The product of almost a decade of research, hundreds of unprecedented interviews, and the discovery of scores of never-before-revealed documents, Bob Spitz's The Beatles is the biography fans have been waiting for.
Never before has a biography of musicians been so immersive and textured. We are there in the McCartney living room when Paul and John learn to write songs together; backstage the night Ringo takes over on drums; in seedy German strip clubs where George lies about his age so the band can perform; and at the Ed Sullivan Show as America discovers the joy and the madness. From Shea to San Francisco, through the London night, on to India, through marmalade skies, across the universe, all the way to a rooftop concert and one last moment of laughter and music.
It is all here, the highs and the lows, the love and the rivalry, the drugs, the tears, the thrill, the magic never again to be repeated. Bob Spitz's masterpiece is, at long last, the biography the Beatles deserve.
©2005 Bob Spitz; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.
"As with all great history writing, Spitz both captures a moment in time and humanizes his subjects. While some will blanch at the unsettling dark sides of the Beatles, most will come to appreciate the band even more for knowing the incredible personal odysseys they endured." (Publishers Weekly)
It was a trip down memory lane. Loved hearing about their lives. Hard to imagine a bunch of poor kids becoming so very famous and rich so fast and not being destroyed by it all.
His performance was excellent.
I own the book as well, and it's large. the reading was quite quick. I'm going to go back through and make sure I didn't miss anything, but I feel like it just kind of ended abruptly...
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This is an abridged audio version. I'm not sure what was cut, but it seemed too much a glitzy overview and focused too much on JL's stormy drug use. Also, there was not much musical analysis. Narration was good. Overall, it's a decent introduction with numerous high points.
All these decades later the mania is still infectious, and does grip the reader as they listen. It's funny, I'd read this book in paperback years ago, and remember it being a tome. In audio format, I wished it could have been longer. I would not have minded perhaps more statistics, actual sales numbers, more insights about the group's impact globally, to parallel the fascinating stories of the individuals involved. A great read and listen.
Spitz tells a fabulous story, and Molina narrated it beautifully.
Lewisohn's Tune In corrects a few factual errors, but this story moves a lot faster.
I've read many books about the Beatles and there is a lot of content here I didn't know before. And Molina brings their story to life with outstanding narration. Excellent from start to finish! Highly recommend.
Going into it I was just a fan without knowing much of their back story. Was really informative and can appreciate their music more knowing the back story to some of the best songs ever created.
I enjoyed it but I really felt like it needed more detail. The narrator is great. I feel like if you've seen the Anthology, you don't need to hear this.
This is a good start for anyone who wants to get an overview of the history of the Beatles. A word of warning though: few persons come out looking good in the end so if you harbor a idealized image of the band it might get smudged.
The focus of this book is the drama and personal relationships. A supplementary book would be Ian MacDonald's "Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties" which focuses entirely on the recordings (each and every one of them). That one is a must-have for any Beatles fan.
Alfred Molina does a good job but I can't help to wonder how it would be if it was read by someone with a northern accent.
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I'm 57, so I grew up with the Beatles and I knew most of the story, but not in this detail. It has just enough history of the four Beatles to give you an idea of who they were before they became Famous, and their life during and after Beatlemania gives you an idea of what they went through. The old saying "be careful what you which for, you might just get it" comes to mind. When the Beatles said, in 1962-63 that they were going to be the toppermost of the poppermost, they certainly got that. But by 1966, they may have wished for a little less. I greatly enjoyed this book, and Alfred Molina's narration was very good. Perfect for this subject.
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