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"Beatlemania: The Real Story of the UK Tours
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Constance
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11 June 2012 - 2.57pm

I read this book on my kindle this past week...and enjoyed it to a surprising degree, despite the dozens of Beatles-themed books I have already read. This book focuses strictly on the tours down in Great Britain, mostly in 1963 as Beatlemania was just developing and there are literally hundreds of quotes from fans at the various concerts, as well as interviews with the other performers on the bills for these package tours. It was good to read how all of the other performers adored the Beatles as people and no one had a bad thing to say about any of them (although John got rude once in a while...) Also the different reactions of the originally top-billed stars, Tommy Rowe, Roy Orbison and Chris Montez, when they had to give up their spots to the Beatles due to the fan reactions...only Chris M. had a problem with it, and to tried to jazz up his act, taking off his clothes onstage, etc...in order to elicit crown response. Roy and Tommy just did their thing and hoped for the best, but the tours were hard on the opening acts, as fans often could not help themselves for chanting for the Beatles the whole time.

 

The books goes into great detail (sometimes too much, unless you are interested in every detail, as I am) about where they stayed every night, what they ate, etc...the author clearly did a lot of research.

 

Anyway, it had a lot of stuff I had not read in other books, which is a rarity in itself.

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11 June 2012 - 3.49pm

It's an excellent book, very thoroughly researched and well written. Here's my review: http://www.beatlesbible.com/bo.....in-creasy/

My mum was one of the people interviewed by Martin Creasy (the author) - she saw The Beatles a couple of times in 1963. I didn't realise she'd been interviewed until I was reading the book and saw her name. That was a surprise...

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Constance
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11 June 2012 - 4.31pm

Great review...

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16 October 2013 - 3.12pm

I'm reading this book and really enjoying it.  It's making me feel what it was like to go to a Beatles concert.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

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16 October 2013 - 3.21pm

Joe said
It's an excellent book, very thoroughly researched and well written. Here's my review: http://www.beatlesbible.com/bo.....in-creasy/

My mum was one of the people interviewed by Martin Creasy (the author) - she saw The Beatles a couple of times in 1963. I didn't realise she'd been interviewed until I was reading the book and saw her name. That was a surprise...

I bet! It's a book I've wanted to check out for a while, will have to do it!

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16 October 2013 - 3.42pm

Aghh I'd forgotten this book existed, and how much I wanted to buy it. I can't be doing with all this now! I've got 6 weeks of  constant deadlines and exams ahead, not to mention an empty purse. Damn you lot reviving this thread! blue-meanie

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12 November 2013 - 12.48pm

This book suffers from the difficulty of adding variety to a story which basically consists of the same thing over and over again - the author works hard to overcome this and succeeds to a large extent, but it is a pretty big obstacle to get past.

On the other hand, it is a good-natured book which gives a very strong impression of how rapidly fame and hysteria came on, and how massive things became in such a short period of time.

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12 November 2013 - 1.14pm

vectisfabber said
This book suffers from the difficulty of adding variety to a story which basically consists of the same thing over and over again - the author works hard to overcome this and succeeds to a large extent, but it is a pretty big obstacle to get past.

On the other hand, it is a good-natured book which gives a very strong impression of how rapidly fame and hysteria came on, and how massive things became in such a short period of time.

Welcome to our little corner of the internet, vectisfabber. If you would like to tell us a bit about your Beatlemania tendencies (we all have them), please hop over to http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo.....on-thread/

 

 

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