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30 August 2017


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fabsies said
Can anyone tell me what the best ringo and George bios are?   

I really enjoyed 'Behind That Locked Door ' by Graeme Thomson, others thought differently.

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11 September 2018
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I currently own the following Beatles related books:


Anthology by The Beatles

The Authorized Biography by Hunter Davies

You Never Give Me Your Money by Peter Doggett

Revolution in the Head by Ian MacDonald

All These Years/Tune In (Standard Edition) by Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles by Bob Spitz

Shout by Philip Norman

George Harrison : Behind That Locked Door by Graeme Thompson

John by Cynthia Lennon

In His Own Write by John Lennon

John Lennon by Philip Norman

Paul McCartney by Philip Norman

Fab - Paul McCartney : An Intimate Life by Howard Souness

Beatles Gear by Andy Babiuk

Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn.

The Beatles Complete Chord Song Book


I've previously owned (but passed to various Charity shops) in an attempt to scale down.


The Beatles Lyrics: The Songs of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr. (I actually bought this before I'd heard most of the songs!)

A Hard Day's Write by Steve Turner

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics by Alan Aldridge

The Beatles Unseen Archives by Tim Hill & Marie Clayton

Here, There And Everywhere : My Life Recording the music of The Beatles by Geoff Emerick

John, Paul, George, Ringo and Me by Tony Barrow

Beatles Diary Volume 1 by Keith Badman

Lennon Legend: An Illustrated Life of John Lennon by James Henke

Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music - The Definitive Life by Tim Riley (I never actually read this!)

Finally, there was a book that was so poor I can't even remember it. It was black and had a section at the end listing when the songs were written in chronological order and alternative (imaginary) track listings for the albums.


Are there any essential books this forum think I should read?

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Riding So High. by Joe Goodden (founder of this site). Dealing with their relationship with drugs, it's rightly been hailed as one of the most important new books about them in some time.

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Expert Textpert said
My updated list (I sold back the Philip Norman book, it annoyed me)

Lennon, by Ray Coleman
The book with "YES" on the cover that comes in the John Lennon signature box
A collection of the JL Rolling Stone interviews
Real Love , the book of JL's drawings for/with Sean
The John Lennon Letters
Who Killed John Lennon ?
In His Own Write
A Spaniard in the Works
Skywriting By Word of Mouth
Grapefruit (Ono)
John Lennon , Unseen Archives
The Beatles, Unseen Archives
The Beatles On the Road (Benson)
Yellow Submarine children's storybook
Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies
The collection of Paul McCartney Rolling Stone interviews
You Never Give Me Your Money
The White Book (Ken Mansfield)
Beatlemania! The Real Story of the Beatles UK Tours
Chant and Be Happy (Hare Krishna book with interviews with John, George and Yoko)
The Beatles' England (a tour guide of important places in Beatle history)
Remembering John Lennon (Life Magazine)
John and Yoko's Playboy interviews
Tune In Deluxe Extended Edition
The Last Days of John Lennon (Fred Seaman)
John Lennon , The New York Years (Bob Gruen)
The BBC Archives
Inside the Yellow Submarine
The Complete Beatles Chronicle (Lewisohn)
The Beatles Recording Sessions (Lewisohn)
Many Years from Now
John Lennon in My Life (Shotton)
Postcards from the Boys (Ringo)
A Hard Day's Write
Instamatic Karma
Here, There And Everywhere (Emerick)
Remembering George Harrison (LIFE books)
Living in the Material World
Acorn (Yoko Ono)
The Beatles in America (Leigh)
A Hard Day's Night (came with the Blu-ray, I have 2 copies of the book)
John Lennon : The Collected Artwork
Lennon Revealed (Kane)
The Lennon Companion
John Lennon --the Stories Behind Every Song
How I Won the War--Photos from the Film
John Lennon : Drawings, Performances, Films
Loving John (Pang)
The Beatles Lyrics (Davies)
The Lost Beatles Interviews (Giuliano)
The Beatles in America (Smithsonian Magazine)
the book in the Harrison/Shankar "Collaborations" box
the books in the Harrison Apple Years and Dark Horse Years boxes  

Nowhere Man , Robert Rosen (signed)

John Lennon the Life (Norman--bought it back for cheap after Yoko said he was bi...wanted to look at all the instances again where Norman pointed out John doing gay things).

I Me Mine (Harrison)

Photograph (Ringo Starr )

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics

Memories of John Lennon (ed. Yoko)

Lennonology, Strange Days Indeed

The Beatles (Igloo Books)

The Walrus was Paul (Patterson)

Uncut - The ultimate collectors edition

Riding So High (Goodden)

The Beatles, Words Without Music

December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died

Lennon On Lennon

The Beatles, the Authorized Biography (Davies)

Man on the Run (Doyle)

Paul McCartney (LIFE books)

The Gospel According to the Beatles (Turner)

Beatleness (Leonard)

Ringo: With a Little Help

Baby's In Black (Bellstorf)

Lennon Remembers (Wenner)

Lennon (Coleman - updated edition)

Yoko Ono, Half a Wind Show- A Retrospective

Where's Ringo?

"Stop throwing jelly beans at me." --George Harrison

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