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Is the Anthology book any good?
14 March 2011
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I just got the Book. I'll give you a review when I'm done.

 

I really loved the John Lennon part at the beginning when he talks about himself and growing up. That was my favorite.

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Oh, I loved that part. The book is great so far, but more quotes fromgeorge-martin should have been used.

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Sorry if this is off-topic. I didn't think it needed it's own thread, but would the Anthology be considered a memoir? I have to read one this summer for English and then we're gonna have to write about it the first week of school, so I figured I should do a book on The Beatles, becuase it's easier that way, I guess. I think it probably is, but I'm not so sure.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Mhh interesting question. Let's see what my friends Merrian and Webster says about a memoir.

 

http://www.merriam-webster.com.....ary/memoir

 

mem·oir

Definition of MEMOIR
2 a : a narrative composed from personal experience

 

Well, there you go. I guess the Anthology is a technically a memoir. a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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18 July 2011
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yes - it could be considered 5 memoirs in one - john's, paul's, george's, ringo's and the band's (under the assumption that the band is it's own entity).

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I think the Anthology is a must have for any real Beatles fan, but I don't think its the definitive book to read if you only could read one.  It is great that everything is first hand, but it doesn't make it any more in depth or accurate than a book by a Beatles associate that was there every step of the way with them.  The problem with first hand recounting is that unless they are feeling particularly candid, they will only "remember" what they want to remember, which is the take I got from the Anthology a lot (but not all) of the time.  Of course the issue with 2nd hand accounts is 1) bias, and 2) inaccuracies about events that they weren't physically there for.

I am reading Tony Bramwell's book right now and I have enjoyed it so far.  I like how he mentions when he wasn't actually around for a certain event but gives his perspective of that event occuring.  For example, he didn't go on the Beatles first trip to America, and instead stayed back in London.  But he gives his account of what he saw and heard about the trip from the motherland and doesn't try to presume or go into second hand accounts of what happened.  Instead you get a new an interesting perspective of the event, an event I wasn't alive for.

 

So anyways, yeah this is a top 5 Beatles book, and I do think that any serious Beatles fan should read at least 3-5 different Beatles books and seeing multiple perspectives/biases of the Beatles history. 

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I am reading the Anthology right now, it's amazing.  I like that it is in their own words, because those are the only words you can truly trust.  I'm about a third of the way through...  gonna take a while.  a-hard-days-night-paul-7 Totally worth the time.

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I found a near mint, sealed, hardcover copy of Anthology today.

Couldn't pass it up. It’s in much better condition than the used copy I had already.

I may just let this one sit in the shrinkwrap.

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I was thinking about getting this book and just saw this two copies in Amazon:

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It may be a silly question  but is there any difference between the book with the black background cover and the one with the whitey one?... i always thought there was only one Anthology book a-hard-days-night-ringo-7

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28 May 2019
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Isn't the black cover paperback whilst silver is hardback? Aside from that there is no difference.

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meanmistermustard said
Isn't the black cover paperback whilst silver is hardback? Aside from that there is no difference.

  

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I found a near mint, sealed, hardcover copy of Anthology today.

Couldn't pass it up. It’s in much better condition than the used copy I had already.

I may just let this one sit in the shrinkwrap.

  

I found an unwrapped hardback in perfect condition (seems like it was never read) in a second-hand bookshop. Absolute steal at €5, I was very happy with myself. Still haven't read it though ahdn_paul_01.

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28 May 2019
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If you are a bibliophile at all, you want to get any oversized book in hardback or it will wear very fast. 

In fact, I usually get everything in hardback unless it’s around 200 pages or fewer (and the hardback is hard to find or the paperback purchase is just really convenient) or it is only available in paperback.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

28 May 2019
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A pet peeve of mine is when they release a revised and updated edition of something in paperback only. Then you have to choose between quality and content.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

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It's a great supplement to the series, lots of cool photos and stories, but I wouldn't pay full price for it. I got a hardcover with dust jacket from Half Price Books I think for like $20. I'm sure you could find it even lower than that. It's cool to have the book as you watch the series, kind of a look and listen. 

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The main flaws I find with Anthology is the relatively limited number of those involved who guide us through the story and of the main four narratives, John's is problematic for me. Obviously, representing John's voice and opinions was always going to be difficult. I'm not sure the cut-up collage quotations - with a paragraph of John often coming several different interviews, often coming from many years apart during which views had changed.

It's all carefully annotated but at times it's hard to escape that you're looking at interviews lines plucked 1964, 70, 74 and 80, or similar concoctions which you know contain statements that would not have been made together because things had changed. With Paul, George and Ringo you get, largely, a mid-90s look through the family album while John's view is more often cobbled together and isn't as cohesive as theirs because it reflects different opinions and different times often butted right up against each other.

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It's a great supplement to the series, lots of cool photos and stories, but I wouldn't pay full price for it. I got a hardcover with dust jacket from Half Price Books I think for like $20. I'm sure you could find it even lower than that. It's cool to have the book as you watch the series, kind of a look and listen. 

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I think both of my copies together were 40 dollars.

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I got my hardback copy brand new when it was originally released and it even came with a pack of postcards - no idea what postcards had to do with the book but still have them.

You often see copies of 'Anthology' floating around Glasgow second-hand bookshops, both paperback and hardback. More surprising was seeing the DVD box on sale new a few months ago in HMV or whatever it's now called.

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I got my hardback copy brand new when it was originally released and it even came with a pack of postcards - no idea what postcards had to do with the book but still have them.

You often see copies of 'Anthology' floating around Glasgow second-hand bookshops, both paperback and hardback. More surprising was seeing the DVD box on sale new a few months ago in HMV or whatever it's now called.

  

Yeah I saw the DVD set in Germany and I was shocked. I remember it being really expensive a few years ago when I was looking to get it (like €40 used and to buy it new was around €70) for something that had been out for a decade.

They must have produced a few 0000 more copies as I got it last Christmas for about €24 new. I think the German copy was about €40, which Germany is expensive to buy most physical format (special mention goes to Mamma Mia, an 11 year old film that I saw selling for €16 the other day). 

 

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Is the Anthology book any good?

 

It's really, really, heavy man ....

I mean literally. It weighs a ton

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