I have just read this again having read it over twenty years ago. I must say i enjoyed it more than i thought i might. It's always good to have a first hand account of a piece of history like this and none of the other Beatles were ever going to tell this particular story.
There were a few little things that were irritating me a bit when reading it . He seemed to be trying too hard to make out everything they said was funny and had a meaning, like when they first met Brian he drank brandy so they called him Brandyman!. Why would that be funny and why would he think it worth putting in the book? It just seems like he is making some of this stuff up to me, but if its true lets just say The Beatles got funnier after he left!. He does this type of thing alot which is a bit annoying. He also talks about the famous story were they are told to 'Make Show' by Bruno Koschmieder. I can't tell you how many times he says they were making show elsewhere in this book!
Other than those monor things, it was a good read. I think most of the stories he tells are accurate otherwise surely one of the others would have denied them and i don't think they have although i could be wrong.
Anyway, I won't say too much about it because i don't want to spoil the end!!
I would recomend it to anyone who hasn't read it as it does bring those times to life and you do feel what it must have been like for four young lads going abroad on their own for the first time and the excitement (and shock) they must have felt.
I still can't believe he doesn't know why he was replaced though. Hasn't he listened to the Decca tapes?
Onward my friends, and glory for the thirty ninth!!
I've not read this one. Thanks for the summary.
I think his beef with the others over the sacking was that they didn't have the guts to do it themselves, and that Brian didn't make a particularly convincing case. There were various theories raised - quality of drumming, not fitting in - but he was never told the true reason. Hence the rumours that the others thought he was too popular.
It's likely that George Martin would have insisted he go anyway - Ringo was replaced by Andy White on the first single, so it's unlikely that Best would have got even that far. But who really knows?
I don't think I can bring myself to read the book, it just seems too sad imo. They definitely should have handled the replacement situations better and have taken the time to tell him themselves. Did they ever come across or talk to him after that? Or was he just written out of their lives?
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