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Marvin

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Books you would recommend?
« on: July 07, 2011, 06:49:14 AM »

I only have a couple of books on The Beatles and would like to add to my collection. What books would you recommend about The Beatles or about them as individuals ?

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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2011, 02:30:16 PM »

It has been out of print for a long time, but a couple I would recommend are Ray Coleman's - Lennon

Yesterday, My Life With The Beatles - Alistair Taylor

The Beatles Forever - Nicholas Schaffner

You might have a hard time finding these, but I think it would be well worth it.
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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2011, 03:16:46 PM »

The Beatles:  The Authorized Biography by Hunter Davies (1968) is the starting point of a Beatles library.


It has been out of print for a long time, but a couple I would recommend are Ray Coleman's - Lennon

Yesterday, My Life With The Beatles - Alistair Taylor

The Beatles Forever - Nicholas Schaffner

You might have a hard time finding these, but I think it would be well worth it.


All good books and easily found at:  http://www.alibris.com/
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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2011, 04:35:12 PM »

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The Beatles:  The Authorized Biography by Hunter Davies (1968) is the starting point of a Beatles library.

I've read a lot of Beatles books and this is the best. There's been several editions; the most recent from last year. "Here, There and Everywhere" by Geoff Emerick was good too and seemed pretty unbiased. "Fab", by Howard Sounes is one I wish I hadn't read.
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2011, 01:47:42 AM »

Right now I'm actually reading the Hunter Davies book The Beatles and even though I've just got done with the introduction and the 2 chapters in the beginning introducing John it seems really good so far!I'm also reading John Lennon:The Life by Philip Norman and it's really good so far,I'm at 1963 (I really should be done with it already because I got it a year ago but I was slacking on reading it for a long time).I'm also reading (I usually read more then one biography at a time,I'm sure you've noticed) I,Me,Mine which is a book about George and I'm really close to the end of it,I think that maybe I should just finish it later tonight so then I'll only be reading Davies and Norman's books.I,Me,Mine is alright,I think it has some good stuff in it but it's kind of short.I think the best part of the book is that at the end it has every song from George up to 1980.If you haven't read either of these books yet then I highly recommend them :) I also want to add to my collection of Beatle books,the ones I listed on here are the only ones I've read.
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2011, 02:20:16 AM »

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Right now I'm actually reading the Hunter Davies book
You know, when I was reading that book, every time I had it with me in public someone would ask me what I was reading. The picture drew them in!
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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2011, 07:19:16 AM »

I always come back to Bill Harry's Encyclopedia, Brian Kehew's Recording The Beatles and Mark Lewisohn's books. But there's load of good books. And bad books too unfortunately.
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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2011, 09:14:05 AM »

And bad books too unfortunately

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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2011, 04:31:09 PM »

For everyone, and especially musicians, I recommend Beatles Gear: All The Fab Four's Instruments From Stage To Studio by Andy Babiuk.


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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2011, 04:44:02 PM »

and this come next

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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #10 on: July 08, 2011, 04:59:26 PM »

Brian Kehew's Recording The Beatles

I second this one... a little pricey, and not for the casual fan. Although, anyone would enjoy at least some of it. A very scholarly work.
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« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2011, 01:44:31 PM »


I loved Here, There, and Everywhere by Geoff Emerick, as well as Cynthia Lennon's John. Patti Boyd's book Wonderful Tonight also was good. I am just about to start I, Me, Mine.

Must say I didn't care for Philip Norman's John Lennon: The Life. It was comprehensive and detailed, but Norman's clear anti-Paul bias irked me. I prefer biographers to try to remain impartial.
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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2011, 07:05:45 AM »

I bought a book whilst shopping in Tesco called THE BEATLES unseen achives with photographs by the Daily Mail newspaper compiled by Tim Hill and Marie Clayton does anyone else have this book? If so what did you think? I can't really complain either way because there a lots of photographs the recomended price is £24.99 and i paid £5. it has info on events in The Beatles lives from Brian Epstein's birth on 19 sept 1936 to the death of George on 29th Nov 2001 so is an old book. Thank you all for the replys so far keep them coming

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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2011, 07:33:55 AM »

I bought a book whilst shopping in Tesco called THE BEATLES unseen achives with photographs by the Daily Mail newspaper compiled by Tim Hill and Marie Clayton does anyone else have this book? If so what did you think? I can't really complain either way because there a lots of photographs the recomended price is £24.99 and i paid £5. it has info on events in The Beatles lives from Brian Epstein's 19 sept 1936 to the death of George on 29th Nov 2001 so is an old book. Thank you all for the replys so far keep them coming

Marv

I got this one too. I wouldn't recommend it as a must-have, but it's a nice enough book to have a look into every now and then.
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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2011, 02:18:00 PM »

I would also recommend any of Bruce Spizer's books.

http://beatle.net/
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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2011, 08:12:10 PM »

This summer, we had to read a biography about someone. Most people chose athletes or US presidents... I chose The Beatles! The book I'm reading is "The Beatles: A Biography" by Bob Spitz.
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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2011, 07:03:28 AM »

The book I'm reading is "The Beatles: A Biography" by Bob Spitz.

Don't get me started again. ;D
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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2012, 01:03:19 AM »

I'd highly recommend these...
"Here There and Everywhere," Geoff Emerick...
"You Never Give Me Your Money." Doggett.
"Many Years Ago." Miles
"The Beatles." Spitz
"The Final Days of John Lennon." Seamann.
Any reference book by Lewisohn.
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Re: Books you would recommend?
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2012, 12:10:57 AM »

Always enjoyed reading Cynthia's book Twist of Lennon. Very nicely written and drawn :)
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