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The Beatles: All These Years by Mark Lewisohn
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I hope Lewisohn himself will still be alive to finish them by then

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:lol: I was thinking...on the one hand, what he has in his favor is that, while this first book spans the period 1845-1962, the last 2 books only have to cover 1963-70. BUT, WAY more relevant stuff happened in the Beatles' lives in those 7 years than did in the first book.

In any event, my guess is he has the next 2 books in various stages of completion and it won't take him 10 years to finish each. 8)

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Some very complex stuff happened as well. Apple, for one thing. 

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I've read that Robert Caro, author of the multivolume Lyndon Johnson biography, has a contract that says if he dies before the last book is finished, nobody is allowed to finish it using his notes (unlike the situation with the Winston Churchill bio, where Paul Reid finished it using William Manchester's notes after Manchester died before finishing the last volume). I wonder what the situation is with Lewisohn. Granted, Caro is in his 70s and Lewisohn's only in his 50s.

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Some very complex stuff happened as well. Apple, for one thing. 

Luckily he can draw on Doggett's book for much of that.

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DrBeatle said

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Some very complex stuff happened as well. Apple, for one thing. 

Luckily he can draw on Doggett's book for much of that.

That's true - and Doggett's book is excellent - but is there more to it?

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Undoubtedly! But it'd be a good starting point 8)

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OHBOY OHBOY! apple01heartapple01heartapple01

Throw in some HEE-HEE's and a YIPPEE-SKIPPEE or two and that some's up my anticipation as well.

I've been re-reading all my old Beatles Books because I don't want to read anything new til this comes out.

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The Examiner posted that the publisher's site has gone live and that Lewisohn has some appearances in the US and UK booked. This includes signings.

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Nice! It'd be very cool to get him to sign a copy 8)

 

I'm not going to give anything away, but I've learned lots of little things about their childhoods that I'd never known before, in just the first ~110 pages. Some of it rather surprising, actually.

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DrBeatle said
:lol: I was thinking...on the one hand, what he has in his favor is that, while this first book spans the period 1845-1962, the last 2 books only have to cover 1963-70. BUT, WAY more relevant stuff happened in the Beatles' lives in those 7 years than did in the first book.

In any event, my guess is he has the next 2 books in various stages of completion and it won't take him 10 years to finish each. 8)

He was on fab4free4all recently and the guys were pushing him a bit to write a volume on the 70s with a focus in 1974.  Hope he considers it.  The lads interacted with one another quite a bit during those 10 years.

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That would be cool. On a related note, I just received a copy of the new book about Paul, "Man On the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s" from the publisher. It focuses on his career during the span from when he married Linda in March 1969 until the end of Wings in 1981. Looks fascinating, and would love a comprehensive book on the Beatles in the 70s as well.

 

That being said, my guess is that Lewisohn ain't writing another Beatles book after volume 3! :lol:

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Hi folks,

I am just too excited for this publication!  For what it's worth, I'm getting the normal version as I mentioned way, way upthread.  It has nothing at all to do with cost - that's not a problem for a one-off (or three-off!) such as this - but more because I'd feel weighed down by an extended version.  I'm as much into the Fabs as you guys, but don't need to read anything that isn't directly related to their history.  I was always comfortable about this when ordering on Amazon back in April, but now feel totally justified on seeing the extended version - I don't need these wood-woven thingymybobs!  To read their complete history without clutter will be a real thrill.

Incidentally, I'm just loving the newly revamped Beatles Bio website.  I've read all 3 extracts which has further fuelled my post-publication giddiness!  The thing that stands out for me is the FAQs, a standard integration tool that is skim-read on most websites, but which are totally addictive on this site simply because of Lewisohn's unbridled passion for his subject.  I'm just going to read them again!

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Was amazed to see that the standard has 967 (or something like that) pages whilst the deluxe is nearly double the size!! Time is passing quicker that it was but still going too slowly. Hurry up November 14th.

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DrBeatle said
That would be cool. On a related note, I just received a copy of the new book about Paul, "Man On the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s" from the publisher. It focuses on his career during the span from when he married Linda in March 1969 until the end of Wings in 1981. Looks fascinating, and would love a comprehensive book on the Beatles in the 70s as well.

 

That being said, my guess is that Lewisohn ain't writing another Beatles book after volume 3! :lol:

 

That's my guess too. I'd be done and sick with them by the time I had finished volume 3. Also, nothing new to share anymore. Plus he'll probably be somewhere in his seventies. Nice time to retire.

Which version are you getting MMM?

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8The uber-deluxe. Wouldn't be able to live knowing that was out there and not owning it.

When the standard comes out in October its going to be hard to avoid reading/hearing spoilers for a month as there will no doubt be a lot of promotion on tv and in the papers and like any Beatle fan as soon as your eye or ear picks out certain words your brain automatically tunes in ignoring everything else.

 

It should be made a universal law that nothing happens to Mark Lewinsohn. Selfish yes but  a-hard-days-night-paul-11, we need these books.

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meanmistermustard said

It should be made a universal law that nothing happens to Mark Lewinsohn. Selfish yes but  a-hard-days-night-paul-11, we need these books.

Does he have bodyguards and a super smart medical doctor at his beck and call 24/7?

McCartney seems to think his vegetarianism has helped keep him young. Should we encourage Lewisohn to adopt the same diet. Perhaps Paul and his family/friends/professional chefs can cook for Lewisohn?

Is Lewisohn getting enough exercise and fresh air and sunlight?

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Lewisohn must also have a direct number for Ringo who looks amazing for someone of 73 and so must have a lot of tips and pointers. Mark can even use the pretence of research for the call.a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

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Lewisohn must also have a direct number for Ringo who looks amazing for someone of 73 and so must have a lot of tips and pointers. Mark can even use the pretence of research for the call.a-hard-days-night-ringo-4

Yep. Ringo is looking very fine.

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Joe said
Little, Brown are the UK publishers, not guilty in this case. Crown are the US publishers.

Can't you just order it from Amazon.co.uk? The price is steep at the moment, but it'll come down before publication. The standard UK version is already down from £25 to £18 and I expect the uncut version will drop too (I bloody hope so, as I've pre-ordered it). I've no idea about postage, but I know of people who ordered the forthcoming Harry Nilsson CD boxset from amazon.co.uk as it was half the price of .com, and they only paid £5 for delivery.

OK - I'm confused as to which is which.  My local bookshop shows 2 standard editions, claiming they are both from the USA.  One has a black cover and says it is from 'Crown Archetype' and says it has 944 pages, and one has a white cover and says it is published by 'Little, Brown and Company' and claims 960 pages, but later on says 800 and 16 pages of photos.  The one with the black cover is about $4 more than the one with the white cover.  It also lists the extended version but no price.

Now, I can almost afford one of the standard editions (they are around A$40 delivered) but am wondering which is the better one to buy?

 

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