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)
homeschool yoga mom
love the writing and the performance. his american accent is hilarious. we sound like cartoon characters. but the beatles and brian epstein are "spot onnn."
Age 12 yr 11 mo, saw them, Cincy. Aug '64.
115°f upper level temp. 7 pm
People nearly died, standing room only.
Played 25 mins or so.
Couldn't hear, n blinded by flash cameras.
The Boys think THEY paid their dues.
All I got is this ticket stub.
Memory of a lifetime!
Wonderfully written and narrated. Extensive chronicle of the Boys up to 1963. Great insights into their childhoods, families and surroundings. Narrator repeated use of "What Did I Say" rather than "What'd I Say" (Ray Charles) absolutely hilarious!
I saw the length of this tome and thought, 'what is the author going to dig up every time Lennon hit the Loo?' But it was very well told and I can't imagine how he found new facets of this story to tell. Not the biggest problem is that the story is only told until 1963 and I'll probably have to wait until 2020 to get part 2!
I thought their time in Hamburg was more illuminating than most other tellings of this period.
I have not, however Mr. Mantle was a competent narrator that did not detract from the 40+ hours of storytime.
Not that kind of book. However, I did appreciate the deeper dive into George Martin's life. Most tellings leave him as a somewhat aloof father/teacher figure and his contribution deserves more than that.
C'mon part 2!!
Yes, the research, new knowledge, background and performance are amazing.
You come to know the real story of where they came from and then, eventually, the impact they had to an already musically alive Liverpool.
After Hamburg, when they first performed and everyone expected the old, somewhat incompetent Beatles. Then WOW! And the next time coming home as well.
The Beatles, Renaissance Rock Group.
Incredible! A Beatles bio unlike any other. Definitive, rich in detail, a must read for any serious Beatles fan. Well read, good accents. A
first rate reading of top notch writing.
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