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The Beatles: The Biography by Bob Spitz
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I think this is the book where he says Patti and George met on the set of Help...I found a few mistakes which quite annoyed me. He heavily used the official bio of the Beatles from 1968 by Hunter Davies for source quotes.

I know I'm responding to a very old quote . . but was the Hunter Davies biography lacking in the credibility department? . . are there any glaring misnomers?

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Here's a thread for the Hunter Davies book.

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deboraht said
I think this is the book where he says Patti and George met on the set of Help...I found a few mistakes which quite annoyed me. He heavily used the official bio of the Beatles from 1968 by Hunter Davies for source quotes.

I know I'm responding to a very old quote . . but was the Hunter Davies biography lacking in the credibility department? . . are there any glaring misnomers?

The Davies book is quite good and fairly accurate, especially given the state of Beatles knowledge and research in 1966-68. Here's my write-up of it --> http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....atles.html

The Spitz book is an atrocity...one of the few books in my life that I literally threw out in the garbage...it sadly survived a garage flood but I still joyously threw it in the trash with my ruined stuff. Good riddance to very bad rubbish (and same to Spitz himself, what a loathsome cretin)

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DrBeatle said

Don.W said

deboraht said
I think this is the book where he says Patti and George met on the set of Help...I found a few mistakes which quite annoyed me. He heavily used the official bio of the Beatles from 1968 by Hunter Davies for source quotes.

I know I'm responding to a very old quote . . but was the Hunter Davies biography lacking in the credibility department? . . are there any glaring misnomers?

The Davies book is quite good and fairly accurate, especially given the state of Beatles knowledge and research in 1966-68. Here's my write-up of it --> http://rnrchemist.blogspot.com.....atles.html

The Spitz book is an atrocity...one of the few books in my life that I literally threw out in the garbage...it sadly survived a garage flood but I still joyously threw it in the trash with my ruined stuff. Good riddance to very bad rubbish (and same to Spitz himself, what a loathsome cretin)

It seems like he did a good job of packaging the book because if you judge a book by it's cover you'd practically think it was an official Beatles product. The cover seems like it's meant to appeal to Beatles fans 

 

Just read your review on the book, is there a difference in the editions besides the forward?

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18 March 2016 - 9.06am

@Bullion are you asking about the Davies book? As far as I know, just the continually added/updated afterwords. The main text of the book is unchanged.

What I'd REALLY like to read someday, if it'll ever happen, is Davies' unedited manuscript. He has mentioned several times over the years that the Brian Epstein and John's Aunt Mimi, in particular, wanted large sections scrubbed out. I'd especially love to read the bits Mimi wanted cut.

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23 March 2016 - 12.05pm

Not sure where else to put this but its by the same author so what the hey.

You can download two Spitz books 'The Beatles’ Story on Capitol Records: Part One: The Singles' and 'Part Two: The Albums' from Spitz's website; both have been revised, expanded and updated and are said to be very good. To buy one is $50, to buy both is $80. 

Now yes I'm old, grumpy and not with the times but for $80 I want to be able to feel the paper and enjoy reading an actual book, not swiping my device to turn the page. I want to have to be careful that I dont get it all dogeared and wonder how i fit the book in my bag when its stuffed, not worry that my mobile device is running out of power.

You can download the extended 'Tune In' for less than half the price of both of these and then go and waste the rest on some crap Apple merchandise.

 

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meanmistermustard said
Not sure where else to put this but its by the same author so what the hey.

You can download two Spitz books 'The Beatles’ Story on Capitol Records: Part One: The Singles' and 'Part Two: The Albums' from Spitz's website; both have been revised, expanded and updated and are said to be very good. To buy one is $50, to buy both is $80. 

Now yes I'm old, grumpy and not with the times but for $80 I want to be able to feel the paper and enjoy reading an actual book, not swiping my device to turn the page. I want to have to be careful that I dont get it all dogeared and wonder how i fit the book in my bag when its stuffed, not worry that my mobile device is running out of power.

You can download the extended 'Tune In' for less than half the price of both of these and then go and waste the rest on some crap Apple merchandise.

 

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No no no! Don't confuse Bruce Spizer with Bob Spitz – the former is a respected author of some really good (albeit eye-wateringly expensive) reference books.

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Joe said
No no no! Don't confuse Bruce Spizer with Bob Spitz – the former is a respected author of some really good (albeit eye-wateringly expensive) reference book

Thats my really bad bad. Apologies to Bruce Spizer and Bob Spitz - and everyone else affected by such a silly needless mistake. Tho i guarantee I will make the balls-up again.apple01 

Only fair I edit and correct my post, even tho we are in the wrong thread.

meanmistermustard said
Not sure where else to put this but its by the same author so what the hey. [Ignore that, i made a mistake. Its not the same author and this is the wrong thread.] 

You can download two Spitzer books 'The Beatles’ Story on Capitol Records: Part One: The Singles' and 'Part Two: The Albums' from Spizer's website; both have been revised, expanded and updated and are said to be very good. To buy one is $50, to buy both is $80. 

Now yes I'm old, grumpy and not with the times but for $80 I want to be able to feel the paper and enjoy reading an actual book, not swiping my device to turn the page. I want to have to be careful that I dont get it all dogeared and wonder how i fit the book in my bag when its stuffed, not worry that my mobile device is running out of power.

You can download the extended 'Tune In' for less than half the price of both of these and then go and waste the rest on some crap Apple merchandise.

 

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Joe said
No no no! Don't confuse Bruce Spizer with Bob Spitz – the former is a respected author of some really good (albeit eye-wateringly expensive) reference books.

Agreed! I know who Spizer is...I thought in that last post that Spitz had branched out into more Beatles books, didn't realize they were Spizer. Bruce's books are great even if they're overpriced.

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