Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962 - when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity. They've one hit record ("Love Me Do") behind them and the next ("Please Please Me") primed for release, their first album session is booked, and America is clear on the horizon. This is the lesser-known Beatles story - the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg - and in many respects the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. Here is the complete and true account of their family lives, childhoods, teenage years, and their infatuation with American music; here is the riveting narrative of their unforgettable days and nights in the Cavern Club, their laughs, larks, and adventures when they could move about freely, before fame closed in.
For those who've never read a Beatles book before, this is the place to discover the young men behind the icons. For those who think they know John, Paul, George, and Ringo, it's time to press the reset button and tune into the real story, the lasting word.
©2013 Mark Lewisohn (P)2013 Random House Audio
"The story is told so definitively that, after this, that really should be it….Lewisohn is a Beatles oracle." (The Guardian UK)
"I can think of no greater praise for Tune In than to say that it gives The Beatles the beginnings of the biography they deserve….gripping." (Financial Times)
"Unlikely to be surpassed as factual record…. Once anointed 'Beatle Brain of Britain' while working in accounts at BBC Radio, Lewisohn amasses and investigates facts without sacrificing an iota of the excitement." (Telegraph UK)
Audible Audio books has made a big difference to me..Poor eyesight curtailed my ability to read like I did when I was younger..Thanks Audibl
I'm just halfway thru this long and informative biographical history of John Paul George and Ringo and already I don't want it to end-even though I know how it ends.
Of an age with the FabFour, I have enjoyed comparing what I was doing in 1956, 1957, Clive Mantle is the perfect narrator for the biography-there is a great deal of first person relating of "I remember..." and Martin, who has a strong UK accent an mimic both the primary voices and secondary person voices very well..the accent isn't too strong for an American listener at all,..it's not a Liverpool accent...but is strong enough to keep the sense of place.
I think this is a story best listened to-in that respect, the Audible version is far superior to a text version - in any case, for someone who has followed the history of Rock and Roll, from the early early days back in 1956-57 to-in this first volume-1962, when the group is on their cusp of music history in the making.
Even for someone who simply enjoys biographies this would be a valued addition to the library. It's been well researched pulling past history back to great grand parents first meetings through grandparents and parents..and early 'teen girlfriends and first loves.
The seminal meeting of Paul and John is wonderfully presented with the addition of George coming quite soon after that (it was an 'I have a friend who can play lead guitar' type moment) after Paul froze with his first stage solo on guitar and decided to not go thru that again. Meanwhile Richie (Ringo not yet his nickname) was playing drums with another band, occasional appearing on the same bill but not playing with the 3 guitar players until later.
Apparently this huge book of 3 long volumes was 10 years in the researching. I've rad every Beatles(and other music personalities) book out there but this is my first audio version of such and it's a real eyeopener for me.
Even as youths, the boys then 14, 15 and 17, all felt the need to hit it big-to play the local large music hall..at this point there was no indication that they'd be playing the large halls and forums. They were just hoping for success locally and happy playing weddings, tavern (pub) dances and still half way a 'skiffle' band-even advertised the Quarrymen as a Skiffle Band on billboards and hand outs as rock was poorly accepted in these early years.
Get this if you're young andGet this if you're an older music lover who appreciates the changes we lived thru-when our parents were still listening to Sinatra and Patti Page and we had discovered Bill Haley and Buddy Holly.
Just get this sit back and enjoy.
The story flows like a very well made movie. The narration is great and the story is well told. I listened to 43 hrs in a week and you know what? I can hardly wait for parts 2 and three.
This is a massive book that is never dull or boring. The Clive Davis book comes to mind and also Janis Ian. Just great books about great lives.
I think He did all the voices very well,
So you think you know all about the Beatles? Think again.
I have read several books about the Beatles. They are one of my favorite Groups. This book reads better than most without letting all the details bog down the story. 43 hours..And I can't wait for the next volume,
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