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Once There Was a Way: What If The Beatles Stayed Together? (Breakpoint) Paperback – December 5, 2017
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I strongly recommend ALL HIS BOOKS!!! And what a great way to start out 2018 with “Once There Was a Way” If you’re like me... you’ll be extremely happy you did!
This was a decent book, could've been better, could've been so much worse.
I'd always wanted to read "Paperback Writer" which was the first "Beatle Fiction" I ever heard of. Always heard how great it was, but I just missed it. I did catch "Liverpool Fantasy" some years later, which was ok.
"Once There Was A Way" is entertaining enough and worth the dough. It's very fun, as a fan, to think of what could've happened had The Beatles stayed together. I didn't think the Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon thing of keeping John and Paul together would've ever happened. I think that had it been Peter Sellars giving them the 'sage advice' or even Dudley Moore and Peter Cooke that it might've been more plausible. Carson and McMahon kind of were 'The old guard' at that time, and really had nothing in common with John and Paul. In fact that appearance on the show has always seemed like something they did purely for publicity and not because they were Carson fans. You might even say the same thing for Tom and Dick Smothers, they might've possibly been that persuasive with John and Paul. Carson and McMahon? nah.
One other point - Paul's mentioning Yoko by name in "Too Many People". Paul would've never done that. John would've, but not Paul, just not his style.
Where I began to lose interest was when John gets kidnapped. This just kind of went on too long and veered off from what I wanted to read in the book. It kind of steered the book into "political thriller" territory, which I wasn't into. This in spite of the fact that John and Yoko definitely WERE targeted by the Nixon administration and the Right just couldn't stand them once they went all peacenik.
The one real kind of 'critique' that I had was the book should've ended with the Central Park show. After that chapter, having Clapton come in and then reading that they would've done more tours... I don't think that would've happened and it kind of killed a good ending for the book.
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It has its good points but I could not understand why, if John could live, George could not. And I assume Linda did not either.Read more