The Beatles in Their Generation
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UPDATED TO INCLUDE PAUL McCARTNEY'S KNIGHTING AND THE DEATHS OF JOHN LENNON AND GEORGE HARRISON
Philip Norman's biography of the Beatles is the definitive work on the world's most influential band -- a beautifully written account of their lives, their music, and their times. Now brought completely up to date, this epic tale charts the rise of four scruffy Liverpool lads from their wild, often comical early days to the astonishing heights of Beatlemania, from the chaos of Apple and the collapse of hippy idealism to the band's acrimonious split. It also describes their struggle to escape the smothering Beatles' legacy and the tragic deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison. Witty, insightful, and moving, Shout! is essential reading not just for Beatles fans but for anyone with an interest in pop music.
For any fan of the Beatles' music who is just starting to want to learn more about the group I recommend this book. Norman's book provides just enough detail to keep the reader entertained without becoming dull and boring. It allows the reader to understand the group from their humble "Quarrymen" days, to the breakup and resulting solo careers of each Beatle. I seriously recommend this book, as well as Norman's other book "John Lennon: the Life".
Missing a lot of great details from more recent books (and photos). But altogether very honest.