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"Masterly...A deep, serious, and accomplished account worthy of the most important band in the world...A book that, although exceptionally lengthy, is actually the perfect size...Spitz expertly captures the sense of time and place to frame his story."―Tom Sykes, New York Post
"Richly detailed...The Beatles comes as close to being a quick read as any 983-page book has a right to be...Spitz also does a remarkable job capturing the distinct qualities of each Beatle."―Jonathan Bor, Baltimore Sun
"Juicy, detailed, well-written, and authoritative...What makes Spitz's book a standout is his attention to visual detail...He has a knack for description and for cliffhangers. Every chapter of The Beatles promises more misery for the lads, more pleasure, more surprise."―David Kirby, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Beatlemaniacs will swoon."―People
"Riveting...Startlingly well-reported and consistently engaging...Even though the Beatles story is well known, Spitz has fleshed it out fully, revealing the flawed, singularly creative human beings behind the lovable moptop image....What Spitz does exceptionally well is contextualize."―Carlo Wolff, Boston Globe
"In its scope, structure, and sheer length, this meaty 983-page true-life epic unfolds as a sort of Beatles's War and Peace...Spitz's genius is how he stitches together available Beatles knowledge with the artistry of a fine novelist."―Michael Tarm, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Spitz has done a masterful job of focusing his kaleidoscope eyes on the greatest pop thing since Jesus."―Richard Gehr, Village Voice
"Spitz knows his subject. His encyclopedic grasp pervades every page.―Joe Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle
"Spitz marshals a staggering mass of research...The early chapters are irresistible; they have the hypnotic effect of a film clip run backward."―Lev Grossman, Time
About the Author
- Publisher : Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (October 10, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 992 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316013315
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316013314
- Item Weight : 2.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.75 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #223,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The behind-the-scene narrative is what adds an unforgettable flavor to this work. The amphetamine-fueled band toured Germany for months, playing nightly for hours on end while honing their live show to a razor's edge. Upon discovery by Brian Epstein, they were more than ready to take the journey to America and rewrite rock history. They became icons overnight, worshiped by screaming teens at every live appearance. Ironically it put an end to their live performances as it was impossible for them to hear themselves onstage. They went on to set new industry standards for record sales and earn every award in the music business. It was the simmering rivalry between Lennon and Mc Cartney that finally caused the band to dissolve.
This is not only an indispensable collector's item for Beatles fans and rock lovers, but a worthy guide for any young musician seeking guidance towards a music career. Bob Spitz's work is one you won't do without.
The best part of the book was revealing how much a part of the process George Martin and his team of tech heads were to making the Beatles even better. The band used the studio as an instrument, and Martin & Pals were there to show them how to do so.
Not a homily to the Fab Four as people - this book shows them as they were, warts and all. You did NOT want to meet Paul or John, not the most decent of people by a long stretch.
Bottom line highly recommended...for a Beatles fan who wants to know everything (and I mean everything) about the Fab Four and their music.
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In fairness the sheer effort at leaving no stone unturned does uncover the odd interesting insight but these are submerged by the grotesque lack of editing. It used to be said the White Album was a good single album fighting to get out of a double - wrongly I think - but maybe this is a good and much shorter book fighting to get out of an obese monster. Bob Spitz clearly loves the Beatles but sometimes love is not all you need.