Hundreds, if not thousands, of books have been published about The Beatles. The first was Michael Braun’s Love Me Do – The Beatles’ Progress, a 1964 account which followed the group on tour and recounted their early days.
Since then millions of words have been written about all aspects of their lives, from the music to their clothes, religion to money. There have been photographic collections, musicological discourses, biographies, autobiographies, hagiographies and hack works.
Among the greatest Beatles books are Mark Lewisohn’s The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions and The Complete Beatles Chronicle, which documented the group’s activities throughout the 1960s, and Tune In, part one of his biographical series All These Years. Lewisohn is justly regarded as the world’s foremost Beatles expert.
Ian Macdonald’s Revolution In The Head is a fascinating chronological guide to The Beatles’ songs, although his interpretations are often more opinionated than impartial, and some of the recording and line-up assertions he made have since been questioned elsewhere. Nonetheless, it’s an illuminating read which brings to life many of The Beatles’ best moments, putting them in a social and historic context.
Then there are the official or semi-official books. Chief among these is The Beatles’ own Anthology, the weighty tome which accompanied the 1990s television series. George Harrison’s autobiography I Me Mine gives a selective account of events, but a fuller account came in Paul McCartney’s authorised biography Many Years From Now by Barry Miles.
For John Lennon, perhaps the best accounts are two long-form interview transcripts. Lennon Remembers by Jann S Wenner was Lennon’s vitriolic, Primal Scream therapy-inspired reaction to The Beatles’ split, conducted in 1970 for Rolling Stone. Ten years later Lennon was slightly more relaxed but no less compelling in David Sheff’s Playboy interview, All We Are Saying, given more piquancy as it came just weeks before his death.
The list below is an index of reviews of some books received by the Beatles Bible for review. If you’re a publisher and would like your products featured on this page, please contact us.
- A Day In The Life Of The Beatles by Don McCullin
- Across The Universe: On Tour And On Stage by Andy Neill
- Beatlemania! The Real Story Of The Beatles’ UK Tours 1963-1965 by Martin Creasy
- The Beatles Bibliography by Michael Brocken and Melissa Davis
- Beatles Box Of Vision by Jonathan Polk
- The Beatles In Hamburg by Spencer Leigh
- The Beatles: Tune In by Mark Lewisohn
- The Beatles Vs The Rolling Stones by Jim Derogatis and Greg Kot
- December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died by Keith Elliot Greenberg
- Fab Four FAQ 2.0 by Robert Rodriguez
- Fab Gear: The Beatles And Fashion by Paolo Hewitt
- George Harrison: Living In The Material World by Olivia Harrison
- I Want To Tell You – The Definitive Guide To The Music Of The Beatles, Volume 1: 1962/1963 by Anthony Robustelli
- The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive 1964-1966
- Revolver: How The Beatles Reimagined Rock ‘n’ Roll by Robert Rodriguez
- Treasures Of The Beatles by Terry Burrows
- Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography Of George Harrison by Gary Tillery
David Bedford’s magnificent Liddypool must get a mention. Top research from a man who knows his Beatles’ Liverpool locations like the back of his hand or soles of his feet judging by the miles of Merseyside he must have trudged.