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.
This story was one of the most insightful I have ever read. It put the Beatles in a new light for me. The story's chaotic ups and downs were told perfectly and eloquently.
Very easy to listen to and digest.
No. Probably not. Although I find anything about the Beatles interesting, there were really no new details about the greatest band of all time.
The discussions regarding the Lennon and McCartney friendship and song writing partnership.
The stories about Lennon's childhood are very sad but well known to most fans. I would have liked a deeper insight into Paul, George & Ringo's backgrounds.
This book is probably for the beginning Beatles fan who desires to know more about their childhood backgrounds and humble beginnings. The narrator was excellent. I was hoping for some newly revealed funny stories and insights behind the scenes during their Hamburg and World touring years.
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.
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