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"Mach Schau, Beatles!": Spencer Leigh's 'The Beatles in Hamburg'
3 October 2011
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"Mach Schau, Beatles!": Spencer Leigh's 'The Beatles in Hamburg'

In the book of transcribed in-studio chatter that accompanied the British box-set release of the Beatles’ ill-fated Dear-John letter, Let It Be , our lads squabble a lot about how the songs they are recording in a post-Pepper desire to return to their stripped-down roots should be debuted. Such venues as the Roman Coliseum and a luxury liner get tantalizingly tossed about, revealing the band still has a sense of occasion, if not grandiosity.

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4 October 2011
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It sounds interesting, but then again, I have read about their Hamburg times to the point of exhaustion a-hard-days-night-ringo-12 I would be very surprised if something entirely new should appear in the book.

10 October 2011
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Spencer Leigh's book on the Cavern was very good, and did contain quite a lot of info that's not available anywhere else (not even Lewisohn's Chronicle). I'll be getting this, I think. He knows his stuff.

Spencer was also able to confirm for me that Ray Jones, who got in touch claiming he was Raymond Jones, was actually Raymond Jones. If you see what I mean. Helpful and knowledgeable.

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10 October 2011
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I've added this one to my wish list as well.

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Winter is coming and my reading list is growing!

Just got this one yesterday along with the book he did on the Cavern (thanks for the recommendation, Joe) and the Living In The Material World book.

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I'm reading the Hamburg book at the moment. I think it's very good - lots of little details I hadn't heard before. Full review to follow.

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17 November 2011
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I just finished it and enjoyed it. It was a quick read after I started ignoring all the little factoid sections that were interjected throughout the book. After I read all of the proper text, I went back and read all of those factoid sections separately. I enjoy his writing style and am just starting his book on the Cavern.

I'll leave the full review to our resident expert reviewer. As Ringo would say, "Awwww rock on Joe for Zig, one time!".a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

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