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The Beatles by Bob Spitz
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Aug 21, 07

Recommended for: beatle fans with a lot of time on their hands.
Read in January, 2006

having spent the better part of the last 15 years ingesting any written documentation of the beatles lives and careers that i could get my grubby paws on, i was fully prepared to be undewhelmed by yet another lengthy beatle book; so it was thrilling for me to find a text that not only provided me with new fab four facts, but also offered new insight into the same stories i have been reading for so long. while this book is decidedly "john-centric" and spends far more time documenting the first-half of the beatles career than the later stuff, the childhood histories spitz provides are better told than those in the individual beatle bios and the sheer volume of information on the pre-fame liverpool and hamburg days is invaluable.
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Lucas this is a fantastic and relatively even presentation of the boys up until 1970 or so.
Spitz is meticulous with his sources. i do not necessarily agree with the murphy post above, the book is not especially John-centric. Instead you are talking about a book which was written not by a musician but a documentarian, and in that sense John has a little more play in the beatles early story then any of the other boys.
decidedly "john-centric" is too strong a comment IMO.


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