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 Two, taking the story from the aftermath of Hamburg and The Beatles' growing impact in Liverpool to the end of 1962. 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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I was a bit disappointed at first because the narrator (Lewisohn himself) that you hear in the preview doesn't read the rest of the book. But once I got used to Mantle, it was fine.
This is supposed to be the definite biography of the Beatles and it certainly seems so. Hours of Beatles anecdotes, stories and useful insights into the fab four and company. I never found it boring and I thought the way the author intertwines the lives of the four Beatles is really clever, but then again I'm the sort of fan who can't get enough of them. So take my opinion with a grain of salt.
I'll be waiting eagerly for the second book!
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