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The Complete Beatles Songs: The Stories Behind Every Track Written by the Fab Four

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A lavishly illustrated, rollicking account of the real people and events that inspired the Beatles' songs, now fully updated and revised by renowned Beatles expert and music journalist Steve Turner—the definitive analysis of the music and influences of the world's most successful and popular rock-and-roll band and the only volume that contains a complete set of printed lyr ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Dey Street Books (first published 1994)
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Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of good history around the genius of the Beatles. 8 of 10 stars
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Turner's latest revised edition - it's frequently been updated and re-titled over the last 20+ years - covering every song written by the Fab Four. (Their early covers, such as 'Roll Over Beethoven' or 'Act Naturally,' are not included in the rundown.) Full lyrics are listed, along with whatever background information is definitively known about a song's inspiration and/or other factoids.

There are also a lot of great photographs, nicely sidestepping familiar pics that are often used elsewhere.

Steve Alcorn
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The history of the Beatles is an interesting one, but probably not something I'd sit down to read an entire book about. And yet that's exactly what this is, yet I really enjoyed it. There reason is that the history is told through the description of the conditions under which each song was written, arranged in chronological order.

Whether we realize it or not, we all know about a hundred Beatles songs. Who wrote what (few were really team efforts by John and Paul) and the details of the events h
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For all the fans - a must read!

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You got me at the word BEATLES!

I am a big fan of the Beatles, the minute I saw the title of this book I knew I had to have, hold and devour this book. This is a book that will get you humming away or maybe singing out loud…enjoying the music of the Beatles all over again. Full of great images, (the images are amazing!) and the words to every great song the Beatles recorded – they were all great, and the inspiration behind the songs, this book has it all. Re
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun short info on each song from each album, no earth shattering insights. I am using this as a resource for a speech on the Beatles I am giving for Toastmasters.
Holly Rose
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
wow... another band, another complete discography i have gone through. the beatles are truly amazing, like the innovation, the people themselves... i know the word "iconic" gets used so much these days that it almost has no meaning--but for this band it's fitting. this book gave me enough backstory for the songs without going too much into production and bogging down my movement through all of their songs. my one qualm was not going a little too deep into the actual beatles' personal lives and k ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beatles
Here we have the origin story for every original song the Beatles recorded, including the ones that didn’t get released until the Anthology compilation albums in the Nineties. The current edition now provides the lyrics for each song. As a music person, I wish there was more about the musical inspirations for every song, but there are other books for that. I have read a lot about the Beatles over the years and probably don’t need to read any more, but there was plenty to learn here that I hadn’t ...more
Bob Lefebvre
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not perfect, but lots of interesting information. As I read it, I listened to the song being described (except for a couple of albums I didn't have digitally). It gave me new perspectives on songs I knew well.

Side two of Abbey Road - best side ever.
Laurie Ouellet
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incroyable livre. J’ai lu la version francophone que je trouve très bien traduite à l’exception du terme « resucée » que je trouve bien réducteur pour décrire les chansons sœurettes des Beatles.
Jose Luis
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¿Que se puede decir acerca de un libro de The Beatles?

Este libro es nuevo y no, es una actualización en español de la edición de "a hard day's write" de Steve Turner que contiene las letras de canción no tiene mayor relevancia que ser "de relleno" realizadas para completar el album o simplemente la canción fue un bosquejo de una historia o un artículo de un periódico y como comenta Lennon: "son desechables".
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

An updated and expanded version of Turner's previous book on the subject. As I said in my review of an earlier edition, the facts presented within are interesting and often illuminating, but the author's speculations are distracting, unnecessary, and sometimes, in my opinion, way off the mark. But this new, over-sized version has the advantage of containing full lyrics, most of which are more accurate than anything found on the web or in songbooks, although here and there Turner mishears a word
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Since this deals only with how the songs came to be written, there is tons of personal info on Paul and John, a bit on George, and very very little on Ringo. Lots of interesting information. And, wow, the more I read about John Lennon, the less impressed I am. What a prick. And an overrated composer.
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Having lived through the era, it's interesting to see the stories behind the songs. Some of the explanations provoke a lot of discussion, but that's part of the fun.
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Steve Turner is an English music journalist, biographer and poet, who grew up in Northamptonshire, England. His first published article was in the Beatles Monthly in 1969. His career as a journalist began as features editor of Beat Instrumental where he interviewed many of the prominent rock musicians of the 1970s. He subsequently freelanced for music papers including NME, Melody Maker and Rolling ...more

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