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The Beatles: The Biography | [Bob Spitz]

The Beatles: The Biography

Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth, until now.
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Publisher's Summary

Even before the Beatles hit the big time, a myth was created. This version of the Beatles legend smoothed the rough edges and filled in the fault lines, and for more than forty years this manicured version of the Beatles story has sustained as truth, until now.

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Winner of Audio Publishers Association 2007 Audie Award, Non-Fiction, Abridged

"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)

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    Thomas Mount Prospect, IL, United States 12-09-05
    Thomas Mount Prospect, IL, United States 12-09-05 Member Since 2012
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    Dry and lifeless writing. I'm glad I never had this author as a teacher. I would have slept through every class.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Raimondi Pasadena, CA USA 04-06-06
    Fred Raimondi Pasadena, CA USA 04-06-06 Listener Since 2003

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    "Amazing....couldn't stop listening"

    This book was the most amazing historical account of the rise and fall of the Beatles ever. ANYONE who even has a remote interest in the
    Beatles should give this book a litsten. They won't be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Cliffside Park, NJ, USA 02-12-06
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    A refreshing insight to the inner world of the Fab Four's climb to the top and eventual disbanding. Spitz takes us on this journey from school boys to icons, the whole time keeping his pulse on the real lives of the four young men at the center of it all. - Scott Dreher, X-Ray Star

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    Jason Ammerman 12-10-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring as a bad class"

    The book reads like a poorly taught class on how to worship the Beatles. Too much detail!!

    I was interested in what kind of people they are and were, not who John dated when he was 10. I only made it through the first few chapters.

    But if you want the life story of John Lennon, this is your book.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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