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30 April 2010
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For anyone interested in the "Paul is Dead" myth, i suggest picking up The Walrus Was Paul. http://www.amazon.com/Walrus-W.....0684850621
I have the book, and i must say that i am extremly amazed at all the facts they've compiled. That's not to say i think Macca ain't kickin' anymore, but it's facsinating to see what things people believe to be the clues to his supposed lethal car crash.

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30 April 2010
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Car crash? That's a first. All the rumor's I've heard are about Paul dieing of Cyanide Poisoning.

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30 April 2010
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MrBig said:

Car crash? That's a first. All the rumor's I've heard are about Paul dieing of Cyanide Poisoning.


 

Poison? I've never heard that before! The "Paul is dead" myth is usually about a car accident. What clues are there about his supposed poisoning? How did it apparently happen?

30 April 2010
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I've got that book, though it's an earlier (UK) edition called The Great Beatle Death Clues (which is now the subtitle). I haven't looked at it for a while though, and I don't remember anything about poisoning.

Anyway, it's all nonsense! a-hard-days-night-paul-6

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30 April 2010
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I love the clues from Help! and Rubber Soul, the albums from 1965, despite the myth claiming that Paul died in 1966. They can't even get their own made up story right.

The Beatles' semaphore spelling out NUJV – New Unknown James Vocalist (James being Paul's first name). That's a bit of a stretch!

30 April 2010
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Well, it wasn't just Cyanide Poisoning. I mean, I've heard rumors that George got drunk one night and ran him over, Ringo assassinated him, and (this is my favorite one) Aids. a-hard-days-night-paul-1

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4 May 2010
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iCaramba said:

 

And Marcelo, ¿te gustó la biografía de Norman?

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Yes, I love it, very well wrote book. Although some parts of his life were very sad, and sometimes he was such an asshole, I still admire (and kind of love) him a lot.

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition.
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13 May 2010
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Ok I didn't need to start a new topic jejejejeje

 

But I have a question.. that Hunter Davis's biography.. is about their music or more about their personal lives???

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8 August 2010
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Sunii said:

Drug use, what the songs mean, secrets, maybe a biography about one of the boys....that kind of stuff.


For what the songs mean, I'd try Ian MacDonald's Revolution in the Head.  It breaks down each song, in the other they were recorded, and traces the development of the band, Britain's cultural development, and ties them together.  MacDonald can be incredibly strident in his writing, and you'll think he's off his rocker at times, but he knows what he's talking about and he'll make you think.  The third (and final) edition of the book covers Live At The BBC and the Anthology project; MacDonald is dismissive toward "Free As A Bird" and "Real Love," but he's pleased with many of the outtake releases where they demonstrate the band's working methods (the discussion of "Not Guilty" and "Come And Get It" is very interesting, as these two songs reveal why McCartney and Harrison simply could not work together in the late stage).

I'd also recommend Mark Hertsgaard's A Day In The Life: The Beatles in Their Time.  It's a basic, easy-to-read intro to the Beatles that looks at each album in turn, and intersperses the album analysis with a biography of the band.

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A book I really enjoyed was "A Day In The Life -- The Music and Artistry of the Beatles" by Mark Hertsgaard -- which focuses on what was most important about the Beatles -- that is, their music... but he does it without going into heavy music theory.  Also, he takes a journalistic approach to his writing, with a complete list of notes at the back to indicate where he got each of his facts.  In fact, the notes are interesting reading in their own right.  The book began as a magazine article about Beatles authority Mark Lewisohn, and Hertsgaard relies on much of Lewisohn's research in his own writing, while adding colour and context to it.   The book was published in 1995, just as BEATLES ANTHOLOGY was about to be released, so much of what it describes (such as George's spine-tingling first take of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps") we hadn't had a chance to hear yet... but were about to.   A very readable analysis of the Beatles and their music.

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6 September 2012
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Has anybody read Working Class Mystic: A Spiritual Biography of George Harrison by Gary Tillery?? 

I was going to buy it but I thought I would ask if anybody has read it beforehand, in case it's not worth it as it is a little bit more expensive than most paperbacks.


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7 September 2012
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"Working Class Mystic" is okay, but I would advise buying a used copy from amazon, for about $10, as it is not very long. It does spend a lot of time on the Krishna part of his life, but also covers his whole life, if briefly at times.

7 September 2012
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It's not a terribly rounded biography, but if you're particularly interested in George's spiritual and religious beliefs then it's the one to go for. I found it interesting, and learnt quite a lot I was previously unaware of.

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7 September 2012
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Duke_of_Kirkcaldy
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I'd highly recommend Way Beyond Compare: The Beatles' Recored Legacy - Volume 1, 1957-1965 and That Magic Feeling: The Beates' Recorded Legacy - Volume 2, 1966-1970, both by John C. Winn.  They're exhaustive guides to every known piece of audio and/or film footage (as well as recording sessions) in existence of the group while they were together.

7 September 2012
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Is there a definitive (or at least, most recommended) George bio out there?

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7 September 2012
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Well there's that one by Olivia called 'Living In The Material World:George Harrison'. Don't know if it's any good as I haven't read it but at least it is by somebody who knew him.

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7 September 2012
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Is that that big huge coffee-table book? I thought that was a tie-in with the Scorsese film. Or maybe there's more than one with that title?

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7 September 2012
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I've got an awesome german book called "von get back zu let it be - der anfang vom ende der beatles" (an english translation of the title is from get back to let it be - the beginning from the end of the beatles, but I think no english translation of the book does exist). It's about the get back sessions and tells about any minute of the sessions. If you speak (a little) german it's a must-have for every beatles fan imo (it's very easy to read, you don't have to speak german very well; this is the only get back sessions book I know, possibly there's an english book which is (almost) as good) What is also awesome about the book is that it tells which take was taken on anthology, naked, fly on the wall in the film etc. It also tells very much about the post productions, about anthology, about naked. I tell you: this book is awesome. I highly recommend it to everyone (who speaks a little german)

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7 September 2012
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Well I don't speak any german :( I don't think there's a book like that in English that is particularly good or I think it would've been mentioned on here. T'would be good if there were a book like that. Anyone know of one?

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7 September 2012
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There's a good (English) "Get Back" sessions book that we were just discussing a couple of days ago! I forget the exact title (something like "Get Back: the Story of the "Let It Be" Disaster) and haven't got my library copy handy, but if you just search this site for "Sulpy" (one of the co-authors) you'll find the actual thread(s).

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