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Best Beatles Book?
7 June 2012
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meanmistermustard said

Am really enjoying You Never Give Me Your Money at the moment. A fab book.

 

    

 

    Thanks for posting about this book, I had never heard of it. I am going to the shop first thing tommorow to get it!heart

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Pretty much alll the books listed in this thread are worth a read.

If you're a Beatle fan, you won't mind reading a few of them. I've read dozens; it's fascinating to read the same story from all the different vantage points

In fact, one rationale for writing Into the Sky was to collect the very best parts of each book. You get all the juiciest stories in one read (+ the context of the 60s, etc...)

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8 June 2012
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Speaking of Beatles books...has anyone heard anything definitive on the release of Lewisohn's book?

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The only information i can find online is Autumn 2012 but thats from last August, couldnt find anything up to date.

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The last time I spoke to the publishers (admittedly over a year ago) it had been put on hold with no release date. I'd love to hear something new. Hopefully it keeps getting delayed because he's always stumbling on new and deeper treasure troves of information to share with us all.

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Ohhh...that kind of sucks. I did watch an interview with him that said fall 2012, but that was a long time ago, and I'm sure you've seen the same interview.

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Its been mentioned a few times on here that John C Winn's Beatles Recorded Legacy books are excellent and more up to date than Lewisohns Chronicles and Recording Sessions. Well Lifting Latches, the third volume, has recently been made available after 4 years of being out of print tho only available as a pdf download. Have only had it for a couple of days but looks to be a fantastic addition to the set.

 

If anyone has been wanting this but unable to get a copy then you can order it here, just scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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Really? Wow, thanks very much for the info. I've been looking for a paper copy for ages - I guess the pdf will have to do.

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paulsbass said

meanmistermustard said
Its been mentioned a few times on here that John C Winn's Beatles Recorded Legacy books are excellent and more up to date than Lewisohns Chronicles and Recording Sessions. Well Lifting Latches, the third volume, has recently been made available after 4 years of being out of print tho only available as a pdf download. Have only had it for a couple of days but looks to be a fantastic addition to the set.

 

So what does HE say about a certain part of "A Day In The Life"??

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paulsbass said

meanmistermustard said
Its been mentioned a few times on here that John C Winn's Beatles Recorded Legacy books are excellent and more up to date than Lewisohns Chronicles and Recording Sessions. Well Lifting Latches, the third volume, has recently been made available after 4 years of being out of print tho only available as a pdf download. Have only had it for a couple of days but looks to be a fantastic addition to the set.

 

So what does HE say about a certain part of "A Day In The Life"??

 

He said it was Ringo's idea whilst playing chess (no he didnt).

 

Joe, i printed it out and stuck it in a folder so its like having it as a book. Im not a fan of pdfs, would rather be able to turn a page not slide my finger to the right or left of the screen. It comes password protected and the download has an expiry date. 

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Quick tip: if you're a Mac user, open the file in Preview (the default for pdfs), then resave it. It should then lose its password protection. I did it with the Doug Sulpy/Let It Be sessions book (it saves me remembering the password in years to come).

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I am going on hoilday tommorow (yipee!)(but I won´t be able to post on here :( ). Anyway,  I´ve got a couple of Beatles-related books that I´ve bought recently and not read yet so I´m trying to decide which one to take with me:

 

- Many Years From Now, unbelieveably, I bought this book about two months ago and I have not had time to read it yet because of stupid exams a-hard-days-night-paul-11

-You Never Give Me Your Money, found out about this book after meanmistermustard posted about it. Really want to read it. Soon.

-Please Please Me

 

Today I read Lennon Remembers, good book although at times the title Lennon Doesn´t Remember would be more apt.

 

So, which one should I take to read? Desicions, desicions.

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You Never Give Me Your Money is a very good book, and there are a lot of things in it that aren't in every other Beatles book. Many Years From NOw is also good, but there are a few Parts that drag. I would take YNGMYM.

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My favourite beatles book is a german book called "Von GET BACK zu LET IT BE: Der Anfang vom Ende der Beatles", which means "from get back to let it be: the beginning of the beatles' end", by friedhelm rathjen, which tells about every day during the get back sessions and says: this recording was used in the film, this on naked, this on let it be, this on get back, this on anthology and it also tells about the mixing and compiling of get back, let it be, Anthology 3 and naked. It is really interesting and if a english translation existed, I would prefer it to everyone here. Chronicles by lewissohn is also very nice and definitely my second favourite one, then revolution in the head by macdonald and then anthology by all the beatles

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fabfouremily said
I am going on hoilday tommorow (yipee!)(but I won´t be able to post on here :( ). Anyway,  I´ve got a couple of Beatles-related books that I´ve bought recently and not read yet so I´m trying to decide which one to take with me:

 

- Many Years From Now, unbelieveably, I bought this book about two months ago and I have not had time to read it yet because of stupid exams a-hard-days-night-paul-11

-You Never Give Me Your Money, found out about this book after meanmistermustard posted about it. Really want to read it. Soon.

-Please Please Me

 

Today I read Lennon Remembers, good book although at times the title Lennon Doesn´t Remember would be more apt.

 

So, which one should I take to read? Desicions, desicions.

Many Years From Now is unashamedly Paul-centric and often comes across as an attempt to convince everyone Paul is just as "hip" as John, but it does shed some great light on the nature of the Lennon-McCartney work partnership and the musical and lyrical genesis of tons of McCartney tunes, from the mouth of the man himself. Of the Beatle books I've read I think I learned most from MYFN  so I'd recommend that.

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I think "Many Years From Now" is a very good read.  I've always been more of a Lennon fan than McCartney fan -- and this book certainly gives you a McCartney's-eye-view of The Beatles' work.   But as long as you understand that going in, then I think it's fine.   I don't necessarily accept it as "the way it all happened", but only as how Paul remembers it.    It's always interesting to me to get a first-person take on things, especially when it's the music of The Beatles. It does bother me, though, when books like this end up being quoted in other books or magazine articles as "fact", rather than just one man's point of view ("Paul was really the avante-garde one, not John" reported a magazine I read recently, based solely on what Paul said in this book).

And another thing I didn't like was how it seemed to either skip over most of George Harrison's contributions to Beatles' albums or only mention them in passing.   But then, a lot of books seem to gloss over George's role in The Beatles, as well as misrepresent his character. 

Speaking of Harrison, someone mentioned earlier in this thread a George-bio called "Behind Sad Eyes" by Marc Shapiro.  I've read it -- and it's interesting -- but I wouldn't call it one of the better books out there, and I don't know how reliable it is.   For one thing, it claims John was jealous of George's intial solo success because, while ALL THINGS MUST PASS was a mega-hit, John released an experimental album called PRIMAL SCREAMS which received poor reviews and didn't sell well.   Does anyone remember a Lennon album called PRIMAL SCREAMS??    I'm guessing we're talking about JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND, which actually received very favourable reviews (although it's true that George's triple album was a bigger hit).    The book does contain an interesting interview with Delaney Bramlett, who claims to have written or at least co-written "My Sweet Lord". 

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IMDeWalrus said
I think "Many Years From Now" is a very good read.  I've always been more of a Lennon fan than McCartney fan -- and this book certainly gives you a McCartney's-eye-view of The Beatles' work.   But as long as you understand that going in, then I think it's fine.   I don't necessarily accept it as "the way it all happened", but only as how Paul remembers it.    It's always interesting to me to get a first-person take on things, especially when it's the music of The Beatles. It does bother me, though, when books like this end up being quoted in other books or magazine articles as "fact", rather than just one man's point of view ("Paul was really the avante-garde one, not John" reported a magazine I read recently, based solely on what Paul said in this book).

And another thing I didn't like was how it seemed to either skip over most of George Harrison's contributions to Beatles' albums or only mention them in passing.   But then, a lot of books seem to gloss over George's role in The Beatles, as well as misrepresent his character. 

Speaking of Harrison, someone mentioned earlier in this thread a George-bio called "Behind Sad Eyes" by Marc Shapiro.  I've read it -- and it's interesting -- but I wouldn't call it one of the better books out there, and I don't know how reliable it is.   For one thing, it claims John was jealous of George's intial solo success because, while ALL THINGS MUST PASS was a mega-hit, John released an experimental album called PRIMAL SCREAMS which received poor reviews and didn't sell well.   Does anyone remember a Lennon album called PRIMAL SCREAMS??    I'm guessing we're talking about JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND, which actually received very favourable reviews (although it's true that George's triple album was a bigger hit).    The book does contain an interesting interview with Delaney Bramlett, who claims to have written or at least co-written "My Sweet Lord". 

John jealous of George? Well that's a new one.

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I agree - if you keep in mind the source, "Many Years From Now" is a good read (you'll find the highlights in Into the Sky...). I found it interesting that McCartney takes credit for the melody of "In My Life." Of course, he may be 100% right.

If you then consider the songs that were true Lennon-McC, collaborations (there's an idea for a thread), "In My Life" would be somewhere near the top, no? (along with A Day In The Life, We Can Work It Out, She Loves You, etc...)

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If John was jealous of George then surely he would have been of Ringo too since Ritchies solo career initially did better than John's chart-wise. John was the last former beatle to get a number #1 in the US for a start. However he was very pleased for Ringo so i would think he would have been for George as well, however there would have been rivalry with Paul.

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