24 August 2021
I plan to get the book for Christmas, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it immensely. As only the second book of The Beatles by The Beatles, and the first since the Anthology book, you can’t just have any old book, you must have something really special to make it an event. And boy, does this look like an event!
I also imagine it will look much better than the book that came with the UK edition of the original Let It Be album, which I’ve seen by a slideshow put on a YouTube video, and looked to be slapdash and pretty sloppily put together and transcribed with numerous errors. But if anyone owns that earlier book, I’d like a better idea of how they compare.
17 December 2012
I don’t think that in any way this can be compared to the Anthology book, which was based on new interviews given by Paul, George and Ringo, along with composite “quotes” from John, offering a comprehensive retrospective narrative and view of the band’s history.
The Get Back book is simply a transcription of conversations that took place in January 1969 while being filmed, along with pictures; same as the book in the original box-set as regards intent.
Two very different beasts.
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24 August 2021
I wasn’t saying they’re exactly the same, I’m just saying that book was an event, and if there was going to be another such book effectively by The Beatles, as this effectively is, even if it’s merely verbatim transcripts from January 1969, you couldn’t just have any old thing out as a book. You had to come up with something truly special, and having these transcripts from the film and audio recordings is that event.
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1 May 2011
Wanted to get something to read in the hotel and in HMV when I saw this. I bought it in the moment and to be fair it’s gorgeous.
I thought it might be more pictures but a ton of dialogue which is important to me as I’ve never been a photo book person.
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18 March 2013
Almost finished this now, I know people have mentioned already the inaccuracies in the Beatles recap intro to Get Back but there is another one in the book.
Context: John quoting MLK’s I Have A Dream speech, words in  are put in by editor.
Paul: When did he get shot, then? Was it like that…?
John: About a year or two ago. After [President] Kennedy
John is clearly not referring to President John F Kennedy, who died in 1963 – a whopping 5 years before King was assassinated in April 1968. John is obviously referring to JFK’s brother Robert/Bobby who was assassinated in June 1968.
I have no idea how they managed to get that incorrect, it’s a very easy fact check as to which Kennedy died in or around April 1968.
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17 June 2021
I got the book as a Birthday present and currently reading it. I’m up to 7th January.
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4 September 2019
I wasn’t saying they’re exactly the same, I’m just saying that book was an event, and if there was going to be another such book effectively by The Beatles, as this effectively is, even if it’s merely verbatim transcripts from January 1969, you couldn’t just have any old thing out as a book.
I definitely think Peter Jackson’s Get Back project is the biggest Beatles event since the Anthology.
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9 March 2022
I’m going through the book now, and also rewatching the Get Back documentary, and I’m noticing so many inconsistencies. For instance, comparing the row between George and Paul during Two of Us – it barely matches up.
It’s interesting what the book decided to include; it seems to jumps around too quickly (obviously you can’t include every word, but it often feels like incomplete soundbites). But also, as the lunchtime conversation between Paul and John shows us – the documentary definitely takes liberties and cuts conversations in a way that serves Peter Jackson’s tale (not saying that as a dig).
So, which is truer to the actual conversations??? The book or the documentary? Anyone else have thoughts on the editing styles?
I should probably just listen to the Nagra tapes, but I can’t find a working link.