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30 April 2010
A terrible pun
Casbah Coffee Club
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For anyone interested in the "Paul is Dead" myth, i suggest picking up The Walrus Was Paul.
I have the book, and i must say that i am extremly amazed at all the facts they've compiled. That's not to say i think Macca ain't kickin' anymore, but it's facsinating to see what things people believe to be the clues to his supposed lethal car crash.

Writing fifty times, "I must not be soo-oo-o-ooo."
30 April 2010
A Place
Carnegie Hall
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I love the clues from Help! and Rubber Soul, the albums from 1965, despite the myth claiming that Paul died in 1966. They can't even get their own made up story right.

The Beatles' semaphore spelling out NUJV – New Unknown James Vocalist (James being Paul's first name). That's a bit of a stretch!

8 August 2010
A Beginning
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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.

For what the songs mean, I'd try Ian MacDonald's 
Revolution in the Head.  It breaks down each song, in the other they were recorded, and traces the development of the band, Britain's cultural development, and ties them together.  MacDonald can be incredibly strident in his writing, and you'll think he's off his rocker at times, but he knows what he's talking about and he'll make you think.  The third (and final) edition of the book covers Live At The BBC and the Anthology project; MacDonald is dismissive toward "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love," but he's pleased with many of the outtake releases where they demonstrate the band's working methods (the discussion of "Not Guilty" and "Come And Get It" is very interesting, as these two songs reveal why McCartney and Harrison simply could not work together in the late stage).

I'd also recommend Mark Hertsgaard's A Day In The Life: The Beatles in Their Time.  It's a basic, easy-to-read intro to the Beatles that looks at each album in turn, and intersperses the album analysis with a biography of the band.

28 July 2011
Terrace BC Canada
Abbey Road
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A book I really enjoyed was "A Day In The Life -- The Music and Artistry of the Beatles" by Mark Hertsgaard -- which focuses on what was most important about the Beatles -- that is, their music... but he does it without going into heavy music theory.  Also, he takes a journalistic approach to his writing, with a complete list of notes at the back to indicate where he got each of his facts.  In fact, the notes are interesting reading in their own right.  The book began as a magazine article about Beatles authority Mark Lewisohn, and Hertsgaard relies on much of Lewisohn's research in his own writing, while adding colour and context to it.   The book was published in 1995, just as BEATLES ANTHOLOGY was about to be released, so much of what it describes (such as George's spine-tingling first take of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps") we hadn't had a chance to hear yet... but were about to.   A very readable analysis of the Beatles and their music.

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6 September 2012
Sitting in an English garden
Apple rooftop
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Has anybody read Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison by Gary Tillery?? 

I was going to buy it but I thought I would ask if anybody has read it beforehand, in case it's not worth it as it is a little bit more expensive than most paperbacks.

Moving along in our God given ways, safety is sat by the fire/Sanctuary from these feverish smiles, left with a mark on the door.

(Passover - I. Curtis)

7 September 2012
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Apple rooftop
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Well there's that one by Olivia called 'Living In The Material World:George Harrison'. Don't know if it's any good as I haven't read it but at least it is by somebody who knew him.

Moving along in our God given ways, safety is sat by the fire/Sanctuary from these feverish smiles, left with a mark on the door.

(Passover - I. Curtis)

7 September 2012
Von Bontee
A Hole In The Road
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There's a good (English) "Get Back" sessions book that we were just discussing a couple of days ago! I forget the exact title (something like "Get Back: the Story of the "Let It Be" Disaster) and haven't got my library copy handy, but if you just search this site for "Sulpy" (one of the co-authors) you'll find the actual thread(s).

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
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