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Reads like you were there
am 11. November 1999
"Shout!" has such an eye for detail that the reader feels they were with the Beatles throughout their history, from the distant childhood days in Liverpool to the not-do-distant days of "Abbey Road" and their break-up. While everyone knows the group split apart, it's Norman's keen observances and poignant style that draw you in, and make you care how it all happened. Yes, the end was unhappy -as most break-ups are. But the feeling at the end is never bitter and never cynical.
I enjoyed how Norman breathed life into the years when the Beatles were touring and recording. You can almost hear the banter down in Studio One at Abbey Road, or the arguments at Apple, or the wind-bitten playing at the rooftop gig. The subtitle, "The Beatles in Their Generation", is an apt description of the world described in this book. Whether it's a particular street in London, a cheap dive in Hamburg, or the sumptuous apartment of some pop star, you understand the Fab Four's presence and influence throughout.
Although McCartney was treated somewhat as the "villain" who caused the split between the Beatles, I don't see a real hatred on the part of the author. All the Beatles get their share of scrutiny, and Norman brilliantly and gently reveals the greatest rock band as being, simply, human. Anyway, fans of individual Beatles will know the real McCoy after so many years. "Shout!" was written soon after Lennon's death; it's natural that the book is something like a tribute to him. As a documentary of four incredible lives and eight tumultuous years in the 1960s, "Shout!" reads like you are there.