Get Back: The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles' "Let It Be" Disaster
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Get Back: The Unauthorized Chronicle of the Beatles' "Let It Be" Disaster

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Hailed as one of the most in-depth portraits ever presented of a band, Get Back traces-in an incredible minute-by-minute re-creation-every move that the Beatles made during the making of their ill-fated Let It Be album and film in January 1969. The friction that formed within the band during these recording sessions is chronicled here in closely observed detail, and the re
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Paperback, 332 pages
Published January 15th 1999 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published July 1997)
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Danny Lynn
This was fascinating. When i first started reading I thought I would get bored. But I seriously couldn't put it down. It basically details the recording sessions for the get back/let it be sessions of the beatles based on recordings in the studio.
Shenanitims
I agree entirely with Danny Lynn's review below. You will think that you'll get bored reading this (notes after notes about playing "Teddy Boy;" a song the Beatles wouldn't even record), but you won't. There's always an interesting nugget thrown in there to keep you involved.

It provides a nice view of the "Get Back" disaster, a period in Beatles' history that's frequently glossed over in biographies. You'll learn that the Beatles recorded an album, didn't like it, and never released it. Until o...more
Paul McFadyen
Also listening to Thirty Days on Purple Chick records, for that authentic "bored, stoned, cold & depressed January day in 1969" vibe.

C'mon lads! Chin up!!

Verdict: Well, it's something only a complete Beatle freak could love - a day-by-day account of every available tape recording of the infamous Get Back rehearsals/recordings from January 1969. You get a description of every scrap of song attempted, along with a transcript of the surrounding dialogue, but with little to no editorial addition...more
Dale Houstman
I admit to reading almost any book which discusses the many aspects of the Beatles' personalities, work, and their well-known history. But this is as particularly interesting example of that genre which discusses one period or album of The Boys. In this case, the sessions which led ultimately to the "damaged goods" of the "Let It Be" albums and also to the splendid swan song of "Abbey Road." The available recordings (including those with only a second's worth of air time) are discussed here in l...more
Sam Bloom
Very interesting from a fan's perspective, but I really hate the way the authors hone in on certain behaviors in the Fabs and then beat it into the ground... John is distant and unresponsive (except with Yoko), George is bitter and disenchanted with the Beatles' mystique, Ringo is... well, he's just a warm body, I guess... and Paul of course is the hero, sometimes bossy it's true, but really working to keep the boys together! Don't get me wrong, I'm sure this all was true (they listened to the m...more
Brian
Sloppy narrative of the recording sessions ultimately released as the 'Let it Be' album.
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