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You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup Hardcover – June 8, 2010
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Doggett says the four Beatles’ individual efforts will never match the magic they created as a foursome. Yet the story of the post-breakup Beatles is intriguing and fascinating in its own right. Doggett begins at the end, with the 1980 murder of John Lennon outside the Dakota apartment building in New York, then turns back to the late-1960s, when Sgt. Pepper was released and the glow of the group’s innocent days had long dimmed. In that tumultuous time, the foundation of the band’s eventual demise several years later was laid. Doggett captures the competitive sparks that flew among the four men, especially between Lennon and Paul McCartney, and also the mutual affection that formed the basis of their complicated relationships. He covers all the many lawsuits and legal maneuverings that consumed so much of their time as well as the feelings of anger and betrayal and the weariness of it all. And he discusses each member’s solo albums. A must for Beatles fans and good for more casual pop-music enthusiasts, too. --June Sawyers
“Doggett documents rock’s most agonizing four-way divorce. Rigorously researched, You Never Give Me Your Money is a dark but compelling endnote to rock’s greatest story.” (Rolling Stone)
“I had such a ball reading You Never Give Me Your Money: The Beatles After the Breakup that once I finished, I returned to page one and read it all over again.” (Newsweek)
“Elegant and deeply researched...You Never Give Me Your Money posits a nuanced afterlife for the Beatles. [Peter Doggett] has found a new lens (and much new information) through which to consider the band.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Doggett has crafted an authentic and enlightening book full of myth-busting surprises and insight.” (Library Journal)
“Fascinating…Doggett captures the competitive sparks that flew among the four men, especially between Lennon and Paul McCartney, and also the mutual affection that formed the basis of their complicated relationships…A must for Beatles fans and good for more casual pop-music enthusiasts, too.” (Booklist)
“Peter Doggett’s book about the Beatles’ split is a real page-turner.” (Annie Lennox)
“an enthralling new book on [The Beatles]…impossible to put down” (The Independent)
“Doggett, a music journalist, offers refreshingly straightforward and highly readable portraits of the leading players” (Daily Telegraph (London))
“a gripping account that portrays [The Beatles] as something much more interesting than the airbrushed Gods we’ve recently seen: damaged, eternally bickering men, left punch-drunk by the group’s success” (The Guardian)
“What Doggett has achieved is a laying bare of the darker consequences of enormous fame and wealth. Yes, there is the glory but there’s also the concomitant pressure of how to deal with the myth and the legacy – while trying to keep four very different voices in harmony.” (Irish Times)
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The worse part? Realizing that Lennon's awful death prevented a true reconciliation between the four men. I truly believe that though they may not have appeared as the Beatles again, Lennon and McCartney (and to some extent, Harrison) would have buried the hatchet and remembered their time as Beatles with fondness and affection.
The Beatles came together creatively at a young, impressionable age, grew up and then fell apart like a very dysfunctional wealthy family of brothers...competitive, ego driven, resentful, often loving, but having the need to break away from each other to grow up and realize their individual potential as artists and human beings. Yet it seems that none of them, except perhaps Richard Starkey, seemed to have the maturity and wisdom to to let it go emotionally and move on without sniping via their songs and without expressing bitterness and resentment in the press. Their obsessive need to try to compare themselves with and best each other and hold on to past slights is astonishing. Just this week in 2015 Paul continues airing his grievance about the way he perceives the public giving preference to John by virtue of John having passed away and became a "martyred" figure in the publics mind. Wow! http://www.esquire.co.uk/culture/music/8511/paul-mccartney-interview/ I
Peter Doggett was successful in creating a highly readable account of the financial morass in which the Beatles found themselves and presented this detailed account of potentially "snooze-inducing" financial/legal accounting history of their business partnership (a gordian knot that prevented a clean break and keeps them in partnership against their will) in an understandable fashion. This legal partnership will most likely follow them and their surviors in perpetuity.
I highly recommend this book be gifted to any idealistic and naive young people who plan to strike out in an artistic or business partnership.
The best thing about this book for me was remembering where I was when certain songs came out, and almost hearing the tunes in my head as I read the book!
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May peace and love and endearing tunes live on after the Beatles.