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Best Beatles Book?
23 May 2013
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DrBeatle
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Linde said
Oh the last paragraph is not THAT special and surprising really. 

Yeah…perhaps we oversold it a bit :lol: But it *is* sad when you consider she's pushing 80 and still feels that much regret and resentment. Understandable that she does, but still…it's sad.

 

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5 March 2014
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Just found this on google books – Way Beyond Compare by John C Winn. 

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
5 March 2014
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I've been reading a satire about the Beatles by Mark Shipper called "Paperback Writer," and I've been really enjoying that. It's a total bullsh*t history of the band, but it's quite funny, so if you're someone who's already read the real history of the Beatles a zillion times, this is a fun diversion. For instance, in this version, Paul is already a successful solo artist in Germany when he's asked to join the Beatles, although he is mostly writing showtunes and granny music. :) Brian is a plumber who decides he wants to get into artist management, and he's able to get the Beatles a recording contract by offering to unclog George Martin's kitchen sink – stupid stuff like that. Anyway, I've been enjoying it, having a few laughs.

Not a bit like Cagney.
6 March 2014
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PeterWeatherby said
I've been reading a satire about the Beatles by Mark Shipper called "Paperback Writer," and I've been really enjoying that. It's a total bullsh*t history of the band, but it's quite funny, so if you're someone who's already read the real history of the Beatles a zillion times, this is a fun diversion. For instance, in this version, Paul is already a successful solo artist in Germany when he's asked to join the Beatles, although he is mostly writing showtunes and granny music. :) Brian is a plumber who decides he wants to get into artist management, and he's able to get the Beatles a recording contract by offering to unclog George Martin's kitchen sink – stupid stuff like that. Anyway, I've been enjoying it, having a few laughs.

That stuff bugs me. I can't explain why, but I've always kinda hated book parodies. Most of them are too stupid. You appear to be enjoying it, though, so by all means ignore me.

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6 March 2014
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PeterWeatherby said
I've been reading a satire about the Beatles by Mark Shipper called "Paperback Writer," and I've been really enjoying that. It's a total bullsh*t history of the band, but it's quite funny, so if you're someone who's already read the real history of the Beatles a zillion times, this is a fun diversion. For instance, in this version, Paul is already a successful solo artist in Germany when he's asked to join the Beatles, although he is mostly writing showtunes and granny music. :) Brian is a plumber who decides he wants to get into artist management, and he's able to get the Beatles a recording contract by offering to unclog George Martin's kitchen sink – stupid stuff like that. Anyway, I've been enjoying it, having a few laughs.

I'll have to check this one out. 

The Beatles story has been told so much, it's well known. To get a satirical take is fresh. Just like how The Rutles was a parody.

6 March 2014
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OneCoolCat said

PeterWeatherby said
I've been reading a satire about the Beatles by Mark Shipper called "Paperback Writer," and I've been really enjoying that. It's a total bullsh*t history of the band, but it's quite funny, so if you're someone who's already read the real history of the Beatles a zillion times, this is a fun diversion. For instance, in this version, Paul is already a successful solo artist in Germany when he's asked to join the Beatles, although he is mostly writing showtunes and granny music. :) Brian is a plumber who decides he wants to get into artist management, and he's able to get the Beatles a recording contract by offering to unclog George Martin's kitchen sink – stupid stuff like that. Anyway, I've been enjoying it, having a few laughs.

I'll have to check this one out. 

The Beatles story has been told so much, it's well known. To get a satirical take is fresh. Just like how The Rutles was a parody.

Exactly. I loved The Rutles, so discovering that there was a sort of "book version" of that kind of thing was a thrill.

"And so they found themselves far from home, and far from talented …" :D

(Now that I think of it, the book has a line very much like this. Something along the lines of, "The album stands up just as well today as it did when it was first released, especially if you lean it against a wall.")

Not a bit like Cagney.
7 March 2014
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I've read:

"A Day In The Life: The Music and Artistry of The Beatles" by Mark Hertsgaard

Jonathan Gould's "Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America"

Mark Lewisohn's "Tune In (The Beatles: All These Years #1) U.S. Edition"

Hertsgaard's book examines the music chronologically, album by album (almost song-by-song), where they fit in on the musical landscape.  He examines the songwriting, the arrangements, the studio innovations, etc.  It's factoid stuff and interesting on that level.  It was a decent book.

The meat of Gould's book is Beatlemania.  He attempts to tie together a whole range of social issues that led (or maybe just contributed) to Beatlemania.  It too, was a good book, especially when it would inform/remind the reader of the world's problems at the time (Kennedy's assassination foremost) and how the world's youth responded to them.

Lewisohn's book is -by far- the best of the three.  This one deals with their heritage, their youth, school, friendships, their musical apprenticeships, the people influential in their career decisions, and just about anything else you can think of that had both a direct and indirect impact on their early years.  Each of them gets the full address.  The book ends with the word "INTERMISSION" just as they're beginning to climb the charts after Please, Please me.  What amazes me most is the degrees of separation that existed before they knew each other.  For instance; When George was 14, he dated Iris Caldwell.  His intentions weren't entirely pure; he really wanted to meet her older brother, Alan, who had a skiffle group called The Texans.  Alan would later be known as Rory Storm.  Two years later, Richy… well.  You know the rest.

I'm enjoying this book so much, I'm half-way through reading it for the second time.

"SHUT UP TALKING!"

~ John Lennon

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