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The Beatles Anthology

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  13,176 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
The international best-seller is now in paperback! From their years growing up in Liverpool through their ride to fame to their ultimate breakup, heres the inside story. Interwoven with The Beatles own memories are the recollections of such associates as road manager Neil Aspinall, producer George Martin, and spokesman Derek Taylor. The Beatles Anthology is a once-in-a-lif ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Chronicle Books (first published September 1st 2000)
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Paul Bryant
I like how we have a practically perfect understanding of the dynamics of these four personalities as they catapulted out of the 50s, created a great firebally comet in the firmament of the 60s and came splat thunk blackened hole trees blown down down down in the 70s. How the balance of power so tellingly and decisively tipped from Lennon, the pushy braggart who wrote nearly all of A Hard day's Night album, the nervy insecure one, over to McCartney the guy with the work ethic who actually though ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
May 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatles nuts only
A comprehensive history of the Fab Four, starting off with short biographies of each of the lads, and then following their career together as a band. It concludes with an epilogue of each lad, as well, and a tribute to John Lennon.

I don't know how objective this account is, but it was certainly LONG. Loaded with narratives from those who knew the Beatles, and quotes from the Beatles themselves, and studded with photos, it was a lot to assimilate. I mean, really, by the end, I was feeling a bit b
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Jennifer
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How could I have forgotten to add this book to my library? I love, love, love The Beatles. I was totally born in the wrong generation because I love all 60's music. Although The Beatles are by the far the most amazing from that generation and any generation since...in my humble opinion.
This book has been a reference book for me so far mostly. I haven't had a chance to read it front to back yet. It is quite large and difficult to curl up with on the couch. I do drag it off the bookshelf and go th
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Erin
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have read this book more times than any other book, apart from religious texts, which is only fitting since I cannot even begin to fathom how many hours of my life have been spent listening to the Beatles music. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if by the end of my life it would be more appropriate to measure it in years.

The Beatles possessed a rare and nearly mystical talent which in and of itself is captivating. But beyond that, they led fascinating and revolutionary lives that shaped a generat
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Mark
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music, memoir
A very well put together visual and verbal account of life with, for and by the Beatles (text s almost completely comprised of quoted passages)> an accompanying document to the Anthology CD collection and/or the documentary DVD. I like this because as a coffee table book, it is one of those that are more than likely to draw the interest of friends just because it is sitting there. And if you're bored, it's one of those nice ones to just pick up and jump in anywhere.
I was an 8 year old kid wh
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Billy
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything Beatles! By the Beatles! What could be wrong?,

Take 4 guys from England that changed the world of music forever and have them tell the story of their meteoric rise to fame and dominance of the music industry for decades and what do you have? THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY.

John, Paul, George and Ringo made the music that we listen to today what it is. Without the British Invasion, we would never have had the development of rock and roll as it is today. Elvis and the Beatles, they are the fathers
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Andy Wedge
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the diehard Beatles fan, this huge and vast book deserves full stars. As a book for the casual Beatles fan it might not be so appealing due to the sheer size and volume of this book. However, that being said it is THE perfect coffee table book because let’s face it, if you like music then at the very least you will be a casual Beatles fan.

The book is packed with photos, images of handwritten song lyrics and notes written by the Beatles, and tons of interviews. In terms of Beatles trivia and
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White
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievable time line of the Beatles, their success, failures, and their rise to fame. I have never seen a bibliography like this. The details are exquisite. This book FEELS real and precise. It has some amazing facts in it and it holds nothing back. Loved this book.
Kate
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. This book taught me so much. It's great that the four of them wrote this, because they are the ones who know what happened, and they can call each other out on what didn't. Full of music and images, this book is a *must* for anyone who considers themselves a Beatle-maniac.
Italia8989
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Beatlemaniacs and Applescruffs and people of good taste
My aesthetic is tying someone to a chair and forcing them to listen to Revolution 9 on loop. I'm not joking.

My love for the Beatles is incomprehensible and increases infinityfold tenfold from understanding the writing and theory that goes behind their musicianship. They have brought me the majority of joy, identification, and even purpose to my life for the last several months. This might seem unhealthy, but it would be a lot more unhealthy for me to be mentally ill.

The combination of the realne
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“Trying to please everybody is impossible - if you did that, you'd end up in the middle with nobody liking you. You've just got to make the decision about what you think is your best, and do it.” 70 likes
“I think the music reflects the state that the society is in. It doesn't suggest the state. I think the poets and musicians and artists are of the age - not only do they lead the age on, but they also reflect that age. [...] Like The Beatles. We came out of Liverpool and we reflected our background and we reflected our thoughts in what we sang, and that's all people are doing.” 25 likes
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