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The "Beatles": The Biography (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 25. April 2006

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 924 Seiten
  • Verlag: Aurum Press Ltd (25. April 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1845131606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845131609
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,8 x 16 x 6,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.156.097 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)



This massive new biography of the Beatles will undoubtedly become the definitive book on the band. Not only has the author conducted literally hundreds of interviews, sometimes with people who have never spoken before about their links with the Beatles, or have never spoken so candidly before; he has also told the story of their entire career, tour by tour, gig by gig, with an enthralling narrative drive. His re-creation, for example, of the Beatles' exhausting early years playing in Hamburg in Germany - performing set-after-set all night, every night, to often violent audiences, and living in squalid conditions at the mercy of rapacious promoters, is a tour de force. The book also casts new light on many aspects of a story which most people might assume has been done to death - especially by talking to the band members friends and family, as well as all those musicians whose paths crossed with the Beatles over the years. Here is Ringo's boyhood best friend, George's first girlfriend, Paul's first serious love (never before interviewed), and every one of John's art school mates.

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Robert Spitz is the author of Dylan: a Biography and Barefoot in Babylon, about the legendary Woodstock music festival in 1969.


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I find it interesting that this book was "Edited down from a staggering 2,700 pages" because I kept thinking that "The Beatles: The Biography" was not long enough. Part of that was because when you get to the end Paul spills the beans, John gets mad, and that is the end. George and Ringo have nothing to say. Bob Spitz's endnote is a single paragraph that runs more than a page that covers the release of the "Let It Be" album in a half sentence. Their last #1 song, "The Long and Winding Road," is ignored (although the saccharine overdose provided by Phil Spector's orchestration certainly contributed to McCartney's decision to bolt) and the obituaries to come are more prominent than the musical successes (even though Lennon with "Imagine," Lennon finally writes a song more powerful than McCartney's "Yesterday"). Spitz tells of the boys before they were the Beatles, and corresponding chapters at the end would be nice.

This biography gets off to a better start, beginning in media res, with a prologue on December 27, 1960, set at the Christmas dance at the Litherland town hall when the group opened their set with "Long Tall Sally," concluded with a rousing version of "What'd I Say," and that night, according to Spitz, "they had become the Beatles." The contents are divided into three sections: Mercy (Chapters 1-20) begins with Liverpool and the birth of John Lennon, and ends with "Please Please Me" making it to #1 on the British pop charts. Mania (Chapters 21-28) starts with the Beatles becoming a national rather than northern phenomenon and takes us to the decision to name an album "Rubber Soul." Mastery (Chapters 29-37) begins with "Rubber Soul" breaking everything open and ends with the Beatles broken up.
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