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Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years | [Mark Lewisohn]

Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years

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.
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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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Robert K. Gramenz Tacoma, WA 03-14-14
    Robert K. Gramenz Tacoma, WA 03-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Thank you, Mark Lewisohn and Clive Mantle. In 2 years, I'll be 64. Still no grandchildren on my knee. Yet like many my age, The Beatles rocked me into adulthood, a long, strange trip. Every time I changed, they changed. Who was first? God, it was magical! With Lewisohn's sharp skills as a writer and a depth of material that is mind boggling, and Mantle's ability to tell the story and do the accents, we have here a book that requires a review, my first in 10 years of membership. (note the 5 stars across the board). This is simply a great piece of work. To be savored. This really happened, folks. Here's the story of how it happened; listen up and be amazed over and over and over again. I'm 2/3 of the way thru Tune In (volume 1!!) and to summarize: music is love.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Archie 03-03-14
    Archie 03-03-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Exceptional"

    I grew up with the Beatles and still remember the first time I heard them on the redo.

    Mark Lewisohn has written a truly outstanding biography which was narrated flawlessly by Clive Mantle.

    I have been with Audible from their beginning and this might just be the best read/listen that I have had. This very long book is all to short!

    I particularly enjoyed what the author had to say about Ringo whose significance to the Beatles I had not previously understood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 02-28-14
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2014

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Everything you wanted to know but forgot to ask."

    This is book one of a trilogy about the Fab 4. It takes in the early years, including a bit of genealogy into the grandparents up to the first recording contracts.
    What I liked about the book? Lots of tidbits that I never knew and no whitewashing of their image. It was quite an eye opener to me to know how much they stole and were pretty angry young men. However despite that their talent and drive for success saved them and gave the world the Beatles.

    What I didn't like about the book? A little too much information. I really didn't need to know when George lost his virginity or every conversation they had with their fan club members. Better more than less though I suppose the author thought.

    If you are looking for a definitive biography of the Beatles than this is it. You can tell the author was a huge fan and yet he was truthful and straight forward in his story.

    The narrator was very good and look forward to hearing more from him.

    Can't wait for volume 2!

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    J Frances 02-25-14
    J Frances 02-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "I just loved this!"

    Longtime Beatle fan here and Tune In is for fans like me. I have read just about every Beatle book there is. This is exceptional. This is a must have for the true fan. Takes you right in from the beginning to the days just before The Beatles came to the States. Loved the inside stories on the Beatles families, their personalities, where they came from. John the mad, sometimes evil genius, Paul the brilliant songwriter and businessman before his time, George - talented, perfected guitarist even before he bloomed and Ringo the likable kid who was talented and in the right place at the right time. Stu, Pete Best all intricate parts to building this phenomenon known as the Beatles. Of course Brian Epstein who believed in them and pushed them to the top.

    I cannot wait to read the next chapter of Tune In - The Beatles 1963 to 1969. I hope there will be one.

    This is number one in my book of reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Dream 02-02-14
    Dr. Dream 02-02-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tune In to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I drive truck and am in motion so much of each day, I have no alternative.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tune In?

    Getting a sense of what The Boys were dealing with at the beginning of what became Beatlemania.


    Which character – as performed by Clive Mantle – was your favorite?

    All of them. A remarkable job of trying to emulate each of the Beatles, including the two less well known, Stu & Pete.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I'm desperate for the following volumes - hurry please


    Any additional comments?

    Don't want to wait for the next volumes... ship me previews if you can :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 05-29-15
    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 05-29-15 Member Since 2006

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    "Please please me!"

    I grew up with them. Saw the Beatles live in Detroit, Mich - they are and always will be my boys. This is an amazing piece of journalism and story telling. I was a bit daunted by 40 hours but here I am at the end and wanting more. I will have to keep myself very healthy and alert to be around for 2020 and part two. Maybe release in sections - I would pay for the subscription. Beatles 4ever! 😉

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    Reza ORANGE, CA, United States 05-11-15
    Reza ORANGE, CA, United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2007
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    "A must read for any Beatles fan."

    A wonderful book. Funny, poignant, informative, and rather sad in parts.

    Really great narrator, only complaint is his insistence on doing a rather extreme accent for every person. His impressions of the Fab 4 are great, but really don't need these thick, exaggerated voices for the Germans, Americans, etc...

    Cannot wait for volume 2!

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    Cynthia Lee Reneau Atlanta 05-04-15
    Cynthia Lee Reneau Atlanta 05-04-15 Member Since 2011
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    "The truth!"

    If you are a hardcore Beatles fan this book is a must read! Lewisohn isn't known for his Beatles knowledge and research. Nothing is left out, glossed over or made up. Lewisohn goes out of his way to make sure the reader knows everything and if information is sketchy he tells so. He also talks about rumors and backs his information with interviews, documents and film. If he feels that information is stretched or not enough references exist, he writes about it. This book is a true piece of art and history! I can't wait for the next 2 parts!

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    Darryn Young 05-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Beatles the beginning"

    This book takes you right from the start. Giving answers to many questions.
    Vol 2 will be a pearler.
    If love the Beatles music you will love this.

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    robmtoast 04-30-15
    robmtoast 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    Everything about it... just perfect!
    Looking forward to the next part read again by Clive!

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