Some surprise anyone didn't mention this book! (Or didn't I look in the right places?) Considering the fact that (I think) most people are from English-speaking countries, and that it takes a while for English books to reach Holland, and was surprised this very new book (October 2009, I think?) wasn't discussed. Not that I want to, I just wanted to mention its existence. Only read it once, just before Christmas. In the near future, I'm willing to review it, but just want to read it one more time before doing so.
It was mentioned before, but before we had a books section in the forum. It's here: http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....r-doggett/
Unfortunately I can't move threads around; otherwise I'd bring it over here or combine the threads into one. Anyway, do let us know what you think of the book - I've heard good things about it.
Well, certainly it's a big read, in every aspect. It's thoroughly researched, that's for sure. But to me, essentially, it was a very gripping tale of all the character flaws all humans might have - demonstrated by people who were consired heroes and pioneers, the Beatles. It just shows that everybody's human, and to me, that's one valuable lesson for sure. Less metapsychically, the book provided me with a lot of information about a period in the Beatles history I heard a lot about, but never ventured into: the last two and a half years of their coorperation as the Beatles.
Edit: Of course, there's way more to the book. It deals with every legal, financial, and creative aspect of the Beatles after they stopped being Beatles. At first, I didn't think that would make a great subject, but funny enough it does. It just shows how defenseless real art is. When reading this book, I remembered some Dutch phrase that's on top of a building in Rotterdam, near my hometown: "Alles van waarde is weerloos," which roughly translates to: "Everything of value is defenseless" - it just shows that commerce is not easily compatible with talent and art.
14 October 2009
I made reference to this late last year as I'd not long finished it. I thought it was good as Doggett gave an honest view that didn't smack of "kiss ass" to the Beatles. It goes into a lot of detail regarding the finances and the almighty calamity that Apple was, but I found it very interesting.
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