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Harrison was recruited to play on Imagine in early 1971. John obviously wasn't jealous.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

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It does seem that there was a little friction between George and John when All Things Must Pass was released.    An interviewer at the time asked John what he thought of it and he said something like "it's fine -- a little long, though" -- and some years later, George said that John was "very negative" when All Things Must Pass came out.  But obviously they managed to patch things up in time for John's IMAGINE album, where George plays that deliciously sinister slide guitar part on "How Do You Sleep?", and plays on several other tracks too.   John was a very mercurial fellow, and very competitive too.

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Philip Norman's Lennon bio touches on John being dimissive of George's ATMP album in his interviews when it came out, while privately being quite jealous that it was so successful and praised. I tend to believe that. In retrospect, it's funny how much animosity George harborded toward Paul to his dying day, while he only really fell out with John toward the end of John's life. John is the one who bailed on nearly all of the sessions for George's songs, while Paul worked with him, and Paul was much kinder toward Yoko (at least initially) while George was pretty mean to her from the very beginning. Interesting goings-on behind the scenes!

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DrBeatle said

 it's funny how much animosity George harborded toward Paul to his dying day,

After reading this interview with George, I don't believe that to be the case. The only indication of any kind of tension towards the end I've found was a disagreement over how to publish the Anthology book (George wanted to go with a pricey, leather bound edition the way I, Me, Mine was originally published and Paul balked at that being a vegetarian). But other than that, it seems that George had buried the hatchet. And of course, Paul visited him in the hospital during his last days. I believe the house where George passed away was one that Paul once rented and now owns.

As others have said, if you think of their relationship as one of brothers, I think it's easier to understand the dynamic - the conflicts as well as the love between them. But I haven't seen evidence that George hadn't forgiven Paul for the past.

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GAH!

Just checked the website of my local library and they don't have You Never Give Me Your Money (and not in other locations either. My library can just order books from other locations)

I was quite surprised to learn my local one only owns a few Beatles books. They don't have the one I just mentioned, nor any of Lewisohn's books. They do have all these crappy half arsed biographies and novels which were named after songs such as Yesterday and some book called Walrusblood and stuff like that. DAFUQ. They also had a book on Rory Storm and a book called ''Mommy who are the Beatles?'', with which you can teach your kids everything about them. Their selection kinda surprises me.

I was also surprised to see they had a bio on Ringo, which you don't often see. I'd like to read one, as he is the one I know the least about I think, but I checked some reviews and they told me it was poorly written. Such a shame! He deserves a proper biography.

They did have ''John'' by Cynthia though, which is good because I wanted to read it and there was some book about the recordingsessions of the White Album, which I don't know much about.

Has anyone read Shout! by Philip Norman? I'm reading reviews right now, but they're very mixed, which I haven't really seen before on Beatles books. They were either great or crap. And I remember reading something about Revolution in the head in this thread, was it good?

So what else are good books about them? I'd like books which also talk about them individually for a bit. 

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Linde said
So what else are good books about them? I'd like books which also talk about them individually for a bit.

I'm on winter break from school, so I've been catching up on a number of Beatle books from my own local library. The ones I like, besides Many Years from Now and Hunter Davies' book are:

McCartney: Yesterday & Today by Ray Coleman a bio on Paul but told through the journey of "Yesterday" as a culture phenomenon. It's an odd angle, but it's done very well, and had Paul's cooperation. It covers the Michael Jackson rift.

John, Paul, George, Ringo & Me by Tony Barrow - written by the Beatles' press officer. I wouldn't say there's necessarily info you can't find elsewhere, but it gives an insider's view with personal anecdotes in a way that isn't sensationalistic.

Loving John - May Pang's book. Another book that's written without sensationalism. I like her writing style. But the stories of abuse she suffered at John's hand are harrowing and grim.

Instamatic Karma - not a bio, but a great book of photographs of John by May in which she tells the stories behind the pics.

I'm also reading Howard Sounes' book on Paul, but I don't recommend it. I think the author often comes across silly and dismissive. The only thing going for it is that it was published in 2010, so it covers more of Paul's recent life.

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