The Beatles, All These Years

The Beatles, All These Years

Volume 1, Tune in

Book - 2013
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Tune In is the first volume of a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962--when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity. They've one hit record ("Love Me Do") behind them and the next ("Please Please Me") primed for release, their first album session is booked, and America is clear on the horizon. This is the lesser-known Beatles story--the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg--and in many respects the most absorbing period of them all.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, [2013]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781400083053
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092/2 23
Characteristics: x, 932 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: All these years.
Tune in.


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Dec 26, 2013

I disagree with tinybookworm -- there is TONS of new information in this book, thanks to the massive amount of research in original documents and the hundreds of interviews. For instance, the full story of how exactly they got their Parlophone deal has never been told like this -- and neither the Beatles nor George Martin ever knew it.

Lewisohn is especially good on the milieu out of which the Beatles arose -- the streets and scenes around Liverpool (I recommend reading this with Google Streetview open -- many of these places still exist, though sometimes greatly changed). The Beatles did not appear out of nowhere; they had a lot of help, from a lot of remarkable people, and they came from a very remarkable PLACE (and time, of course).

Another thing Lewisohn excels at is uncertainty, of which there is a great deal. He gives all the tellings of all the stories, since no one will ever know the exact truth about many of them (if there even is one). Memory is a tricky thing, and this group has always attracted an unusual amount of mythologizing. Lewisohn navigates these mysteries brilliantly. He corrects a million errors, and brings a million more dark corners to the light.

This book instantly supercedes all previous writing about the Beatles up to 1963. Don't read that -- read this. I can't wait for Volume Two.


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