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A Hard Day's Write, Revised Edition: The Stories Behind Every Beatles' Song Paperback – November 1, 1999
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Steve Turner provides the stories behind every one of the Beatles songs, including "Free As a Bird" and all the songs from "Anthology" and "Live at the BBC" that would not be covered by the other albums. The book is divided into 14 chapters representing 17 albums ("Magical Mystery Tour" and "Yellow Submarine" are combined, as are the three "Anthology" albums). Turner is following the British albums and including those songs that ended up on the two "Masterworks" collections with the albums that were being recorded (e.g., "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "With the Beatles," "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Field Forever" with "Sgt. Pepper"). It does not include the songs by other writers that the Beatles covered during their early years.
Turner makes the point that this is not a book that is attempting to explain what the Beatles "were really trying to say," but tells us about the ideas and inspirations behind these songs, as well as dispelling some of the popular myths connected to some of these songs.Read more ›
The story behind 'A Day In the Life' is riveting and is partly based on a personal tragedy for Paul.
Find out what John's inspiration was for 'Tomorrow Never Knows.' Does Dr. Robert really exist? 'She's Leaving Home' is based on a true story Paul had read about in a newspaper. Which was the first Beatles song not to be about love? Learn how much of an influence Dr. Timothy O'Leary was. Who's Ocean Child ('Julia')? Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is behind a few songs, but not always the way you might think! A song based on a conversation with Peter Fonda? You bet! What's the story of the sitar in 'Norwegian Wood,' and just who is the mysterious woman in whose bathtub John slept? I could go on and on!
The text is very well researched, and includes quotes from people who were involved with the Beatles.
The photos are excellent and add to the realness of the songs. See Eleanor Rigby's gravestone, Matt Busby (from 'Dig It')and the man who 'blew his mind out in a car.'
AHDW is thorough, accurate and FUN to read. If I could, I'd give it 10 stars!
Light is thrown on the old chestnuts; Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, Helter Skelter, Lucy etc. Charles Manson's ravings are included. Boy, he could see apocalypse on a blank page.
The book mirrors the way the guys honed their songwriting skills and matured from the lightweight fun of the early songs into depth and genuine insight from Rubber Soul on.
In conclusion, Mr Taylor has joined the pantheon of great Beatles chroniclers, Hunter Davies, Philip Norman and Ian MacDonald and produced an utterly glorious 'let me take you back...'
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Lots of fun and interesting information but— my god!— it certainly needs a better editor. Awful sentence structure, bad if not down-right weird punctuation errors, and occasional... Read morePublished 1 month ago by A great fan
This is a great book! The author of the book certainly did his research into the subject well. I learned some things that I didn’t know before. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William
This is a great little book with the back stories of each and every Beatles song! I'm a life-long Beatles fan--one of the many 14 yr old screamers!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by francesca
Certainly was a ‘hard day’s proof read’. The book is riddle with faulty sentence structure.
Some examples from the 2012 Carlton Books Limited edition. Read more
Great book! Love the details about how The Beatles songs were inspired.Published 7 months ago by D. Roberg