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Fab Four FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Beatles . and More! (Faq Series) Paperback – July 1, 2007


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  • Series: Faq Series
  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp,2007; illustrated edition edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423421388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423421382
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Any book that can teach you this much about something you already know a lot about is a very good book. --Seattle Stranger, 9/26/2007

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This is a very fun read.
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Written concisely in an easy to read, fun format, even an ardent Beatles fan will discover new facts.
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I can only hope they're serious.....
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David J. Hogan on September 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Not strictly an "FAQ," as the title suggests, but better, because authors Shea & Rodriguez have unearthed Beatles-related information that practically NO ONE would even think to ask about. Great fun, with loads of insider details, insights, and surprises. Separate chapters encompass live performances, unreleased tracks, variant recordings, original (and unused) song titles, uncredited Beatle studio help on the records of others, the Beatles' in-studio collaborators, unusual cover versions of Beatles songs, the boys' movie careers, wives & girlfriends, and much more. And all told, mind you, via extraordinary research and lively prose. This is NOT a mere list book, but a smart, essential addition to your Beatles collection. Pleasing foreword by Byrds founding member Chris Hillman; and a charmingly personal afterword by Apple songwriter/recording artist Jackie Lomax. Plus dozens of unusual photos, drawings, and other epehemera.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Film Fan on September 1, 2007
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Even the most ardent Beatle fan just might find something new in this well written, fact filled book. Easy to browse through and unfailingly interesting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barnard Rollit VINE VOICE on March 8, 2008
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...at least in my collection of Beatles literature, which began with the original edition of Tony Carr's The Beatles An Illustrated Record and was most recently augmented by five of Bruce Spizer's excellent hardbacks on the group's American record releases. This volume, while hardly exhaustive in terms of the detail that could have been gone into on the subjects it covers, did a good job of reminding this long-time fan that there are still many nooks and crannies in the lives and careers of the Beatles worth looking into. Even material on matters I would not normally have found interesting as such drew me in, and before I knew it I'd practically read the darn thing from cover to cover!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank Miranda on July 27, 2009
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I didn't expect much when I picked up this book. Having read the Davies and Norman Beatles biographies, Lewisohn's superb books on their recording sessions, all the Spizer books on their American records, Bill Harry's encyclopedia, and numerous other tomes, I figured Shea and Rodriguez would just rehash the same old Beatles trivia. Happily, I was mistaken! This book is a genuine treasure! Between Chris Hillman's foreword and Jackie Lomax's afterword there is a wealth of info that even dyed-in-the-wool Beatlemaniacs can sink their canines into. Sure, some of it has seen the light of day before but a lot of it is surprisingly fresh -- or at least freshly presented. You'd be hard-pressed to find a similar book organized in such an entertaining and highly readable fashion. I was actually sad when I came to the end! Another bonus, though: It's a great reference text!
The chapters are cleverly titled with snippets of Beatles lyrics and the topics include such fun reads as Beatle children, Beatle wives and girlfriends (are you listening, Bill Harry? Your vaunted encyclopedia totally ignored Maureen Starkey!!), villains in the Beatle story, fellow actors and actresses in their movies, their favorite brands of instruments, musical role switches on certain songs, obscure people in the Beatles orbit, other acts that toured with them, songs they wrote for others, etc., etc., etc. "Fab Four Faqs" is really a misnomer; the book is actually a long series of lists but fleshed out with some revealing (to me, at least) details. The authors have a witty, often irreverent, style but their love for their subject spills from every page.
At various times throughout the book, Shea and Rodriguez say that "another book" is needed to cover many of the people, places, and events they only allude to because of space constraints. I can only hope they're serious.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erich Zann on March 14, 2012
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This is a delightful book. As a lifelong Beatles fan (born a week after they debuted on "Ed Sullivan," no less; my folks, both very musical, watched - Mom, younger and Kennedy-enamored, liked them, while Dad, older and a loyal Nixon man, thought they looked "like sissies") who has always viewed, to some degree, his life, the world, and cultural history through a "Beatles lens," I know a thing or two about the Fabs myself, so I dove into "Fab Four FAQ" with equal parts enthusiasm and skepticism. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! "FFF" contains a treasure trove of fascinating data, divided into skim-friendly categories that cover nearly every interesting facet of the lives, careers, and output of the Greatest Of All Rock Bands.

Penned by Chicago writers Stuart Shea and Robert Rodriguez, the book's prose is direct, witty, and unpretentious, showing real love for its subject but never devolving into hagiography or sensationalism. An erudite but entertaining tone is maintained throughout, and the authors manage both to surprise the reader with new facts (I, for one, never knew that Paul submitted the saccharine "Your Mother Should Know" to the rest of the boys for the '67 "Our World" broadcast [they wisely passed on it for John's "All You Need Is Love"], or that the lowest voice in the hypnotic vocal mid-section of John's "Dear Prudence" isn't a Beatle at all but their pal and Apple label mate Jackie Lomax) while simultaneously adding color and nuance to four of the most overanalyzed personalities in pop culture. Sometimes this takes the form of pointed questions in the face of circumstantial evidence (e.g.
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