one is "McCartney" by Chris Salewicz, it's super in-depth and also made me cry.

I haven't read any Ringo books besides the one I'm reading currently, called "Ringo Starr: Straight Man or Joker?" and it seems okay so far. It's more of a reference book than one that you can really get into, you know?

I also enjoyed "Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles" by Geoff Emerick, a sound engineer. It makes you feel like he's your grandpa, just telling you stories 'bout the good ol' days. a-hard-days-night-ringo-9

A super recommendable one, if you're really familiar with the Beatles' discography (which you probably are, considering the website you just posted on a-hard-days-night-paul-11) is "The Beatles and Philosophy" edited by Baur & Baur. It analyzes their songs as though the Beatles were philosophers, and it's incredibly entertaining. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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Revolution in the Head by Ian McDonald is my favourite Beatles book. Just excellent journalism, summing up every single Beatles recording as well as reporting on the cultural Revolution of the Sixties and the Beatles role in it. A must-have, in my opinion.

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Personally the best one I have read so far is "Ticket To Ride: Inside the Beatles' 1964 Tour that Changed the World" by Larry Kane. It's chock full of information on the American tours in 1964, 1965, and some about the shooting of Help! in the Bahamas. It's really given me a lot of great insight into what the tours are like and what went on during them. I love how in depth it is, because the author was actually there. But it does have some mature content, so beware if you aren't really good with that kind of stuff.

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A Fiendish Thingy said:

 

I loved "Behind Sad Eyes: The Life of George Harrison" by Marc Shapiro… the title is a little dramatic, but then again, so is the book; it made me cry.a-hard-days-night-ringo-6 (If you're a hard-core George fan, I recommend you read his autobiography, "I Me Mine" a-hard-days-night-george-6The pictures in there are great!)

 


I just got Behind Sad Eyes in the mail today! Super excited 
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7 February 2011
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I'm wondering what the title means - is "behind sad eyes" a George Harrison lyric?

It sounds like it's playing off Pete Townshend's "Behind Blue Eyes" for reasons I can't imagine. And wasn't Ringo the one with the saddest eyes, anyways?

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

7 February 2011
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I started reading the Sputz book but had to stop because of classes but I read "You Never Give Me Your Money" which is a great book about the post-Beatles. I haven't read about them individually.

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28 May 2011
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JFKin60
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MotherNaturesDaughter said:

Personally the best one I have read so far is "Ticket To Ride: Inside the Beatles' 1964 Tour that Changed the World" by Larry Kane. It's chock full of information on the American tours in 1964, 1965, and some about the shooting of Help! in the Bahamas. It's really given me a lot of great insight into what the tours are like and what went on during them. I love how in depth it is, because the author was actually there. But it does have some mature content, so beware if you aren't really good with that kind of stuff.

Wow...No disrespect, but this is the one book I tell everyone NOT to read...

Kane repeats himself so often in this book and comes off like some kiddy fan to me.

You have a great screen name though!

"If George Harrison can have a triple album, why can't I have a double album?"–Yoko Ono
28 May 2011
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And yet you like Here There And Everywhere by Emerick? That reeks of hypocrisy, as Emerick was very kiddish and so Anti George!!!

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I hit a few good ones of late:

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Fab by Howard Sounds -- a good bio of Macca and objective (doesn't think much of Macca's post-Beatles output, but who does?)

The Beatles: Off the Record by Keith Badman -- an exhaustive record of quotes by Beatles and associates in chronological order.

John Lennon: The Life by Phillip Norman -- The best Lennon bio I've read.

Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America by Jonathan Gould -- excellent group and cultural bio.  Far better than the Spitz bio

You Never Give Me Your Money by Peter Doggett -- I never figured a corporate bio would be that interesting; however, it's a fascinating insight into one of the major reasons why the band broke up and the acrimony between Paul and the others that made up much of the post-Beatle era.

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