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The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of the Beatles Paperback – November 5, 2002
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The Love You Make is a true insider's account of the entire history of The Beatles, written by Peter Brown, who worked for both Brian Epstein and the Apple organization. From the early days of The Quarrymen to the breakup of the band and John's tragic dea
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The best bits are at the beginning, from when they were boys to when they first became stars. From that point on, the coverage becomes spotty and the narrative jumps and lurches. The main theme indulges a bit too deeply in the Lennon myth, offering plenty of psychological apologies and overstating his role before, during, and after the Beatles. McCartney is almost exclusively downplayed or insulted, and more attention could have been paid to Starr or especially Harrison (it's "An Insider's Story of the Beatles," not "An Insider's Story of John Lennon and his Women.").
There are better books about the band's history, especially when it comes to talking about the actual MUSIC. There are a handful of books that focus more clearly on individual elements of the history and the effect the Beatles had on culture. But if you're looking for some engrossing behind-the-scenes insight into who they were and what they had to deal with, there aren't many other options. Just read it with a heavy grain of salt, as if you were peering into a slightly different universe in which the Beatles actually said and did all of these things.
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It was very good and informative. I actually liked the "early days" info, but seemed extremely rushed at the end.Read more