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The author of the book: Philip Norman
Edition: Simon & Schuster (Paper)
Date of issue: 1981
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
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.
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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