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New Beatles books
14 March 2013
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I came across a news item about a new book on Beatles's songs, and I didn't want to start a new topic just for it. So I started a topic for new Beatles books in general - ones that seem to warrant an announcement, but not necessarily an entire thread.

So for starters, here's this one:

Interview: David Rowley takes Beatles' songs one by one and 'All Together Now'

Author David Rowley says he tried to put a different perspective in his latest book, “All Together Now” (also available in the UK) that tells the story of the Beatles' albums and their individual songs both individually and collectively. It's not the first book of its kind, but Rowley had some ideas he wanted to follow.

“I started out by trying to answer all my own questions about the Beatles songs. What made them so special and superior to other artists? What made them tick? What gave them an edge?,” he said. “There are other books out there on the Beatles music, but for me none have tried to isolate and explain the Beatles X-factor.”

More at the source. The caricature of Paul on the cover is dead on.

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14 March 2013
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I saw that bit on Twitter a little earlier today. Sounds interesting, but how is it different from Revolution in the Head and A Hard Day's Write, two books I've had for nearly 20 years? What's this guy's angle to make his book stand out and be any different? a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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14 March 2013
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DrBeatle said
I saw that bit on Twitter a little earlier today. Sounds interesting, but how is it different from Revolution in the Head and A Hard Day's Write, two books I've had for nearly 20 years? What's this guy's angle to make his book stand out and be any different? a-hard-days-night-paul-10

I was wondering that myself, especially since, as you know, I'm reading RitH right now. I guess it's his way of saying his opinion had never been published. a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

The bit about Here Comes The Sun was somewhat interesting, though I'm not sure that sort of thing warrants a book.

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14 March 2013
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parlance said

DrBeatle said
I saw that bit on Twitter a little earlier today. Sounds interesting, but how is it different from Revolution in the Head and A Hard Day's Write, two books I've had for nearly 20 years? What's this guy's angle to make his book stand out and be any different? a-hard-days-night-paul-10

I was wondering that myself, especially since, as you know, I'm reading RitH right now. I guess it's his way of saying his opinion had never been published. a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

The bit about Here Comes The Sun was somewhat interesting, though I'm not sure that sort of thing warrants a book.

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Well said...seems like his opinions could and would be better served on a blog than releasing a full blown book when it's already been done (and done damn well) twice.

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26 March 2013
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Hi

The intention with All Together Now was to strip out as much of my opinions as possible, which was hard at times. For instance Let It Be is not a firm favourite of mine but I have held back from any negativity on it, unlike RitH. One of the main themes of the book is making connections with what was happening in the fab four's lives when songs were being written and recorded. So one interesting finding is that Paul received his MBE medal from the Queen of England about one week before recording 'I'm Looking Through You', his attack on his posh girlfriend Jane Asher in which he says 'you were above me, but not today'. Again there is the unusual weather conditions around the time of Here Comes The Sun. One of my favourite connections is that the Rolling Stones 'Paint It Black' was number 1 in the charts at the time 'Eleanor Rigby' was written and recorded. Mick Jagger obliquely sings about a funeral - 'I see a line of cars and they're all painted black, with flowers and my love, both never to come back' and of course Paul sings about the funeral for Eleanor Rigby in the last verse of his song too. Subconcious? An act of deliberate competition? It would be over to Paul on that one.

David

26 March 2013
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^^ Best of luck with the book, David, and welcome to the forum. 

A new book, The Beatles and Me on fan encounters with the Beatles, is now available. The Examiner posted a rare photo of George with Bob Dylan from the book.

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12 April 2013
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There's a new bio called The Teacher - Tony Sheridan, and The Examiner posted an interview with the author.

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24 April 2013
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Greg Kihn (yes, that Greg Kihn) has written a novel, a "rock and roll thriller" called Rubber Soul. More here.

Also, Linda's Life in Photographs is being released on iBooks.

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25 April 2013
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A new book called How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin has some never-before-seen photos of the guys from 1964. Interesting that the man who developed these also prints Linda's archive.

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25 April 2013
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Good Grief parlance, do you work in the publishing industry? You've got the inside dope on all the new books, it seems!

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25 April 2013
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Von Bontee said
Good Grief parlance, do you work in the publishing industry? You've got the inside dope on all the new books, it seems!

Haha! *curtsies* I'm flattered. No, I'm just a news fiend.

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26 April 2013
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Has anyone seen this book by Harry Benson?  I recommend it.  I got a copy for 40 dollars from Barnes and Noble.  It's a nice quality, oversized book and the pictures really come to life and make you feel like you are there.

http://www.taschen.com/pages/e.....eatles.htm

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26 April 2013
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^^ I think I have heard of that book before though solely picture books don't really do it for me. Unless there's lot's of never seen before/not likely to be found on the Internet ones in there...?

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26 April 2013
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I love love love photography, so those are the kinds of Beatle books I tend to buy right now since I figure everything else I can just borrow from the library. I get them used and way cheap, so it'll probably be a few years before I get a copy of the Harry Benson one. I'd like to get that and the Henry Grossman book.

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26 April 2013
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I love photography, too, and I love The Beatles, so you would think that a book full of Beatles pictures would be perfect for me... :D

I guess I prefer taking pictures, rather than looking at them...

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26 April 2013
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I'm not sure how rare the photos are, but I had never seen most of them (not that I comb the Internet for photos all the time). I probably most enjoyed the ones of the crowds and screaming fans seen from the band's perspective.

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26 April 2013
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fabfouremily said

I guess I prefer taking pictures, rather than looking at them...

I'm happy doing both. :-D

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26 April 2013
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Same here. :)

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A bunch of books have just come or are coming out (forgive me if you saw some of these in the news thread):

* Ringo's ebook, Photograph, comes out tomorrow, same day that his exhibit in LA makes its debut at the Grammy Museum. A limited-edition hand-bound book signed by Ringo will be available in December.

* Ringo's publishing a children's book based on Octupus's Garden.

* A book on John's trip to Bermuda came out May 20.

* The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) is a recently published primer for children.

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11 June 2013
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I've pre-ordered Ringo's book on my iPad...counting the hours until tomorrow!

 

I did also just get a copy of the excellent book "Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium." I haven't been able to put it down since I started reading it last week.

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