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Author Topic: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?  (Read 47604 times)

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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2007, 06:28:15 PM »

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I just ordered that from Amazon Marketplace for £0.99, brand new!!
Eek! Thanks, BlueMeanie! I'm off to Amazon... again!

I'm just finished Simon Leng's excellent book While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison. Wow! Finally someone has done an insightful and satisfying exploration of George's life. This is the kind of book I wish had been available when George died. I intend to read it again, listening to every song as I go through (I was too impatient this time to do that).

Unlike some others  ::), Leng did thorough research of his subject. He knows George's music inside and out, and can place it appropriately into the musical context of what was going on at the time. Clearly Leng's interests include all music, and he supplements his knowledge with numerous interviews with Harrison's musical buddies. What's also amazing is that this book is so well written, it made me laugh out loud a few times. Just a delight from cover to cover.

Here's an example of one of his song reviews, in this case, "Simply Shady". Leng does a musical appraisal, and then places the song in the context of George's life and the times:

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"Simply Shady" could have been based on a Young rocker, not only because of the slightly ragged, gruff vocals and earthy arrangement, but also because of the decidedly no-frills production. Unfortunately for George, the world was not ready for his reincarnation as Neil Young, and the song was panned...
"Simply Shady" neatly shatters the "Beatle George" image and reveals the uncomfortable truths of life. Too much drink and failed relationships are hardly uncommon experiences but, for fans readying their Sgt. Pepper costumes for the Dark Horse tour, it was all too much.
I love this book so much I plan to start a thread on it soon. It might have to wait a few weeks until my schedule loosens up, but I look forward to sharing other excerpts and discussing it with you all. Cheers!
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2007, 07:00:02 PM »

I just started reading "The Beatles Songbook I". It's only the lyrics of the songs with some remarks at the side. I find it interesting to read the songs  ;D lots of short stories, but makes a change to the listening experience.  :)
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2007, 07:52:45 PM »

None at the mo - Just dipping into Revolution In The Head from time to time.
Just flick through the pages and reading up on songs I'm enjoying at the moment.

Macdonald highlighted a 'bass flourish' during the song 'The Word' at approx 1:15 .. so I went and listened to one speaker ... and smiled when I heard what he was describing .... my girlfriend just shakes her head from time to time  :B
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2007, 08:29:15 PM »

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Macdonald highlighted a 'bass flourish' during the song 'The Word' at approx 1:15 .. so I went and listened to one speaker ... and smiled when I heard what he was describing ....
Indica, I'm just as bad. *high fives you*  :D

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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2007, 11:49:10 PM »

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I'm very glad to hear your opinion of Ringo's Postcards From the Boys. I hope I can pick that up sometime; it seems light and sweet. :) Thanks.


I have that book! I havn't read it yet!
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #25 on: January 27, 2007, 05:40:52 AM »

I've been reading through The Beatles: Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn recently while listening to my Beatles collection on my iPod.
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2007, 07:06:11 AM »

I just started reading "The Longest Cocktail Party"  it's about Apple and how it started and collapsed written by Richard Dilello  "The House Hippie" who was there from beginning to end.  It's good so far Derek Taylor was his boss and right know he's talking about when Apple released "Two Virgins" and the infamous cover.
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2007, 11:30:03 AM »

Nice LENNON picture MR. KITE. ;D

Im reading SHOUT by PHILIP NORMAN again ,the first time i read i was 18 years old when it came out !
Still a definative BEATLES book and a joy to read.  
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #28 on: March 11, 2007, 08:30:21 PM »

Mark Lewisohn's Complete Chronicle ...
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #29 on: March 11, 2007, 08:46:27 PM »

Ive been reading LENNON LEGEND ,AN ILLISTRATED LIFE OF JOHN LENNON, and you get an exact replica of the lyrics of LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS by courtsey of d.. opps
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #30 on: March 12, 2007, 02:30:30 AM »

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None at the mo - Just dipping into Revolution In The Head from time to time.
Just flick through the pages and reading up on songs I'm enjoying at the moment.

Macdonald highlighted a 'bass flourish' during the song 'The Word' at approx 1:15 .. so I went and listened to one speaker ... and smiled when I heard what he was describing .... my girlfriend just shakes her head from time to time  :B

I take it you are as much a music nut as Me!!!!!!!!!!!! :D 8)
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #31 on: March 12, 2007, 10:35:37 AM »

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None at the mo - Just dipping into Revolution In The Head from time to time.
Just flick through the pages and reading up on songs I'm enjoying at the moment.

Macdonald highlighted a 'bass flourish' during the song 'The Word' at approx 1:15 .. so I went and listened to one speaker ... and smiled when I heard what he was describing .... my girlfriend just shakes her head from time to time  :B

That is the beauty of that book for sure. ;). One of my faves. A must have for any music playing Beatle fan.
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #32 on: March 13, 2007, 05:45:30 PM »

I read "The Beatles" by Bob Spitz.  (Never read a full Beatles bio before, but read many others about classic rock bands.)  

I thought it was one of the best books I've ever read.
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #33 on: March 13, 2007, 07:59:41 PM »

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I read "The Beatles" by Bob Spitz.  (Never read a full Beatles bio before, but read many others about classic rock bands.)  

I thought it was one of the best books I've ever read.


Hi Silby, welcome to DM's.
But I gotta correct you. The Beatles by Bob Spitz is full of wrong information. Funny thing is that critics loved the book, Beatles fans most often did not. In fact, there is a special site that is trying to sum up each and every mistake Spitz made. It's here: http://www.daytrippin.com/reviews.htm#spitz%20review
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #34 on: March 13, 2007, 09:30:28 PM »

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Hi Silby, welcome to DM's.
But I gotta correct you. The Beatles by Bob Spitz is full of wrong information. Funny thing is that critics loved the book, Beatles fans most often did not. In fact, there is a special site that is trying to sum up each and every mistake Spitz made. It's here: http://www.daytrippin.com/reviews.htm#spitz%20review


Unfortunately, the critics are not always the experts.
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #35 on: March 13, 2007, 10:08:55 PM »

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Unfortunately, the critics are not always the experts.
You know, this explains a lot. I have been frequently disappointed by supposedly "well-regarded" books on the Beatles. But unless you read a lot of them, you don't really build up enough of a picture to know when someone is just repeating stories that they've heard, or even just making things up that don't mesh with other very good evidence we have, such as recorded events or interviews.

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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #36 on: March 13, 2007, 11:29:43 PM »

Mr.Spitz - oh dear .... Some of those errors are ridiculous!
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #37 on: March 17, 2007, 03:19:58 PM »

Undated version of 'Shout' by Phillip Norman. Great Read!!  
I wanna read Bob Spitz book but i've reading dodgy reviews.
(maybe will read to make my own opinion!)
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #38 on: March 21, 2007, 05:12:17 AM »

I dont like the language Philip Norman uses in Shout. I was trying to get Bob Spitz for ages (waiting for the price to go down)... im still waiting. But at the mo im reading Cellerful of Noise
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Re: Which Beatle book are you reading right now?
« Reply #39 on: March 21, 2007, 08:17:58 AM »

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I was trying to get Bob Spitz for ages (waiting for the price to go down)... im still waiting.

Keep waiting. It's not worth the money.
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