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Fab Four FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Beatles . and More! (Faq Series) Paperback – July 1, 2007
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The chapters are cleverly titled with snippets of Beatles lyrics and the topics include such fun reads as Beatle children, Beatle wives and girlfriends (are you listening, Bill Harry? Your vaunted encyclopedia totally ignored Maureen Starkey!!), villains in the Beatle story, fellow actors and actresses in their movies, their favorite brands of instruments, musical role switches on certain songs, obscure people in the Beatles orbit, other acts that toured with them, songs they wrote for others, etc., etc., etc. "Fab Four Faqs" is really a misnomer; the book is actually a long series of lists but fleshed out with some revealing (to me, at least) details. The authors have a witty, often irreverent, style but their love for their subject spills from every page.
At various times throughout the book, Shea and Rodriguez say that "another book" is needed to cover many of the people, places, and events they only allude to because of space constraints. I can only hope they're serious.....
Penned by Chicago writers Stuart Shea and Robert Rodriguez, the book's prose is direct, witty, and unpretentious, showing real love for its subject but never devolving into hagiography or sensationalism. An erudite but entertaining tone is maintained throughout, and the authors manage both to surprise the reader with new facts (I, for one, never knew that Paul submitted the saccharine "Your Mother Should Know" to the rest of the boys for the '67 "Our World" broadcast [they wisely passed on it for John's "All You Need Is Love"], or that the lowest voice in the hypnotic vocal mid-section of John's "Dear Prudence" isn't a Beatle at all but their pal and Apple label mate Jackie Lomax) while simultaneously adding color and nuance to four of the most overanalyzed personalities in pop culture. Sometimes this takes the form of pointed questions in the face of circumstantial evidence (e.g.Read more ›
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If you claim to be a true Beatles fan, you will not want to pass up this book. No historical tome, this book is a collection of fascinating facts, some of which you will learn for... Read morePublished on September 7, 2010 by Kim Brondyke
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This is a very fun read. A breezy easy trip through Beatledom. I've read about fifty Beatle books and this one's in the top ten.Published on July 12, 2010 by P. Boudreaux
This is a great book to have. It is a long book, but it is really interesting read. This book is broken into parts, so you deal with the early Beatles and then move to the later... Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by DMZ Diva