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Shout: The True Story Of The Beatles

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  3,424 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Czterech chłopaków z Liverpoolu, którzy zmienili świat.
Mistrz muzycznych biografii Philip Norman w genialnym stylu uchwycił magię fenomenu Beatlesów. Opowiada o Johnie, Paulu, George’u i Ringo w ich szalonych latach młodzieńczych i o drodze, jaką przeszli ku międzynarodowej sławie.
Ujawnia kulisy upadku wytwórni Apple Records, gdy po potężnym imperium pozostały jedynie gnie
Published (first published January 1st 1981)
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Angela Joyce
Feb 21, 2011 Angela Joyce rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Donal, Michael
Shelves: biographies
Let me put it this way: If you're a John person, read and enjoy. If you're a George person, be prepared to feel a bit depressed. If you're a Ringo person (I raise my hand here), the little you'll see of him should not distress you overmuch, as he gets the last word and it's rather nice.

If, however, you are a Paul person... DON'T READ IT!
My sister bought the first paperback edition of this book when it came out, and I read it waaaaay back then. I seem to recall that John Lennon's recent murder wasn't mentioned at all, it having happened after the book went to press. This is a very comprehensive history of The Beatles and it is chock full of trvial details every superfan craves. However, I do recall feeling that the author was making no secret of the fact that John was his favorite Beatle. In my opinion, that is the one ongoing p ...more
"Now everybody seems to have their own opinion
Who did this and who did that
But as for me I don't see how they can remember
When they weren't where it was at..."

- Paul McCartney, 'Early Days'

I wonder if this book was what Macca had in mind. While it's an entertaining read, the veracity of the book is questionable.

The book starts off well, from the early lives of the band members through their time in Hamburg and the Cavern Club, but starts a steady decline once Brian Epstein begins to manage the b
Maybe it is because I have listened to and loved the Beatles since I can remember and my earliest memories include dancing with my Dad to the ‘blue’ album, but I have always found something deeply sad about the Beatles story and sometimes nostalgia is tinged with sadness. Maybe it is also because the Beatles story is at root the story of friendship imploding, scorched with the whiff of what could have been.

Philip Norman’s Shout is meant to be the book on the Beatles but it is the only one I have
An engrossing read ( especially if one was listening simultaneously to the music), showing the band in all their naked glory and un-glory, with touches of humor and sorrow someone would readily expect from these guys. Very informative and entertaining—though some accounts are laden with elaborate prose that it’s quite obvious Norman had no direct attestation and, thus, had had to place his own interpretation of what he thought really happened.

Also, I wished he paid as much attention to Harrison
Here's the thing - I'm a Beatles fan. A big one. So even if some of the book is confirmation of things I've previously read, I'm still going to enjoy it. Norman has great love for John Lennon (obviously, the man wrote a whole biography about him) and no love lost for Paul McCartney. But that's the nature of the Beatles. People are either Lennon fans or McCartney fans. Me? I'm a Harrison fan. And with the section added to cover the 2001 death of George, I found myself getting a little choked up. ...more
Andrea Bolton
Even though it took a long time to read, it was well worth the time. For anyone with any interest in the history of The Beatles, it is very informative and interesting reading. It takes you from the very beginning to the very end. It gives the reader a lot of insight into the band as a group and as individuals.
Not my favorite Beatles biography. Although very well written and well-researched, I found the book a little anti-Paul for my taste. In addition, for a book about the Beatles, the Beatles themselves don't really feature very much. Certainly more time is spent developing the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, than is spent on Ringo. However, there were some illuminating little extras like stories from the Beatles' stoop-watchers and other lesser-known figures that featured prominently in the Beatles ...more
A tale well told, charting the rise and fall of the four innocent lads who formed The Beatles, as well as the characters they encountered on the way.

Norman's brilliance is in his ability to focus on those aspects of the bands histories, which prior to 'Shout!' were not widely appreciated, or even known. I've listed some of these below in a kind of homage to nerds;

1)John Lennon and Paul McCartney's youthful nonsense, pre-Beatles

2)Lots of Hamburg nonsense

3)Pete Best's untimely sacking

4)Drug fuelle
Thrishni Subramoney
Slow pace with great detail, you won't find yourself blazing through this book but I think most fan will get insights into this band that they may have never heard before. You can see why none of the Beatles agreed to be interviewed for this book though, it is unflinching in its portrayal of the four men whose mark remains clear on the music world.
Amy Laurens
Reading first half of this book made me huffity and indignant: "why does he hate Paul so much"? The second half made me sad: "why did they hate each other so much"?

Nevertheless it was a gripping read and an astonishing feat of research. I could have done with less salacious speculation about poor Brian Epstein's personal life and the circumstances of his death.

Also if I'm being a critic, the book lacked coverage of the very parts of the story I long to know the most about, namely the process o
Pam Mcdermott
Philip Norman's biography of the Beatles, "Shout!" is a comprehensive look at the lives of the band members before and after they became the most famous band in history. Beginning with John Lennon as a young boy, we follow the lives of the fab four. This edition has been updated to include the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison and the knighthood of Sir Paul McCartney. In the updated section, I felt that more time could have been given to George Harrison and Ringo Starr as their chapters ...more
Audra Middleton
I recently re-read this Beatles biography. Norman is definitely a John fan and not a Paul fan, but this book is so well-done, it's a must-read for any Beatlemaniac. It reads like a novel.
Lana Scibona
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Suzanne Hamilton
The book that launched my love of the Beatles. I was 13 and working on an art project for school. We decided to do something on the 60's and while looking for books in my little local library that might have pictures to do with the 60's I found this book. I thought some of the pictures were good so I checked it out. Once home I started to read it. & I couldn't put it down. It was so good I begged the day off from school the next day just so I could keep reading. I found the different persona ...more
Shout- The Beatles in their Generation
By: Philip Norman

Synopsis- This book is a biography made for the purpose of describing every last deatil of this band. The author worked with the Beatles themselves and gathered this info over many hard years of work.


Audience: Adults, mainly those 18 and over.
Purpose: To enlighten with information
Medium: Biography
Genre-Setting: The real world
Genre-Style: Historical
Genre-Plot: Bioraphical purposes

Criticism: This is the ultiamte biography about
After visiting the Beatles Story, John Lennon's childhood home, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, the Cavern and many other Beatles' haunts this Easter, I just had to read this biography which was going cheap in Virgin Records for 3.
I thoroughly enjoyed it though it may give too much information for some people. It was fascinating going back to that time - yes, I was around then even though I don't look it! It was interesting to see how quickly the band took off and how astonishingly successful the
Terry Clague
...Let me take you down, cos I'm going to...

Read at the tail end of the year in which John Lennon would have been 70 (and also just over 30 years since the man was gunned down in NYC), it was an interesting read for me after many years of Beatles fandom. Having read the Lennon biography by the same author earlier this year, I found the sections on his life in this book somewhat short of the mark. Whilst an impressive piece of work, it really needs to be read in conjunction with that book as well
Jeff Dilbert
SHOUT was the most comprehensive account of the Beatles that I have read. The author included a remarkable number of first hand witness accounts that really put you behind the scenes. My only disapointment was the final chapters which turned into a John Lennon biography. The author spent an extraordinary amount of time on John, less on Paul, still less on George and then, oh yeah, there was also a Beatle named Ringo.
Aug 15, 2007 Ben rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatle fans, those interested in the celebrity profiles or the consequences of pop culture
I can't imagine a better Beatles bigraphy. Written in a manner that would be compelling even if I weren't a Beatles fan. This book does a nice job of illustrating the changing psychological landscape of the fab four from within their curious percpective including intimate portrits of each band member as well as the necessary supporting characters (Epstien, Martin, Sutcliffe, Best, Allan Williams, Mal Evans). Ultimately, Norman captures the story from the eye of a storm that both permeated out fr ...more
"It was the rooftop concert with their hair blowing into their eyes, with Ringo in a red plastic mac, George in green trousers, John in a ladies' short fur coat. It was four musicians playing together as no four musicians ever could or ever would again."
I got tears in my eyes whenever I saw pictures of them in the book and I got tears in my eyes when I reached the moment when John died and a few more times.The only time I rushed was towards the end and I skipped some of their details about the s
Catherine Bishop
Although this was a easy read I found that the writer didn't really put much thought into how to make the story of each Beatle flow together effectively. I found my self getting confused about who was speaking or what person he was refering to.
Furthermore, I found that Philip Norman didn't really have much good to say about any of them, it was putting them all in a bad light which made me sort of dislike them in the end. (Which I wasn't very happy with!)
Also He focuses a lot on John Lennon (sp
Steven Murtonen
Far biased in critical review towards John Lennon and far more focused on business and drama than music, but still a very complete and engrossing read on not only the career and legacy of The Beatles but also of each of its members solo careers.
I just barelt made it through the prologue and first five pages before I tossed it aside. The writer's voice is much too strong and extremely off putting and the prologue had me constantly rolling my eyes.
One of my favorite groups in music history and having written so many reports and papers on this band during school, I thought I had a good knowledge of the band, their background and music. I was introduced to pieces of information in the book that I did not know and it made this a great joy to read. A summer read, sitting around the pool and I played a ton of Beatles music as well. Gives a good, intimate chronicle of the individual lives and the band as a unit from their humble beginnings thro ...more
Aiabata Seiya

1. IBC Publishing, Level 4
2. 100 min, popular, group, foundation, album, all, love
4. What songs do you like the best?
I like J POP music, especially "Victory" sung by exile because it makes me feel good.
5. For me , Beatles is just one of the band in theworld.
This book says about their story until they became popular.
They faced on hardship on their way to be good singer.
After all, people can't achieve a great work without making efforts and suffering from hardship.
Until I read this book, I h
Janna Wong
As a major Beatles fan, I've read my share of biographies of the Fab Four and I must say, this one is my favorite! The author offers the story of how this magnificent group came together...but does so in an honest, well-researched manner (he had no contribution from anyone in the Beatles camp in the writing of this book). As a result, it is a sincere, honest, well-written account of their story; there is no sense of obsequiousness in the writing of it.

For anyone interested in the true story of
I have read many, many bios of the Beatles. This one was one of my favourites of the bunch. What I mainly and positively remember from this book was the in-depth telling of the Beatles' early years, from forming the band, to the days in German night-clubs, which really made them the tight group they became. I read this book on my first overseas flight, on my way to live in London, and it kept me grounded on my first few weeks of culture-shock, whilst settling in. Who isn't comfortable with thos ...more
Extremely rich in its narrative style, albeit with details that tend to get a little tedious in places. I cannot remember the last time a book was an obsession for me, as this one was. For George Harrison devotees and Ringo Starr worshippers, this book will prove to be a let-down. Listening to the albums while progressing through this book was an incredible experience, helping me overlook the occasional prejudiced tone in certain accounts. Following the last page of this book with "Free as a bir ...more
This was quite good for its time. Norman did his best to write a straightforward bio without digressing into personal opinions about which Beatle was best and the like. He uncovered a few facts which were unknown at the time, such as when John met Paul--previously no one knew if it was 1956 or 1957; turned out it was 1958. It's a good, one-volume bio of the group which gets the main facts right, even if years of research by Mark Lewisohn have shown others erroneous.

Those new to the group should
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