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The Beatles Anthology

4.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,866 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
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"What can I tell you about myself that you have not already found out from those who do not lie?" These words by John Lennon commence The Beatles Anthology, and they encapsulate what is so spectacular about this sprawling, exquisite book. After all, John's words couldn't be farther from the truth: Fans of the Beatles have long been aching to he
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Hardcover, 367 pages
Published October 5th 2000 by Ullstein Buchverlage GmbH & Co. KG / Ullstein Tas (first published September 1st 2000)
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Paul Bryant
I like how we have a practically perfect understanding of the dynamics of these four personalities as they catapulted out of the 50s, created a great firebally comet in the firmament of the 60s and came splat thunk blackened hole trees blown down down down in the 70s. How the balance of power so tellingly and decisively tipped from Lennon, the pushy braggart who wrote nearly all of A Hard day's Night album, the nervy insecure one, over to McCartney the guy with the work ethic who actually though ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Aug 26, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatles nuts only
A comprehensive history of the Fab Four, starting off with short biographies of each of the lads, and then following their career together as a band. It concludes with an epilogue of each lad, as well, and a tribute to John Lennon.

I don't know how objective this account is, but it was certainly LONG. Loaded with narratives from those who knew the Beatles, and quotes from the Beatles themselves, and studded with photos, it was a lot to assimilate. I mean, really, by the end, I was feeling a bit b
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Jennifer
Jun 12, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How could I have forgotten to add this book to my library? I love, love, love The Beatles. I was totally born in the wrong generation because I love all 60's music. Although The Beatles are by the far the most amazing from that generation and any generation since...in my humble opinion.
This book has been a reference book for me so far mostly. I haven't had a chance to read it front to back yet. It is quite large and difficult to curl up with on the couch. I do drag it off the bookshelf and go th
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Erin
Sep 23, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have read this book more times than any other book, apart from religious texts, which is only fitting since I cannot even begin to fathom how many hours of my life have been spent listening to the Beatles music. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if by the end of my life it would be more appropriate to measure it in years.

The Beatles possessed a rare and nearly mystical talent which in and of itself is captivating. But beyond that, they led fascinating and revolutionary lives that shaped a generat
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Mark
Jun 08, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, memoir
A very well put together visual and verbal account of life with, for and by the Beatles (text s almost completely comprised of quoted passages)> an accompanying document to the Anthology CD collection and/or the documentary DVD. I like this because as a coffee table book, it is one of those that are more than likely to draw the interest of friends just because it is sitting there. And if you're bored, it's one of those nice ones to just pick up and jump in anywhere.
I was an 8 year old kid wh
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Billy
Jul 04, 2012 Billy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything Beatles! By the Beatles! What could be wrong?,

Take 4 guys from England that changed the world of music forever and have them tell the story of their meteoric rise to fame and dominance of the music industry for decades and what do you have? THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY.

John, Paul, George and Ringo made the music that we listen to today what it is. Without the British Invasion, we would never have had the development of rock and roll as it is today. Elvis and the Beatles, they are the fathers
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Andy Wedge
Jul 15, 2013 Andy Wedge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the diehard Beatles fan, this huge and vast book deserves full stars. As a book for the casual Beatles fan it might not be so appealing due to the sheer size and volume of this book. However, that being said it is THE perfect coffee table book because let’s face it, if you like music then at the very least you will be a casual Beatles fan.

The book is packed with photos, images of handwritten song lyrics and notes written by the Beatles, and tons of interviews. In terms of Beatles trivia and
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Kate
Dec 12, 2009 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. This book taught me so much. It's great that the four of them wrote this, because they are the ones who know what happened, and they can call each other out on what didn't. Full of music and images, this book is a *must* for anyone who considers themselves a Beatle-maniac.
White
Aug 31, 2009 White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievable time line of the Beatles, their success, failures, and their rise to fame. I have never seen a bibliography like this. The details are exquisite. This book FEELS real and precise. It has some amazing facts in it and it holds nothing back. Loved this book.
Noelle VanVleet
Alternate uses for this book:

-A unique coffee table. Laid down flat, this book is the perfect size and shape for a coffee table. Great conversation starter!

-A personal shield. Protect yourself from attacks of all kind with this hefty volume! If you open it and set it upright, you and a friend can both hide behind it while shooting at your enemies without fear of being hit by return fire.

-A budget box spring. Need a low cost box spring for that mattress? Try this large mattress-shaped book! It l
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Kerry
Apr 04, 2008 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epping awesome. Granted the massive coffee-table book means that most people do just that...put it on their coffee-table to give the notion of being well-read.

Me? I love reading large, heavy, uncomfortbale books to read that have been a pain in the ass to travel on my daily work routine. That being said...phenomenal. If you want to know the story behind the Beatles...might as well take it from them. I mean, there was a lot of LSD and other drugs running amok thru their career, so I mean it may
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Brittany
Oct 02, 2008 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't really put into words my respect for The Beatles. Anything I said would just sound cheesy and lame. (Trust me, I've tried.) Just know that they're incomparable. And anybody who thinks they're no good or overrated just doesn't know what they're talking about. All they would have to do is listen, truly listen, and they would know. And maybe read this book. That would help too.

I read this ridiculously huge book from cover to absolute cover!! It's the only way to really see the raw truth of
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Pedro
Jan 27, 2008 Pedro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music-bios
This book will always be in my currently-reading list because its one of those books which I will constantly open and read something random and in no particular order. Like many people, I have read a lot of books about the Beatles, and you read some of the same facts over and over. But when you are a fan, you constantly see how good or bad a book about one of the Beatles is. I still watch "Help" and laugh hard when the Beatles walk into the restroom and George's shirt rips off, and listen to "Ab ...more
Frederick
Jul 06, 2007 Frederick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatles completists
Shelves: biography, beatles
I'm nothing if not a Beatles fan, but I find this book mind-numbingly boring, as I did the ANTHOLOGY TV special.
My problem may arise from the fact that we do not have the interviewer's questions, just the interviewees's answers. I think this means reading this book (or watching the DVD) is comparable to watching a dubbed movie: Something crucial is missing. The context in which each answer is given has been removed. The interviewers clearly have put some words into each Beatle's mouth. The Beatl
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David
Mar 31, 2010 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interested in the Beatles? Get their history straight from the source -- the band members themselves. There are lots of great quotes and insight in the book. My only complaints:

1.) The book was a bit heavy on the early years. Perhaps they were more interested in telling their story back then vs. the later years when they all weren't getting along as well.

2.) The book itself is physically big and heavy. Makes it a bit difficult for casual reading.

3.) I wish they went into more details of their so
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Alan Luna
Feb 18, 2010 Alan Luna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great short histories of what I think are the greatest musicians of all time, they have inspired many people to pick up a bass, guitar and to sing and they inspired me to learn guitar. For almost a decade they ruled the music industry and helped the 70’s phycadelia and other great events in American history progress. The book talks about their small start back in the late 50’s and how the band came to be. The book also has small bios of the Fab 4 and the history of the recordings and some very i ...more
juliana
Mar 30, 2015 juliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
eu já vi a história dos beatles sendo contada de milhares de jeitos diferentes, mas é incrível ler o ponto de vista deles sobre cada passo no caminho :')
Jnotes99
May 30, 2014 Jnotes99 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, full of interesting stories and pictures from all four Beatles and those closest to them. Simply, the best band that ever existed. Great fun if you're a Beatles fan.
Cedric Hendrix
Jul 30, 2012 Cedric Hendrix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It would be slightly inaccurate to say that I "read" this book. I have seen every page, however. I think I can safely report that this is the most comprehensive compilation written about one of the most influential musical acts in history. It's everything I wanted to know about the Beatles, and then some. And some more on top of that. And then a bit more. And then they get to 1966. Every Beatle-maniac should own this book. Friends of Beatle-maniacs should spend a couple of hours pouring over its ...more
Connor
Feb 02, 2012 Connor is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is defiantly the best book on the fab four that I have ever read. The book starts off with the backgrounds of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The book starts of from John, George and Pauls Time in the quarrymen to the break up of the greatest band of all time. My favorite part was their early days of 1962 - 1966 where they go and take America by storm and when they start to use different materials for their songs of "Revolver". I would recommend this book to an ...more
Sophie
Jul 22, 2010 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't suggest this to a new Beatles fan, but to a dedicated one, this book is holy. It's an amazing time-line of the Beatles and there are a lot of new things to learn about the Beatles in this book.
It's also chock-full of funny and smart quotes that are bound to entertain.
Yes, it's a long book and will most likely take awhile to read. If you're a true Beatles fan, you'll enjoy every minute you spend reading the book.
Armin Hennig
Oct 19, 2013 Armin Hennig rated it really liked it
Als Quelle, Korrektiv und Illustration zu zahlreichen anderen Beatles-Büchern mit weniger Bildmaterial ist diese chronologisch gegliederte Montage von Zitaten der Fab Four und ihrer Gefolgsleute eine große Hilfe.
Ein wirkliches Lesevergnügen ist dieser Riesenwälzer mit auf rotem und gelbem Hintergrund gedrucktem Text nicht unbedingt. Eher ein Schatz fürs Regel und gelegentliche Blättereien.
Irene Sammarchi
Sep 09, 2014 Irene Sammarchi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
È il più bel libro scritto sui Beatles, senza dubbio perché la storia è raccontata dai protaginisti, in prima persona. Un libro che deve avere ogni fan dei Beatles nella propria libreria.
Certo, non è molto dettagliato in date e non segue esattamente la cronologia giorno per giorno. Ma vengono raccontati aneddoti e storielle, spesso divertenti, come se ti trovassi con dei signori anziani che ti raccontano la loro gioventù. Senza dubbio una delle qualità di questo libro è la quantità e la bellezza
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Raka Friestyan
Sep 09, 2014 Raka Friestyan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book, a quite heavy though, but worth it. As a Beatles fan, I am extremely delighted that finally I got this book, I love Beatles so much, their music, styles, and all about them. Every time I read this book, I feel like I was there with them. It's amazing they wrote this book, because they know exactly well the stories that happened to them, Like John Lennon said that also written in this book "What can I tell you about myself which you have not already found out from those who do not l ...more
Aileen Morris
Feb 05, 2016 Aileen Morris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love reading about musicians (or other artists, for that matter) from their own point of view. You get insights and perspectives that a biographer never or rarely provides. The Beatles are one of my favourite all-time rock groups, and I loved reading them telling their own story of their lives and career from their own points of view. They are forthcoming and witty, and it is amusing and interesting when they remember or interpret events in completely different ways, sometimes right on ...more
Tarin
Jan 07, 2009 Tarin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful! great images and love the stories behind the beatles.
Yuji Yamada
Jun 30, 2016 Yuji Yamada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of detail about Paul, George, John and Ringo's life. I was impressed of this book because it explains how the member met each others and how 'The Beatles' was formed. And this tell us about the early life of the member. How Paul, George, John and Ringo met their instrument. The most surprising fact that I learned from this book was, Paul was not a pure bass player. He played guitar in Quarry Men (a band before The Beatles was formed), However no one played bass, therefore Paul ...more
Italia8989
Jun 21, 2016 Italia8989 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatlemaniacs and Applescruffs and people of good taste
My aesthetic is tying someone to a chair and forcing them to listen to Revolution 9 on loop. I'm not joking.

My love for the Beatles is incomprehensible and increases infinityfold tenfold from understanding the writing and theory that goes behind their musicianship. They have brought me the majority of joy, identification, and even purpose to my life for the last several months. This might seem unhealthy, but it would be a lot more unhealthy for me to be mentally ill.

The combination of the realne
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Gunnar Hjalmarsson
Jæja það var mikið að ég kláraði þessa 8 kílóa hlussu bók. Ef þú ert á annað borð fyrir Bítlana þá er þetta skyldueign. Bítlarnir eru besta band í heimi og það þarf einhverjar kínverskar aðferðir til að koma mér af þeirri skoðun. Rafmagn í eistun og þá skal ég segja þér að Westlife sé besta band allra tíma. En allavega, þessi bók þarna um Bítlana er þrusufín. Að vanda nennti ég ekki að lesa um það þegar þeir voru smábörn og byrjaði því á kafla 2 - 1960. Svo vindur sagan ofan af sér - svo sem ekk ...more
Michael Greenan
Aug 19, 2015 Michael Greenan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book chronicles the entire career of The Beatles - from their earliest days of musical inspiration of listening to American rock n' roll in Liverpool, to their inevitable breakup. The Beatles lasted for approximately ten years (1960-1970), and it was around '63 when the world really began to take notice and in '64 when America fell in love with them. What's interesting about this book is how it is "written" by The Beatles by means of taking quotes from the group and inserting the quotes in ...more
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