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What are you reading these days?
30 April 2023
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Rube said
I am reading ‘The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions’ by the brilliant Mark Lewisohn. 

I hope you’re enjoying it, Rube. It’s one of my favourite Beatles books. 

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And in the end

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11 May 2023
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I was lucky to find this expanded edition very cheap remaindered at the front of the store about 15 years ago. It’s from 1992, which means that much more detail would have had to have been included if it had been released just a few years later after the anthologies.  As it is, it’s pretty heavy!

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I’m reading the not revised and updated edition of ‘Off The Record 2: The Dream Is Over’.

It’s very enjoyable to read all the interviews and press reports which vary from ludicrous rumours to Beatles interviews, many of which I’ve no memory of ever reading, if I ever did. George admitting not only that Paul was right to sue them but that he was thankful Paul did was quite a surprise. A report quoting John saying that when he bought Tittenhurst that there was no chance he’d be opening it up to the public, which a previous owner had done was, was also fun. And it’s always good to read John and George being so determined to remain themselves and not be swayed by what other people think they should be or how they were to act – the former saying he missed those who missed him (due to living in New York) whilst those who didn’t miss him could go and eat a banana.*

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I generally alternate between a Beatles book and then a volume or two of ‘Peanuts’ (aka Snoopy/Charlie Brown). One day I’ll complete reading ‘The Beatles Anthology’ book but it such a massive undertaking to do it all in once.


*One of the most influential quotes I’ve ever read is John saying “It doesn’t matter about people not liking our records, or not liking the way we look, or what we say. You know, they’re entitled to not like us. And we’re entitled not to have anything to do with them if we don’t want to, or not to regard them. We’ve all got our rights, you know, Harold.” It gives me a lot of relief to have that mindset of it’s fine if someone doesn’t like me as it’s also ok for me to not have much to do with them at all.

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