- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (January 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140253017
- ISBN-13: 978-0140253016
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,103,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Day John Met Paul: An Hour-By-Hour Account of How the Beatles Began Paperback – October 1, 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Since the '60s, the Beatlemaniac has proven to be a different breed of rock fanatic, but even the most passionate of the Fab Four's cult eventually grew up to realize that the world didn't revolve around John, Paul, George and Ringo. O'Donnell (Wonderful Tonight) would do well to add that to his many notes. His eight years of intensive research among all variety of resources provide the reader with an overwhelming panorama of what turns out to be a split-second glance into a pretty average summer day. And while O'Donnell's fictionalized portraits of the young Lennon and McCartney circa that fateful July 6 are charming enough, his book is never just about the young Beatles. O'Donnell has penned an eloquent if slow-going ode to 1957 and everything the least bit relevant-especially the weather. No matter how great their legacy, the Beatles have suffered enough secondhand speculation: they set out to write songs, not history. Their various personas are secure in a handful of movies and books better than this one (listed in O'Donnell's helpful bibliography). Meanwhile, their music continues to arrest the attention of new listeners, just as it did in the band's heyday. This attempt to glimpse the origin of that mystery presumes too much.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
'fine, lyrical book' - Liverpool Daily Post
'an absurd and thoroughly speculative minute-by-minute account of the day in 1957 when Lennon first encountered McCartney at a church fete' - John Harris, The Guardian--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The author claims to have interviewed dozens of persons there that day but confines his narrative primarily to imagining how Paul and John felt. It would have been much better to just relate different persons observations about what they saw and remembered that day with a bit of narrative in between.
A representative example of the fluff throughout this book from page 102, "Like a dexterous pickpocket, a passing cloud steals the sun from the long gray vest of the sky. The cloud edge is black frosted. The shadows of the Liverpool field become more ill defined. It's a summer evening of deepening dampness. The humidity hangs in a dim blue haze. A sudden breeze whispers a warning of whimsical weather."
If you want to read a book of such poetry with a wee bit of Beatles info, then buy this book.
For all that's been written about the Beatles, it's amazing how much of their history has been obscured. The year of the Lennon-McCartney meeting has been variously published as 1955 and 1956, in addition to the correct 1957. In this volume, O'Donnell gets the year right--and a lot more. "The Day John Met Paul" is a vivid, hour-by-hour recreation of that momentous day in music history. O'Donnell's exhaustive research also allows the reader to understand the city of Liverpool, the skiffle music craze, and all the other elements of the world of 1957 that came together to create the Beatles. O'Donnell pulls this all together with a spellbinding storytelling technique. "The Day John Met Paul" is a must for anyone who wants a better understanding of the birth of the Beatles.--William C. Hall
Please remember: This book is just about one small slice of Beatle lore.
If you have all the essential Beatle books, then this will be a nice variation for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For all you Beatle fans, this is a good one. Centers around one single day which changed the course of music history. A must read. Cool insight into the day the Beatles began,Published 8 months ago by Alex Bosch
Very interesting concept. But the book isn't really what it claims - "an hour by hour" account.
What it does do is go over July 6, 1957 in excruciating detail - the... Read more
In addition to having delightful photographs, this book is about the Cradle of Anglo Rock History, the inception of the Beatles. Read morePublished on May 16, 2005 by BeatleBangs1964
It was an extraordinary day placed within the framework of an ordinary day. How could it be remotely plausible that the two greatest composers of rock music lived under the same... Read morePublished on March 11, 2005 by tinglywoowoo
I couldn't stop reading once I started this gem, and of the many Beatles books, I'd rate this as one of the best. Read morePublished on February 5, 2002
This book describes an important day, to be sure, and does so with careful research into all that is known about that particular day. Read morePublished on January 15, 2002 by kennedy19
Through descriptions only, the author traces the events that led to Lennon and McCartny's first meeting. The descriptions are amamzing. You get a very clear picture of the day. Read morePublished on July 4, 2001 by LMG
I bought this book thinking it might be a good addition to my Beatles book collection, but truly not expecting it to have much substance. Surprise! Read morePublished on June 11, 2001 by Nancy J. Mumford