A positive about the book is the continuing rehabilitation of Ringo. He's been one of the most unfairly maligned musicians. The book shows he was a respected and in-demand drummer when the Beatles snapped him up. If not the best pop/rock drummer in Liverpool at the time (and for musos it's probably a silly thing to even try to quantify) he was certainly up there.
I agree moog, I think Ringo came across as a bit of a clown led a lot of people to think he wasn't a seriously good drummer, when in fact he was, any drummer who is able to play the myriad of styles The Beatles recorded over the years has to be good.
Its obvious from the book that 'they' (the boys) knew Ringo was their man, from 1st trip to Hamburg, John has said it, I think they were just waiting till the time was right to get Ringo, they liked him , he liked them, Pete never hung around with them, he hardly ever spoke and had one good rhythm in his hands.
The Beatles Fact and Fiction 1960-1962 (October 2009).
Eric. Id like to get hold of a copy of this, who is selling it ?