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Is the Anthology book any good?
14 March 2011
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

I just got the Book. I'll give you a review when I'm done.


I really loved the John Lennon part at the beginning when he talks about himself and growing up. That was my favorite.

The further one travels, the less one knows
14 March 2011
mr. Sun king coming together
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Oh, I loved that part. The book is great so far, but more quotes fromgeorge-martin should have been used.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

18 July 2011
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18 July 2011

Sorry if this is off-topic. I didn't think it needed it's own thread, but would the Anthology be considered a memoir? I have to read one this summer for English and then we're gonna have to write about it the first week of school, so I figured I should do a book on The Beatles, becuase it's easier that way, I guess. I think it probably is, but I'm not so sure.

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18 July 2011
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Mhh interesting question. Let's see what my friends Merrian and Webster says about a memoir.



Definition of MEMOIR
2 a : a narrative composed from personal experience


Well, there you go. I guess the Anthology is a technically a memoir. a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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18 July 2011
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yes - it could be considered 5 memoirs in one - john's, paul's, george's, ringo's and the band's (under the assumption that the band is it's own entity).

"She looks more like him than I do."
18 July 2011
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18 July 2011

I think the Anthology is a must have for any real Beatles fan, but I don't think its the definitive book to read if you only could read one.  It is great that everything is first hand, but it doesn't make it any more in depth or accurate than a book by a Beatles associate that was there every step of the way with them.  The problem with first hand recounting is that unless they are feeling particularly candid, they will only "remember" what they want to remember, which is the take I got from the Anthology a lot (but not all) of the time.  Of course the issue with 2nd hand accounts is 1) bias, and 2) inaccuracies about events that they weren't physically there for.

I am reading Tony Bramwell's book right now and I have enjoyed it so far.  I like how he mentions when he wasn't actually around for a certain event but gives his perspective of that event occuring.  For example, he didn't go on the Beatles first trip to America, and instead stayed back in London.  But he gives his account of what he saw and heard about the trip from the motherland and doesn't try to presume or go into second hand accounts of what happened.  Instead you get a new an interesting perspective of the event, an event I wasn't alive for.


So anyways, yeah this is a top 5 Beatles book, and I do think that any serious Beatles fan should read at least 3-5 different Beatles books and seeing multiple perspectives/biases of the Beatles history. 

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20 January 2013
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I am reading the Anthology right now, it's amazing.  I like that it is in their own words, because those are the only words you can truly trust.  I'm about a third of the way through...  gonna take a while.  a-hard-days-night-paul-7 Totally worth the time.

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