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Tune In (The Beatles: All These Years #1)

4.71 of 5 stars 4.71  ·  rating details  ·  892 ratings  ·  231 reviews
Tune In is the first volume of All These Years—a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

Ten years in the making, Tun
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Hardcover, 944 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Crown Archetype (first published October 10th 2013)
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Paul
A five star book with a one star title and a no star cover, so let’s get that out of the way now – Mark, what were you thinking? Tune In? It’s from Timothy Leary, right? So I am assuming that your three volumes will be Tune In, Turn On and Drop Out. It must have sounded cute to you. Not to me. It’s a wretched idea. And the cover – there are gorgeous photos of the young Beatles on the inside cover, where they can’t be seen. They would have done wonderfully. Or anything except what you ended up wi ...more
Alex Johnston
First off, this is not a review of the 960-page standard edition of this book, which I haven't read.

Oh no. This is a review of the boxed, two-volume 'Extended Special Edition'. I got my copy on 14 November 2013 and finished it a month later, and given that it's 1728 pages, at an average of c. 58 pages/day, that's the fastest I've read any book in my life.

I had serious doubts about Mark Lewisohn's qualifications to write this book. I know that he's the most dedicated and conscientious Beatles s
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Susan
Over the years I have read more books about the Beatles than I care to admit to and they vary in quality from pretty good to absolutely terrible. However, when Mark Lewisohn announced that he would be writing the ‘definitive’ biography of the band, fans believed him. Lewisohn is not only THE Beatles expert, but he is also someone who has an obvious love for them. In other words, he is also a fan and the little details, which intrigue us, also interest him.

This first volume looks at their family
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Clay Banes
It’s a Beatlelife.

Hard to reckon how long we’ll wait for the next volume. Make healthy eating choices—exercise, don't smoke ciggies, etc.
Adam Ford
This is an absolute top notch historical joy-ride of a book. So much fun.

Some impressions: John was an arrogant arse. But he was the force behind the group--they never would have started without him. Paul was talented and good-hearted and the glue that created the whole and kept it together. George was the quiet one, but he might have saved the whole venture when he insulted George Martin's tie at the first recording session to break the ice and get people laughing. Stuart death in Astrid's arm
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Khamneithang Vaiphei
"Every once in a while, life conjures up a genuine ultimate," so begins Mark Lewisohn in his epic book on the Beatles, talking about them. This is not only true of the Fab Four but also of Mark Lewisohn's work itself.

In a new tome on the Beatles titled Tune In, which is the first of a three-volume series The Beatles: All These Years, Mark Lewisohn who is acknowledged as an authority on the Beatles, examines the early days of the group in superb, almost minute detail, which is likely to leave eve
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Monty Ashley
This book probably goes more detail than you want. It's almost a thousand pages and only gets to December 31, 1962, when the Beatles are about to record their first album. Mark Lewisohn wants to know absolutely everything the Beatles did. His annoyance is palpable when there's a day trip that almost definitely happened but nobody remembers taking.

But as it happens, I *do* want all this detail. If you're sufficiently interested in the Beatles to consider reading it, it's going to blow your mind.
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Ang
Holy crap. This is the ultimate work of Beatles scholarship, and it only goes to December 31st, 1962. (Books two and three are, um, in the works. It took Lewisohn 8 years to write this; if I have to wait 16 years for this trilogy to be over, I'll cry. I'll also be 50 when the third books comes out. FIFTY. I really hope I'm not waiting 16 years for the third volume.)

Anyway, this is dense, obviously. It's 800 packed pages. You'd think it'd be boring, but it really wasn't. Then again, I have a pret
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RJ
Over 1000 page biography of the Beatles, only up to December 31, 1962! For those of us who have read many biographies with much information about their early days (starting with the authorized Hunter Davies book) it seems inconceivable that so much could be written in Tune In. It is a credit to Lewisohn's research that this biography is both readable and thorough.

My five stars is based on both the readability and the research. Lewisohn draws from many sources and interviews to discover as much t
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Rick
Volume 1 is 803 pages, not counting notes, acknowledgements, appeal for research support, and index(an expanded edition is available online). It covers the Fab Four, their family backgrounds and youth and the first five years of their professional life, 1958 through 1962. Okay. Eight hundred and three pages of what comes as close to a day by day history of four pop musicians who became a world-wide cultural phenomenon may seem a bit much, particularly as you remember there are two more volumes t ...more
Brian Bess
The definitive Fab Four saga (?), part one

When I first heard that Mark Lewisohn was going to publish the first of a projected three-volume biography of the Beatles I knew the books would not lack accuracy. Lewisohn is the world’s foremost Beatles authority, whose book on their recording sessions I have referred to thousands of times since it was released in 1988. Lewisohn has listened to probably every second of recorded music and between song chatter that was ever put to tape in their short but
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Lachinchon
The sheer density of information gave this tome greater mass than a block of plutonium. But what else would one expect from the definitive biography of the Beatles (Vol. 1)? Although there are some clearly acknowledged but reasonable speculations where hard evidence is lacking, it is clear that Lewisohn has exhaustively researched every bit of minutiae so that he reports facts not rumors. It is also clear that he is a huge fan. My only quibble is that there are a few too many British colloquiali ...more
k
Sometimes I forget how much I love the Beatles, which is part music but mainly the way they were as individuals, together. Learning more about their roots is very interesting, on the whole, though I did find myself responding to book queries with, "um, George still hasn't turned 15" . But it was fascinating to see how things came to them, and what odds were against them. These were troubled kids, who found something that made them happy and locked onto it. And Hamburg! I had no idea about that, ...more
Jkimballcook Cook
This is an extremely ambitious, mind-blowingly detailed history. The sheer amount of detail is incredible. Lewisohn has almost created a day-by-day record of the first several years of the band, up to 1962. But what is remarkable is that he has done so without devolving into a mere journal entry type history. Rather, he makes smart connections, draws out thematic threads, and in general makes it engaging rather than something that you just get lost in. And preceding the band years he has an extr ...more
Christina
I loved this excellent and detailed book about the early years of the Beatles. This is the first volume in a trilogy; it ends in December 1962, just before the release of "Please Please Me." Lewisohn doesn't neglect any detail, which some readers might find to be too much, but I loved it. I especially enjoyed his in-depth look at the music of the day that was such a big influence on the early Beatles--the American R&B singles and the great hits of early rock and roll. I've read several other ...more
George Bradford
Does the world really need another book about The Beatles? After reading the 803 pages of Mark Lewisohn's "Tune In" I'd say emphatically "Yes!" "Tune In" is a great book. And if the subsequent volumes in this trilogy are anywhere near the quality of the first, the world not only needs them, it needs them as soon as possible.

I'm a student of The Beatles. (Yes, I'm a fan.) I've read almost every book ever written about The Beatles. And Lewisohn's "Tune In" is the most objective, detailed and well
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Eric Kibler
Absolutely essential reading for any Beatles fan.

This is the first of three books which are destined to stand as the definitive Beatles history/biography. This book covers John, Paul, George, and Ringo (and Pete, and Stu, and Brian, and George Martin) from their births up to the end of 1962.The book is packed with incident, anecdotes, and explanations. Many myths are debunked. What makes the book special is that, not only has Lewisohn exhausted all existing written sources of Beatles history, bu
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Bill Mackela
This book is part 1 of a trilogy, so it ends December 31, 1962. On this date, The Beatles have one single on the charts, but are working on an LP and the next single. Nothing has been released yet in the United States. Most of the stories in this book were new to me since I was never a huge Beatles fan. I liked their music, and bought their later albums, but never read the fanzines or joined their fan club. This is a thoroughly researched and very well written biography of The Beatles.

Mr. Lewis
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Bonnie
It took me nearly six months but I finally made it through this massive tome—a PART 1 history of The Beatles starting from roots so deep and providing such a detailed history that it wasn’t until nearly page 700 (out of 800) that Ringo became a Beatle. The length of time it took me to complete the book is by no means a reflection of my interest or the book’s grip on me. I was fascinated every time I picked it up to read and absolutely enjoyed meandering through it, not trying to retain every tid ...more
Bobbi Campbell
This first book in Mark Lewisohn's planned three book series is an absolute must read for any Beatles fan - it is truly THE definitive biography, 50+ years out.

It tells not only the Fab Four's personal histories from birth, every important figure involved in helping to create what would become the Beatles - from family members to temporary members to their first roadie and manager - is also well represented in a way that makes them seem just as fascinating as the group (and I'd now really like
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Scott Smith
I listened to the very entertainingly performed audiobook version and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would!
Alex Rivas
Tune In is an excellent book, I have been reading books, magazines, newspaper articles, blogs, any printed material on the Beatles for nearly 40 years, I found this book to be by far the most interesting and entertaining of anything that has been written about the Fab Four; Mark Lewisohn makes the Beatles look, sound and feel human with flaws and all.

If you are a Beatles fan, you will enjoy every page of it, while rediscovering their beginning and their struggles to make it to the top, which is
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Boysie Freeman (not my real name, it's just my Internet name)
(A fanatic fangirl's review, if you want valuable information then I suspect that you'll be hardly satisfied but let's get this over with)

If you think about The Beatles too much then this book is for you. Beatleporn for the Beatlemaniac. They say don't judge a book by its cover, apparently it's this book you fellow Beatlemaniacs out there are talking about, it looks nothing Beatles or 60s to say the least, but the content, bless Lewisohn's heart, he's the unltimate Beatle expert out there.

Gods n
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Steve Carroll
Completely excellent and I plowed through it in about 4 days. I'm a beatles fan but never really considered myself an obsessive so I wasn't really sure I needed to read an 800 page book (vol 1 of a planned 3) about them but I picked it up on Tyler Cowen's strong review. This volume starts with some brief sketches of how the Beatles' families arrived in Liverpool and works forward to the day after their second single (Please Please Me) was released. Strongly recommended if you like the Beatles.
Jeff Keehr
I have acquired a sketchy history of the Beatles mostly through osmosis. I have watched lots of TV shows and a few movies. I have read portions of the many photo books I have of them. I have listened to a biography of Paul McCartney and Cynthia Lennon's biography of John. But all of those gleanings would not add up to one page of this incredibly detailed history of John, Paul, George and Ringo, or as they were known to Brian Epstein and George Martin when they were in their early 20s, the boys. ...more
Jan
My review will be biased because I have always been a HUGE Beatles fan, even though I was very young when they made it big in America. I have read just about every book written about them, but this book is FANTASTIC! If I can learn lots of new things about the Beatles, then the author has does his job. Apparently he has researched for years and even interviewed many people from their past who have never been interviewed before. He even starts with the family of each of the Beatles...and no surpr ...more
Paul Dixon
840 pages for most biographies is more than enough space to cover a subject's birth, death and everything remotely interesting that has occurred in-between. But when the topic is The Beatles and the biographer in question is Mark Lewisohn, the universally acknowledged authority on the Fab Four, then 840 pages is only enough to constitute the first in a planned trilogy of books.

Tune In takes us up to the end of 1962 where The Beatles, having enjoyed initial chart success with the slow burning Lo
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Mark
This is the first of an expected 3 volume biography of the Beatles. I know there have been a huge number of Beatles biographies written; but I have read none of them. This was the one I was (unbeknownst to me) waiting for. My interest in the early Beatles was peaked by Gladwell's "Outliers" where he talks about their Hamburg experiences being the foundation for their transformative musical influence. As this book came on the scene, 900 pages devoted to their pre-famous period, and received stell ...more
Bill O'driscoll
To give you some idea of this book's encyclopedic scope, Bob Spitz's perfectly fine bio "The Beatles," from a few years back, took 500 pages to tell the group's whole story. Lewisohn's tome -- the first of a planned trilogy -- takes 800 pages just to get us to December 1962, when no one outside of England and Hamburg knew who they were. It's got every anecdote and detail you could want (or that Lewisohn could possibly track down), including my favorite anecdote, about a teenaged Paul and George ...more
Dave Schwensen
This is part one of the Holy Grail of Beatles Bios. Lewisohn, already the author of numerous books on the group and music, took on a project that I'm sure more than a few of us thought, "It's been done before." As a first generation fan who has read many of the previous in-depth bios and personal memoirs from historians, associates, friends, hanger-on's and wannabe hanger-on's, I automatically assumed we had read it all and knew it all. This includes consuming every single word in the massive "A ...more
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