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I would recommend everything from Mark Lewisohn!
on February 5, 2012
What you will learn reading this book is how hard the Beatles worked to "make it". Mark Lewisohn provides the cold research that shows just how hard the Beatles worked, usually 6 nights out of 7 with a day or two of multiple shows and about half the shows for short money. Fame didn't beat a path to the door of the Beatles, after Hamburg, where they worked very hard, they were in every venue they could possible work, and this book details that path. Reading the recording of appearances it made you feel good that something so highly achieved did not come cheaply. They killed themselves to achieve their fame. Mark Lewiston, my god, as a super Beatles fan I'm glad to know there is a person obsessessed with bringing all the historical documents together to form the story that we know happened (and from which our theorys can start). Mark Lewisohn doesn't publish heresay, but only facts he can find such as old advertising posters, apearance contracts or redundant stories. It's a great read, though it's like reading a travel itineary, it's very enlightening to show the Beatles path to fame and the hard work it took to get there.
BTW, Lewisohn wrote the Beatles Recording Cronicles which details the Beatles recording history, and I am anticipating his two volume biography of the Beatles coming out any time between 2013 and 2015. And I am not a paid spokesperson for Mr. Lewisohn.