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Chock full o' detail, and some surprises
on March 15, 2014
Lewisohn says he wanted to "...scrub what we know, or think we know, and start over..." This massive tome does just that. While some might feel bogged down by all the detail, I was fascinated by the lucky chances and parallel lives that finally intersected to make the Beatles the biggest band ever. Running from "before their time" (some background information on their families) to the last day of 1962, this large (nearly 1K pages) book made me feel I knew the entire story -- from the boys themselves, their families, their entourage, even the "little people" fans. (A bit on the book's size -- one of the few times I wished for a Kindle; this is heavy. However, since I don't know if Kindles include photos, it's paper for me.)
Two more books are in the pipeline. According to Wikipedia, "In an interview published on 28 December 2013, Lewisohn estimated that the second volume would be published in 2020 and the final volume in 2028 ('about the time he turns 70')." YIKES! Since all the old fans will be that age or older -- how big will the next ones be, when they're printed in LARGE TYPE for old eyes? :D
If you're a Beatles fan, this is a must-read.