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Mark Lewisohn: The Complete Beatles Chronicle
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mjb
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30 January 2010 - 10.47am

My second favourite after Lewisohn's Recording Sessions.

What I love (and admire) about this book is the research that went into it. It's the kind of book you can pick up, turn to any page and just start reading.  Then you find you are still reading half an hour later.......Smile

I think Lewisohn is THE writer / researcher when it comes to The Beatles and I'm looking forward to these:

In 2005, Lewisohn announced that he had started work on a three-volume Beatles biography. The as-yet untitled trilogy is set to be completed in 2018, with the first volume due out in 2010.

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"

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skye
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30 January 2010 - 4.50pm

I agree completely. The summaries at the beginning are excellent, I just wish they went on a little longer. It may be tempting to skip over some of the journal entries (George Martin worked on the mono mix, it took 14 takes to record x, etc.), but there are often little tidbits and facts in them that shouldn't be missed.

I'm glad to hear that he's coming out with more!

Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!

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mjb
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31 January 2010 - 7.25am

Found this.  It is a few years old but caught at the beggining when he announced the decision about the books:

http://www.beatlesnews.com/new.....isohn.html

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"

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Joe
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26 May 2010 - 3.05pm

It looks like this is being reissued in the US on 1 October: http://www.amazon.com/Complete.....569765340/

I doubt there's any new material though – in the interview mjb posted above Lewisohn expresses frustration at the way his books get reissued without his say, and even though he'd like to update the Chronicle he's fully committed to the three-volume biog right now.

From the product description: "First published in 1992, The Complete Beatles Chronicle has become the Beatles Bible". Damn! I've been found out! a-hard-days-night-paul-7

It also says volume one of his Beatles biography is now being published in 2011. I actually don't mind the delay – it's clear he's going to be spending the extra time doing a very thorough research job, and it'll be worth the wait.

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Happy Nat
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26 May 2010 - 4.09pm

I will definitely pick up the new biography the second it's available. Thanks for the heads up, Joe.a-hard-days-night-george-9

Bringing you the best and worst of The Beatles, since 2007.

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Zig
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26 May 2010 - 10.49pm

Joe said:

 

From the product description: "First published in 1992, The Complete Beatles Chronicle has become the Beatles Bible". Damn! I've been found out! a-hard-days-night-paul-7


 There is only one Beatles Bible and I am proud to be a member of its Forum. Keep up the great work, Joe.a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

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mithveaen
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27 May 2010 - 3.33am

Zig said:

Joe said:

 

From the product description: "First published in 1992, The Complete Beatles Chronicle has become the Beatles Bible". Damn! I've been found out! a-hard-days-night-paul-7


There is only one Beatles Bible and I am proud to be a member of its Forum. Keep up the great work, Joe.a-hard-days-night-ringo-8
 

 

I second that!! a-hard-days-night-george-1

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

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Joe
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27 May 2010 - 10.39am

Thanks guys. It's fair to say, though, that this site would have a lot fewer pages without Mark Lewisohn's research. Pretty much all Beatles writers are hugely indebted to him.

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Gustavo
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14 July 2010 - 10.03pm

Lewisohn books are the best, by far, along with Walter Everett books.

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MeanMrsMustard
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14 July 2010 - 10.10pm

I need to read some of Lewisohn's books. How weighty are they? (Don't worry, I won't be scared off.)

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

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skye
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15 July 2010 - 12.14am

I only have Chronicles, and that's 300 to 400 pages.

Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!

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mjb
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15 July 2010 - 9.38am

MeanMrs.Mustard said:

I need to read some of Lewisohn's books. How weighty are they? (Don't worry, I won't be scared off.)


 

The great thing about his books are:

1. they are very extensive and long (which is brilliant)

2. You can pick them up and put them down at will. Read one page, read twenty - it doesn't mattter.

You will be spending money on something you wished you had years ago - I PROMISE a-hard-days-night-john-6

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"

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Von Bontee
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15 July 2010 - 6.02pm

Lewisohn's got a reputation (deserved or not) among some as a kind of fanboy ass-kisser. So it's refreshing to see that TCBC includes the occasional bit of negativism, for a better sense of impartiality. Among other things, he takes them to task for the undignified dismissal of Pete Best, the whole "Magical Mystery Tour" debacle, and for allowing their performing skills to deteriorate to an "all-time low" by 1966.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!"
-- Paul McCartney

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mr. Sun king coming together
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10 February 2011 - 12.10am

I Just Bought Chronicle on Amazon. I can't Wait. It better be as good as you say

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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Zig
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10 February 2011 - 4.23pm

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8Looking forward to your review, Evan.

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

Every Little Thing you buy from Amazon or iTunes will help the Beatles Bible if you use these links: Amazon | iTunes

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mr. Sun king coming together
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10 February 2011 - 7.41pm

I'll Get it Monday or Tuesday, and I'll keep you posted.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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mr. Sun king coming together
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12 February 2011 - 1.54pm

Ok, I got it Yesterday, and Here are some first thoughts. 

1. Holy Cow it is Big.

2. The Cover Picture Sucks

3. It would be hard to read it cover to cover, but I`m going to anyway

4. I`m only up to 1960, but It was Definetely worth buying

5. Lewisohn admits when he`s not sure of a day, which I admire.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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mjb
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13 February 2011 - 8.32am

mr. Sun king coming together said:

3. It would be hard to read it cover to cover, but I`m going to anyway

 

Yeah, but the beauty is you can pick it up and put it down whenever......but still keep going!

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"

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mr. Sun king coming together
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13 February 2011 - 2.01pm

mjb said:

mr. Sun king coming together said:

3. It would be hard to read it cover to cover, but I`m going to anyway

 

Yeah, but the beauty is you can pick it up and put it down whenever......but still keep going!

I know, but For starters I want to go Cover to cover. How on earth did Lewisohn get this much info?


As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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mjb
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13 February 2011 - 6.13pm

I know, but For starters I want to go Cover to cover. How on earth did Lewisohn get this much info?



What I meant is you can pick it up and if you then have to put it down you can just pick up where you left off anytime after - do you get me? I keep these kind of books in the bathroom for obvious reasons......and then I get "how much longer are you going to be in there for?" 🙂

"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"

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