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The Beatles: All These Years by Mark Lewisohn
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DrBeatle said

mja6758 said
The length differences are explained in the article. I know they ask us not to reproduce in full, so here are the two relevant paragraphs:

          Lewisohn says the smaller mass-market U.S. hardback with 1,200 pages will be released Oct. 10 by Crown Archetype. The mass-market
          U.K hardback with 1,000 pages, will be released Oct. 10 from Little, Brown.

          “The difference between the editions is words,” Lewisohn said, “about 380,000 in the UK, about 430,000 in the U.S. (The U.S. edition)
          will include the endnotes, omitted in the UK for space reasons.”

It goes on to say that the "author's cut" will include about 780,000 words, and be about 2000 pages. Lewisohn also adds that Crown Archetype are yet to pick up the "author's cut" and so, for US customers, it will only be available as import.

I know that, I read the article, too. I wasn't asking *if* there were page # differences, I was asking *WHY*. His answer saying the publisher hasn't decided to offer the longer edition in the US isn't a reason *why*.


I believe the "why" to the questions is inferred in what's said. For the standard edition, the UK publishers balked at the length and Lewisohn agreed to cutting the endnotes, knowing that all he wanted would be included in his "author's cut". As for the US publisher deciding not to take the "author's cut" at this time, it can be assumed that they do not believe such a long and expensive book will sell in the market they are catering for.

That's just my reading between the lines though.

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I've actually been wondering the same thing. I've heard him say he's uncovered a couple of previously-unknown Beatles gigs while researching this book, along with a ton of other new facts. Weaving them into a biography must be challenging for someone whose most celebrated books until now have been reference works.

I think he'll do OK. For a start he's spent years on the project. His writing in Sessions and Chronicle is lively and witty, managing to avoid being too dry in the delivery, but he was hemmed in by the format. The appendices in the new books will presumably contain the raw facts and figures (as he did at the end of Chronicle), so it won't distract from the main storytelling. Plus, every time I've heard him speak he's been lucid and eloquent, which suggests he won't have any problems writing these volumes.

For me, most Beatles books are let down by shoddy facts and bad research. So he's won half of the battle to begin with. IMO no amount of linguistic perfection can paper over something that's lacking research.

Incidentally, I think I found ML on Twitter this week. It's a private account under a false name, and he doesn't post (just follows a few Beatles and non-Beatles accounts), so I won't reveal it here. He's got a very low profile online, presumably to save himself being bombarded with qs from Beatlemaniacs and Lewisohnophiles, and I fully respect that.

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This is my first post, after having been lurking quietly for a while. I've been following this thread with interest and I thought members might be interested in a new radio interview that Mark did with Ken Michaels:

You have to scroll down half way and it's there in 6 parts. Some tantalising hints from Mark about the revelations contained in the book. 

One interesting question which Ken Michaels puts to him, which Mark doesn't know the answer to (yet!): who did the arrangements for the Indian instruments on George's Indian compositions? No one was ever credited for them.

There are other Beatles/Merseybeat-related interviews to enjoy elsewhere on the page.

 Anyway, very glad to be here.




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