10 August 2011
So just for the sake of stirring things up a bit, what makes anyone think that the upcoming Lewisohn book will be less biased than any other book?
Don't get me wrong: I'm sure Lewisohn has made every effort to be even-handed. But what author decides that he/she is going to sit down and write a biased book (unless he/she is paid by an interested party or is writing an "authorized" book)?
Surely many of us in school have had to write an essay on the topic "Is there such a thing as an unbiased history book?"
The items you choose to include/exclude are subject to bias, and the amount of ink you devote to each topic is completely biased in the strict sense of the word.
Bias isn't necessarily bad. For example, nearly every astronaut involved in the race to the moon has written a book. Each book essentially tells the same story: the Americans started way behind but eventually won. Yet you can read each book without being bored because each astronaut focuses on his involvement. So an event that's given one line in one book gets three pages in another. But that's good. You WANT to hear different perspectives.
With Beatle books, it's a bit the same thing. Those who were there don't remember things exactly the same way. The (apparent) bias only comes through when you feel that someone you like has been dissed or someone you dislike has been sugar-coated.
Lewisohn is probably closest to McCartney (or am I wrong about that?). Does anyone think that won't ever so slightly color his book?
17 December 2012
I think the last thing Lewisohn will want is to have his book(s) tarred in the same way as Shout! I also believe you are wrong about him being closest to McCartney. It is true he has had more contact with Paul, then probably Ringo, then probably George, and none with John. How could that be otherwise given events?
I see no sign in either Live, Recording Sessions or Chronicle of a leaning toward Paul. I'd go the opposite way if asked to choose, and say he lent towards John. However, I do believe, with All These Years (still HATE the title), he is aiming to shoot as straight an arrow as he can.
29 November 2012
Lewisohn's books (including his upcoming ones) are the closest, I think. Hunter Davies' authorized bio and Peter Doggett's books I would say are fair and unbiased, too. They are honest and don't sugarcoat the guys, for the most part.
21 November 2012
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