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Is the Anthology book any good?
15 January 2021
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The book is HUGE! I bought it for, like, 100 bucks or more, and it was worth it!

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16 January 2021
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It was one of the first Beatles books I owned, so I've read it cover to cover a few times. My copy shows signs of wear and tear (the sleeve is torn) thanks to numerous house moves throughout the last twenty years.

I tried reading it again earlier in the year, but just find it too cumbersome these days. I'd rather just watch the Anthology DVDs instead. I think I got to 1963 before I gave up.

16 January 2021
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It's one of favorite Beatles book even though is huge, I'm currently re-reading it and it's been so nice to read their stories about their childhood again.

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18 January 2021
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Magill said
The book is HUGE! I bought it for, like, 100 bucks or more, and it was worth it!

  

I got it for free... The book store my friend's dad worked at was throwing it away due to it not selling.

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20 January 2021
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I was lucky. I was killing time before a physio appointment and stuck my head in a charity shop for lack of anything else to do where an as close to mint copy of the hardback as you could wish for had just been put out at £10. It was on the shelf about 5 seconds...

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20 January 2021
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I found a hardback copy still sealed for about 20 bucks or less, don't remember the exact price. It's sitting on the shelf still sealed next to my reading copy.

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21 January 2021
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first Beatles book I read I think, one of the better xmas gifts I've ever received

21 January 2021
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It's a good book for the interview material with Paul, George and Ringo, but I have some problems with the John "quotes" - they are often made up of lines from many different interviews, often well over a decade apart, and often taken out of context of what he was saying in the original full quotes. The cobbled together quotes from John, in my opinion, often misrepresent him and his views.

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28 January 2021
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Indeed, @Ron Nasty, the John quotes are never as good. I don't see many new one.

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I think the John quotes work fine as used. They're clearly thrown in mixed together to effectively "complete" a section; get something he says about the same subject, and basically use it to more or less fit in with Paul, George and Ringo's in style and substance. To me, it works beautifully, seamlessly with the other three's.

Granted, a lot of John's interviews on their own definitely are very illuminating, sometimes more so than what we see in the Anthology book. After all, John is one of the few public figures who never gave a dull or patently dishonest interview, even if he'd let the storyteller in him or his emotions run things over careful and patient analysis. But that's the fun with John's interviews, isn't it?

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Just thought I’d share that my sealed copy of Anthology has been opened. I figured why not? 

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I just won an ebay auction for a second-hand copy of the Anthology book, and I'm very excited to get it beatlemaniacs_02_gif

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An essential Beatles book purchase. And by the way, I dig your signature quote from Glyn’s version of DLMD. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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It's great and since The Beatles have so few self-penned or fully authorized biographies it's refreshing to know that everything is coming straight from the source. But also, because of that, I think they're less likely to take a critical look at themselves and present things with full transparency. The photos are stunning, though the layout and graphic design can be a bit distracting. 

 

I also found it a bit of a bummer that the tension between George and Paul, that was evident in the videos, came through in the book. Apparently George only agreed to do to the Anthology to get some cash out of it (due to recent business complications)* and a lot of his responses read chilly or even as little jabs at Paul and the whole Beatle legacy in general. 

 

*Gleaned from Peter Doggett's You Never Give Me Your Money and also the Nothing Is Real podcast, which covers the Anthology series impetus and reception really well.

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11 March 2022
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meaigs said
I just won an ebay auction for a second-hand copy of the Anthology book, and I'm very excited to get it beatlemaniacs_02_gif

  

It just arrived! It's fab!! I'm already bowled over by some of the photos.

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11 March 2022
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Well I'm sure there are other things I should have been spending the last 2 hours on, but I've just browsed through the whole thing. It's amazing, but I think when I read it properly I'll have to start at the back and go backwards. The end is so sad paul-mccartney

@Ahhh Girl I hope you've seen it, there are some photos you'd definitely like ahdn_john_08_gif

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I bought a copy from eBay a couple of years ago. It's a great book illustrated with fantastic photos. 

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