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The Beatles by Bob Spitz
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Jun 09, 2011

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Read from May 29 to June 09, 2011

I have been a huge fan of the Beatles for most of my life and have had this book in my pile of to-be-read books for a couple of years. I have put off reading it, one, because it is a huge book and two, because I was not sure that I wanted to learn all the horrible details concerning my heroes lives. In the end, I am glad that I read this book because it was extremely well researched and written. I would say, like a lot of other reviewers, that the author’s main focus does seem to be on John Lennon followed by Paul McCartney and neither of them really comes across very well. John in particular was a troubled man that basically hurt everyone in his life that cared about him. I particularly felt for Cynthia Lennon. Not as much time was spent on George Harrison and Ringo Starr; I wished the author had spent more time on their stories, especially Ringo. A lot of time was also spent on Brian Epstein’s life, which I found interesting because I did not know that much about him and he was even more disturbed than John Lennon.

While reading this book, I imagined what it would have been like if Beatlemania had happened in the present, especially with the way the media is nowadays. There would be no way that all the Beatles “secrets” would have been ignored or covered up that way it was back in the ‘60’s. Also, reading about the crowds of fans that swarmed the Beatles, it is a wonder that no one was killed with the poor way that security handled the concerts and public appearances. There is no way this would happen now.

It is incredible now listening to the Please, Please Me album knowing that John Lennon could barely sing because he was so sick and yet managed to sound amazing on Twist and Shout. Now, I have to pull out my i-pod and take a fresh listen to all their songs knowing the back stories to a lot of the songs.

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