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The Beatles: 10 YEARS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD Hardcover – October 4, 2004
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"The Beatles: 1,000 Days That Shook the World, the Psychedelic Beatles, April 1, 1965 to December 26, 1967", published in 2002,
"The Beatles: 1,000 Days of Beatlemania, the Early Years, April 1, 1962 to December 31, 1964", published in 2003, and
"The Beatles: 1,000 Days of Revolution, the Beatles Final Years, January 1, 1968 to September 27, 1969" published in 2003.
This book is an exact reprint of each of these magazines with the minor changes of some type and background colors and a very few substituted photographs. The original magazines covered specific 1,000 days periods in the history of the Beatles. This book includes additional articles in the same format from before, in-between, and after the period dates covered in the magazines to flesh-out a full ten year period from the beginning to end of the 1960s, with some coverage of the band's earliest origins in the 1950s.
Rather than offer a running text with photographs of the history of the Beatles, as is the format of most books on the Beatles, this book offers dozens of individually written articles, many by the finest known authors on the subjects of rock music history and the Beatles in peticular, each covering some specific aspect of the Beatles. Each record, each concert tour, each motion picture is covered in depth, but what is so particularly interesting about this book is that with its magazine format of individual articles, this book offers dozens of one-or-two page articles that report in incredible detail specific incidents about the Beatles that usually only receive two-or-three lines of type in even the very best books about the Beatles. Also, it seems there were smallish events about the Beatles back in England that made the daily papers over there that might not have been as widely reported here in the U. S. Because of the decidedly British veiwpoint of this book those long-ago remembered newspaper items are recalled here with detail and humor.
Two specific examples from the descriptions in the previous paragraph:
1.) Raymond Jones is often mentioned as the first customer to inquire about the Beatles at Brian Epstein's record shop. It was Epstein's determination to find out about this local musical group which started the Beatles to international fame. That early fan is thus honored in this book with a two page article, interview, and photographs. Indeed, a pivitol character in the Beatles' story.
2.) It seems that Brian Epstein (by this time the group's manager) was distracted from the group for perhaps a day, long enough for a fund raising executive from a major British charitable organization to get the Beatles to pose for photos showing he and them holding the charity's placcards and collection cups, which made it into the newspapers that same day. An article in this book details this brief incident and how hard Epstein hit the roof when he saw the pictures in the papers!
This book is just full of stuff like this, really great articles and photographs the likes of which I never seen in any other books about the Beatles, of which there are more than I can count.
Having said all this, I can say that this is one of the very finest books about the Beatles I have ever seen. I urge all fans of the Beatles who care to read about the group to please own a copy of this book.
A final postscript: The first of the three Mojo magazine special editions ("the Psychedelic Beatles") fetches fairly high prices for used copies. It seems this issue was not widely distributed at newsstands in the U. S., whereas the second and third editions were indeed widely available on U. S. newsstands and do not re-sale for nearly as much.
The format of the book is quite easy to follow and there are many interesting 1-2 page chapters about little "side aspects" of the Beatles such as the "Butcher Cover", the Beatles burning in 1966, their 2 day horror ride in the Phillipines and the mysterious, legendary Raymond Jones amongst many, many items. This is an England-based perspective so the well presented LP reviews focus on the original UK format releases. The supplied "calendar chronology" supplies us with key dates in Beatles History however I suspect that it isn't deliberately "thorough" as it is ground that's already been covered in books such as Mark Lewisohn's "The Beatles Chronicle" or "The Beatles: A Diary" by Miles. This is not a criticism, just an observation. I would advise readers to view those particular books for even more minute day-by-day detail if that's what you crave. As a book it is quite an interesting read though I've had more a cursory glance at it than read it cover to cover, however I'm very glad I bought it. It's a book that I've picked up repeatedly since it arrived.
Having over 50 of them, I'm particularly selective of the Beatles books that I buy. There are so many more out there. It's offers enough different elements of he lads to warrant having this book in my collection. I'm proud to own it and you will be too.
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