The Beatles: All These Years
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Tune In is the first volume of All These Years—a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962—when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity. They’ve one hit record ("Love Me Do") behind them and the next ("Please Please Me") primed for release, their first album session is booked, and America is clear on the horizon. This is the lesser-known Beatles story—the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg—and in many respects the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. Here is the complete and true account of their family lives, childhoods, teenage years and their infatuation with American music, here is the riveting narrative of their unforgettable days and nights in the Cavern Club, their laughs, larks and adventures when they could move about freely, before fame closed in.
For those who’ve never read a Beatles book before, this is the place to discover the young men behind the icons. For those who think they know John, Paul, George, and Ringo, it’s time to press the Reset button and tune into the real story, the lasting word.
From the Hardcover edition.
A fantasic look into the early years of Lennon & McCartney as only this Writer can convey. A highly touted review of an eclectic bunch of extremely talented musicians growing up as young men who would, in fac, reshape music as we knew it
Very nuanced-the author did a great job with filling in the gaps of the story of the greatest rock band in the world - in addition, you really feel as a bystander...actually transported THERE..! Can't wait for Vol 2 - go man go!
The two decades that came after the Second World War were great turning points, not only in art and music, but in how people lived and thought. What better way to revisit and see that shift than by following the early evolution the Beatles?
Honestly, even if you're not a Beatles fan, this book is well worth reading as an amazing historical exploration of English culture and life post WW 2 up to the end of 1962. Including living conditions, work, the music and entertainment industry, crime, schooling, etc.
Fantastic writing, astonishing attention to detail, scholarly, but never boring, Lewison captures it all. He also manages to remain neutral, never tabloid scandal focused, nor fawning fan defensive. If ever there was a biography that sought to show the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, this is it.
If you're only going to read one Beatles biography in your life, or if you just want a window into this fascinating period of the 20th century, this is the book for you. It is a magnum opus extraordinaire!