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Language: English
Format files: PDF
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The author of the book: Philip Norman
Edition: Simon & Schuster (Paper)
Date of issue: 1981
ISBN: 0671432532
ISBN 13: 9780671432539
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Three and one half sort-of-Fab stars

Before I read this book, the personality rundown for the four lovable mop tops, based on listening to the music and watching “A Hard Day’s Night” a couple of times, was this:

Paul: Charming, cute

George: Quiet

John: Handsome, witty

Ringo: the, uh, drummer

After reading this book:

Paul: Social climbing, two-faced, facile dandy

George: Spiritual, sullen, “you aren’t getting more than two songs per album”

John: Callow, mean-spirited

Ringo: the, uh, drummer

Yep, Ringo gets very little mention in this book, so, if he, by any chance, is your favorite Beatle, then forget it.

John is clearly the author’s favorite getting the lion’s share of attention, especially early on. With diminishing returns for Paul, then George and the aforementioned, poor Ringo, who bought a new car somewhere in this book.

Also, Norman never talked to the Beatles, so no interviews with them, which is like writing a book about the New Testament without the Jesus spoken words highlighted in red or italicized.

Yoko wept.



The book is aptly named: It’s about the Beatles and their times (i.e. their influence on the cultural zeitgeist). Any scholarly or in-depth study of the music sadly takes a back seat.

The Music: Take Norman’s opinions about the Beatles music with a huge grain of salt:

Savoy Truffle was George’s best song on The Beatles? Sorry “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, you can show yourself out.



Sgt. Pepper was the Beatles best album? Not to pick on George again, but “Within You, Without You” is a song I should never have to listen to again. It’s such a “deep” track that it should never be played on the radio. The album might have been a cultural milestone of sorts (yeah the zeitgeist thing), but, for me, it’s not the go-to Beatles album.

Also: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was based on Julian Lennon’s pre-school drawing, not drugs.

Heh. Sure it was.



It’s the music bidness!: The Beatles lost out on millions and millions of dollars. First, they were screwed out of money made from the licensing of their images, especially in the U.S. Second, when they formed the Apple Corporation with dreams of funding the Age of Aquarius, it was Hippie idealism running smack into the brick wall that is basic Economics.

And yes, I’m oversimplifying one of the dullest sections of the books.

Murder, He Wrote: Norman floats out the theory that Brian Epstein, the Beatles “troubled” manager and his lawyer pal were murdered by the mob, for having challenged the previously mentioned reaming that the Beatles got over ancillary products released in the U.S. and the resultant law suit filed by Epstein and company.

Was this book a Magical Misery Tour? Not quite. It was entertaining in spurts and if you want a decent rundown of the Beatles John’s early pre-stardom day’s in Liverpool, then this may be the book for you.



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TEDDY

This is a very predictable author. When you get a book for free, you can read it. The intrigue is present, the unbundling is clear.

CONNOR

Rarely do the books make me cry, but this one could.

LEXI

A book that leaves a whole bunch of emotions after reading

LEON

Book will go one time.

FAITH

Now this book is one of my favorites!




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