The Beatles have been in our lives for half a century and surely always will be. Still, somehow, their music excites, their influence resonates, their fame sustains. New generations find and love them, and while many other great artists come and go, the Beatles are proving beyond eclipse.
So ... who really were these people, and just how did it all happen?
'The Beatles story' is everywhere. Told wrong from early on, rehashed in every possible way and routinely robbed of its context, this is a phenomenon in urgent need of a bright, new approach. In his series All These Years, Mark Lewisohn - the world-recognised Beatles historian - presses the Refresh button to tell the entire story as it's never been told or known before. Here, finally, is a full and accurate biography. It is certain to become the lasting word.
Tune In is book one of three, exploring and explaining a period that is by very definition lesser-known: the formative pre-fame years, the teenage years, the Liverpool and Hamburg years - in many ways the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. The Beatles come together here in all their originality, attitudes, style, speed, charisma, appeal, daring and honesty - the tools with which they're about to reshape the world. It's the Beatles in their own time, an amazing story of the ultimate rock band, a focused and colourful telling that builds and builds to leave four sharp lads from Liverpool on the very brink of a whole new kind of fame.
Using impeccable research and resources, Tune In is a magisterial work, an independent biography that combines energy, clarity, objectivity, authority and insight. The text is anti-myth, and tight and commanding - just like the Beatles themselves.
Here is the Beatles story as it really was. Throw away what you think you know and start afresh.
The introduction and prologue to Tune In is read by Mark Lewisohn.
The audio edition of Tune In comes in two parts. Each part is sold separately and this is Part One, taking the story from the very beginning to The Beatles' first, famous trip to Hamburg in 1960. Readers wishing to listen to the whole audio edition of Tune In should be sure to buy Part One and Part Two.
©2013 Mark Lewisohn (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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"Quite incredible detail"
I could't wait to get an opportunity to listen at every opportunity
Brian Epstein for loving and believing in "The Boys" and delivering them to the world
The early years when they were in Liverpool and talk of Hessy's guitars. Because of their music I used to go there to ogle guitars!
The ultimate Beatles biography
If you love the Beatles you must hear and read this book
Yes. It's a brilliantly written book (by Mark Lewisohn), and well read by Clive Mantle.
He brings the various accents the Beatles and others alive.
Looking forward to the next volume!
Every bit as good as I expected it to be. Very detailed account of the greatest rock n roll band the world has known. A must listen to anyone who wants to know all the facts about the Beatles.
"More than you ever wanted to know..."
I like the Beatles. I like reading about the Beatles but the amount of often trivial detail in this book is just too much even for a fan. I think the author could have lost half the material in this book and ended up with a much tighter story without losing anything of importance. I will listen to the next volume but I hope he's got more worth saying on the history of the Beatles and less of "John might have had eggs for breakfast on the 2nd of April 1961 but the evidence is inconclusive."
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