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22 February 2010
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mjb
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Sunii said:

Drug use, what the songs mean, secrets, maybe a biography about one of the boys....that kind of stuff.


Sunii,

some of the best books have already been discussed on this topic on the forum, so take a look at the various ones and maybe one will interest you.

Hunter Davies's biography is the best biog (I think) as a whole group, but remember it was written in the sixties. Solo-wise Many Years From Now is the closest you'll get to a McCartney autobiography and I Me Mine is the same for George.  In it they both talk about their songs. If you want to find out all about John growing up and as a Beatle then Cynthia Lennon's autobiography called John is very good as is the one by his half sister Julia (I think that's called My Brother John???). Blimey I could go on and on......

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
23 February 2010
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I second the recommendation for Many Years from Now.  I thought that book was just absolutely fabulous.  However, it is slightly out-dated (what is it, 13 years old now?), so if you want to fill in some of the gaps, get Carlin's book Paul McCartney: A Life - that covers his career with "Wings" and beyond, Linda's death, his marriage to and divorce from Heather Mills, and a bit more.

I still like Norman's John Lennon: The Life for a good biog about John.

I've also enjoyed Spitz's biography The Beatles: The Biography, but I've heard some complaints about it.  I thought it was a good read, but my eyebrows went up a couple of times, like when he made reference to "Harry the Horse" in the song "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite."  Would a real Beatles follower make that blunder?  And shouldn't the author of a Beatles biography at least be a solid follower of their work?

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23 February 2010
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This put me off reading the Spitz book: http://www.beatlesnews.com/new.....rrors.html

I've got Philip Norman's Lennon biog but I've been putting it off as I really didn't enjoy Shout!. One day I'll get to it. He's good at the research and interview stuff (though I think Mark Lewisohn did a lot of the former in Shout!), but I dislike his prose style.

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24 February 2010
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Joe said:

This put me off reading the Spitz bookhttp://www.beatlesnews.com/new.....rrors.html

I've got Philip Norman's Lennon biog but I've been putting it off as I really didn't enjoy Shout!. One day I'll get to it. He's good at the research and interview stuff (though I think Mark Lewisohn did a lot of the former in Shout!), but I dislike his prose style.


Although I agree that Lewisohn's will definitely be worth the wait, I think Sunii could get a lot out of the Spitz bio. The errors are unforgivable, yes... but there are no "major" factual errors. It's a really well-written book that gives you good, deep insight into the history of the band and the relationships within it. Great info on the early days! (Which really fascinates me.)

Also, I loved Norman's Lennon bio... much better than Shout! He's very heavy on John's early days (childhood up until stardom) and he presents controversial themes very fairly (in my opinion). Also, it's one of the few books that presents John in a balanced way... a very troubled, but also a very loving person.

Sunii, I suggest you read Spitz and note the errors mentioned. I think that reading something by a 3rd party gives good insight and (mostly) non-biased history. Whatever you read, just remember there are many sides to the story... Cool

6 March 2010
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Marcelo
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I can't believe this! As I said in other thread, I've just bought Philip Norman's "John Lennon : the life"! What a coincidence!

It was in a mall, waiting for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"... another book related to good old Johnnie.

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition. John Lennon
19 April 2010
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PeterWeatherby
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You know what I would like to find?  A decent biog about Ringo.  But I've only seen two possible titles that looked any good (both were by Clayson, Ringo Starr: A Life, and Ringo Starr: Straight Man or Joker?), and neither of them seem to have gotten very good reviews.  What's a Beatles fan to do?

 

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29 April 2010
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I highly recommend "Here, There And Everywhere" by Geoff Emerick.  He was The Beatles sound engineer on Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and Abbey Road and he even talks about working with Paul on Band On The Run in 1973.  Very interesting insight especially from a musician's or engineer's standpoint.

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