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Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation by Philip Norman
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Oct 19, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary, nonfiction, the-beatles

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 and Starkey as he did on Lennon and McCartney—even on this book, it seems that Ringo is taken for granted and basically shoved to the background. It would also have been more satisfying to have had some more insights behind the rehearsals and processes of song- and album-production, as showing how the guys worked would reveal what made the band, as a whole, and the members, in particular, truly music’s greatest gifts to humanity.
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