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Tune In, Part 1 (The Beatles: All These Years, #1)

4.85  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  14 reviews
This is Part One of Volume One.

This extended special edition of Mark Lewisohn's magisterial book Tune In is a true collector's item, featuring hundreds of thousands of words of extra material, as well as many extra photographs. It is the complete, uncut and definitive biography of the Beatles' early years, from their family backgrounds through to the moment they're on the
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Kindle Edition, Extended Special Edition, 1728 pages
Published November 14th 2013 by Little, Brown Book Group
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Susan
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As all Beatles fans will know, we have been waiting for the recently released first volume of Mark Lewisohn's biographical trilogy of the Beatles for ten years. Having released Tune In, he then published an extended two volume set of the first book. I have read the kindle edition of this book, but I will try to explain what the extended version offers that is different from the single volume and, hopefully help you decide which edition you wish to read (if not both, as I did).

The one volume Tune
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Susan
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is for the extended version of Tune In, Vol 1 of 2:

As all Beatles fans will know, we have been waiting for the recently released first volume of Mark Lewisohn’s biographical trilogy of the Beatles for ten years. Having recently released Tune In, he has now published an extended two volume set of the first book. I have read the kindle edition of this book, but I will try to explain what the extended version offers that is different from the single volume and, hopefully help you decide
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Sannie
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This review is for the extended version of Tune In, Vol 1 of 2.

When I first realized that the Tune In extended edition is 1600 pages long, I thought to myself, "I haven't finished Les Miserables or Infinite Jest...how on earth am I going to finish 1600 pages on just The Beatles?" It's telling how well written this is, but also because, well, I really like The Beatles. But that's the thing -- you really need to be a huge Beatles fan to read the extended edition.

Part 1 spans the Beatles' family
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Matt Kimsal
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes. The book starts out kind of slow. I may have compounded this by my slow-reading habit, which made the 700+ page count even more daunting. (This largely accounted for my on-again-off-again reading of this book over many years.) But I must say that the book really picks up in the second half. You can feel the energy and excitement growing. At the conclusion of this first part of the first volume, the Beatles have just returned from their first Hamburg stint, which was split between ...more
Colin Smith
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yet another book about The Beatles? There are literally hundreds of books, maybe thousands, about the Fab Four. What’s so special about this one?

I think that’s a perfectly legitimate question, and one that should be asked before anyone ventures into a writing project treading already-well-trodden ground. Does the world need another book about Star Wars, or another biblical commentary, or another book on learning Spanish, or another cook book, or another fantasy novel? There are so many books in
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Theophilo Pinto
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mais uma biografia lida. Muito boa mesmo! O que eu poderia falar dela para alguém que ainda não a tenha lido? Bem, imagino que, se você já ouviu falar desse livro sobre os Beatles, deve ter ouvido falar também que é imensa. Eu li a versão “aumentada” no Kindle e, lá pelo meio dela, percebi que a história não acabaria até o final do livro. Quero dizer, os Beatles acabaram na virada de 69/70 e o livro mal chegava nos 1960s! Foi quando soube que o livro teria ainda mais dois volumes, a serem ...more
Malcolm Frawley
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read Tune In, the 900 page Volume 1 of Mark Lewisohn's definitive 3 part Beatles biog (which takes them up to the recording of their first album), in 2015 & have been anxiously awaiting Volume 2, due in 2020. Then a friend told me he had acquired the two volume extended play of the first volume. Say what? So I borrowed it. This first half runs over 800 pages by itself & The Beatles don't even start calling themselves The Beatles until page 624. Needless to say, it is astonishing. ...more
Michael
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Over 1500 pages on the early years of The Beatles, up to their first couple of singles (when the boys were barely over 20 years old). Also goes into detail about Liverpool and the early years of British pop. There is a shorter version available but I can't imagine what would have been cut out. Really transports you to a specific scene in history. An unbelievable read that I couldn't put down. Hope volume 2 comes out soon.
Tommy
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s really only the first half of a larger book, but I’m claiming it!
Sarah Thompson
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Thorough. The gold standard of Beatles books. More than that, others have already said better than I could.
Jim Stewart
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Quick note - The version of this book that I read is NOT the vast, extended edition. That one costs a lot more and has a lot of background about Liverpool. The one I read has a list price of $40 USD.

If you've ever read a biography of any sort about the Beatles, you've likely run into the name Mark Lewisohn, this book's author. I have read several Beatle books and his name always crops up as the "guy with all the details." When did they record "Penny Lane?" He knows. What kind of tea did they
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Jon C Manzo
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A few years' ago, the preeminent Beatles scholar Mark Lewisohn, put out an 800 page book (see the name above) which detailed the pre-history and the history of The Beatles, right up to December 31, 1962. It's an amazing book, and I've reviewed it on this site.

But the truth of the matter is that Lewisohn wrote a MUCH longer book; twice as long, in fact. The American publisher wasn't interested in one that long, but the British publisher was willing to do a limited run of the Extended Edition as
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Ed Manning
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review is for the extended version of Tune In, Vol 1 and 2:

So, you think you know your Beatles, you're an expert. I'm here to tell you, oh no you're not. I certainly thought that there wasn't much I didn't know about John, Paul, George, and Ringo (and Pete, and Stu, and Brian, and George M......). But I was oh so wrong. The myths and misconceptions that have accumulated over the last 50 years about the Beatles are pretty much laid to rest here in Lewisohn's magnificent biography. And truth
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Eileen Hall
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great account of my favourite group of all time.
This is a timeline covering 1959 to 1962.
From the very early days when John and Paul got together playing in their first band, up to when they arrived at Abbey Road to make their first record.
This is part one of probably the best account of the very best band on the planet and I look forward to finding out what happens next!
I was given a digital copy of this great book by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review which I
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Mark Lewisohn is the acknowledged world authority on the Beatles. Before embarking on The Beatles: All These Years his books included the bestselling and influential The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions and The Complete Beatles Chronicle. He was a consultant and researcher on all aspects—TV, DVDs, CDs and book—of the Beatles own Anthology and has been involved in numerous additional projects ...more