As expected, the new Mark Lewisohn’s book, All These Years – Tune In
, is really refreshing and fully informative. An excellent read indeed. Amongst other things, I was pleasantly surprised to notice that not only Mark confirms the main conclusions previously developed in Fact and Fiction 1960-1962
, but he also relies on them (the book is fully credited in the end notes). This is especially true for Polydor recordings of 1961-62 (and of course the persistent Swanee River
myth) as well as the sacking of Pete Best : as exactly shown and proved before, his drumming abilities, which were limited, were not strong enough for the Beatles. Moreover, it is clear that the 3 other Beatles would never become close friends with him due to his shy personality and need for independence. The other theories, true or speculative, are dismissed as peripheral smokescreen.