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You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup Paperback – October 4, 2011
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“I had such a ball reading You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup that once I finished, I returned to page one and read it all over again.” (Newsweek)
“Elegant and deeply researched...You Never Give Me Your Money posits a nuanced afterlife for the Beatles. [Peter Doggett] has found a new lens (and much new information) through which to consider the band.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Doggett has crafted an authentic and enlightening book full of myth-busting surprises and insight.” (Library Journal)
“Fascinating…Doggett captures the competitive sparks that flew among the four men, especially between Lennon and Paul McCartney, and also the mutual affection that formed the basis of their complicated relationships…A must for Beatles fans and good for more casual pop-music enthusiasts, too.” (Booklist)
“Peter Doggett’s book about the Beatles’ split is a real page-turner.” (Annie Lennox)
“an enthralling new book on [The Beatles]…impossible to put down” (The Independent)
“Doggett, a music journalist, offers refreshingly straightforward and highly readable portraits of the leading players” (Daily Telegraph (London))
“a gripping account that portrays [The Beatles] as something much more interesting than the airbrushed Gods we’ve recently seen: damaged, eternally bickering men, left punch-drunk by the group’s success” (The Guardian)
“What Doggett has achieved is a laying bare of the darker consequences of enormous fame and wealth. Yes, there is the glory but there’s also the concomitant pressure of how to deal with the myth and the legacy while trying to keep four very different voices in harmony.” (Irish Times)
“Doggett’s book charts an admirably unstarry-eyed path through the break-up of the band and beyond.” (Metro London)
“[Doggett’s] identification of the forces that drove The Beatles apart and kept them so for the best part of 30 years is not new, but his forensic tenacity and unyielding gaze are.” (Mojo)
“a breathtaking record of uncontrolled fame’s grotesque side-effects” (Q)
More About the Author
A regular contributor to Mojo, Q and GQ, his books include The Art and Music of John Lennon, a volume detailing the creation of the Beatles' Let It Be and Abbey Road albums; the pioneering study of the collision between rock and country music, Are You Ready for the Country?, There's a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars and the Rise and Fall of 60s Counter-culture, and, most recently,You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup, out in June of 2010.
Top Customer Reviews
From the beginning the Beatles were a vast source of untold wealth and everybody wanted a piece. Bad business decisions abounded from the beginning. The worst was probably turning things over to Allen Klein after Brian Epstein's death.Read more ›
The first third of the book is devoted to The Beatles before and on the cusp of the break up including a discussion of Allen Klein, the Eastmans and the legal issues/conflicts between those outside of the Beatles camp and inside. The majority of the book though focuses everything from the petty (George stating sarcastically suggesting that Paul talked about recording some of John's songs because he ran out of good ones himself) to the major (the conflict between George, Ringo and Yoko when Paul set up a higher royalty rate that tied into his solo career but also effected his Beatles recordings as well that the other three weren't privy to).
"You Never Give Me Your Money" focuses on the legal squabbles and difficulties that John, Paul, George and Ringo faced in the aftermath of their massive success. The band faced friends who robbed them, each other in courtrooms,EMI the company they recorded for and their own personal demons of living up to the reputation that was bigger than all of them.Read more ›
After reading You Never Give Me Your Money, the answer becomes clear. From the late 60's on, the Beatles were rarely on the same page on anything, and with the exception of Ringo, all three seemed to be on opposite sides of ambivilent or excited about the propsects of reuniting at any given time.
You Never Give Me Your Money opens on the event that forever ensured that the Beatles would be shattered, the death of John Lennon. This event becomes the turning point for the group not just because the co-frontman for the group is dead, but because his widow, Yoko Ono, essentially becomes the fourth Beatle in negotiations and discussions. By the end of the book, it is clear that Yoko controlled John in life, and her grip in death ensured that any activity envolving the Beatles would not be for the joy of making music, but a business transaction in which the image of John was the most important thing.
Truthfully, no Beatle comes off great here. Paul is seen as the consumate hard working musician who leads a life of diminishing musical returns. He's bossy, a bit delusional, and always trying to boost his self esteem and position with his mates in the band.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting take as the book focuses on the Apple legacy from the late 60's through recent times. Amazing how much money was wasted in litigation.Published 11 hours ago by Peter F Raleigh
Found myself at first intrigued by all the complex legal maneuvering but ultimately weary and dejected by all the sadness, destruction of friendships and missed opportunity for 4... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Dan Marconi
Even to a fairly knowledgable Beatles fan, there was much to learn from this book. The author has woven so many stories into one cohesive narrative, even when we jump from one era... Read morePublished 24 days ago by ErickinOKC
Excellent book about a time in the Beatles History that not everyone writes or knows about.Published 2 months ago by Jim Miller
Another very good Beatle book! I am a Beatle nut and really enjoyed this.Published 2 months ago by D. Kurz
Exceptionally well researched and written. Poignant and sad. The Beatles shouldn't have ended like it did. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott Reed
To me, the error about Klaatu raises questions everywhere else. Seems well researched otherwise.I'd recommend it to Beatles fans though.Published 3 months ago by David Reese
The book seems well written and well-researched. The absence of the 5th star is for two reasons, one of which is the author's responsibility and one of which is not. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. Huguelet